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Black Gambit

(1978)
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'Solzhenitsyn had gone. Who next?'

Moscow, at the height of Cold War tensions. The faceless men of the KGB have come for Alexandrai Zorin, a brilliant scientist, but like Sakharov, like Solzhenitsyn, a dissident. He now faces the horrors of interrogation in Lubyanka prison.

In Washington there is a man called Allen Scott, whose job is not defined anywhere. In the Department's directory he is described as 'special assistant to the Secretary of State.'

He is, in fact, Henry Kissinger's contact with the world. And when Scott and his team of advisers decide it would make a brilliant publicity coup against the USSR to break Zorin out of Russia, they set in motion a series of events which no one can stop - except the President himself.

The plan is simple: find someone who can double for Zorin and sneak Zorin out of Russia from under the noses of the KGB.

And in Folsom Prison, California, the new day begins for John Parker at 5.30 a.m., the same as any other day. He has been in prison for seven years. His crime: killing his wife and her lover. He'll run any risk for freedom and the chance of seeing his daughter again.

The name of the game is international diplomacy; and it is a game in which the individual is an expendable pawn on a chess board, just as long as the cynical politicians who decide the moves can see some advantage for themselves in the sacrifice of others.

Eric Clark's Black Gambit is a gripping and thrilling story of high-stakes deception and espionage, as well as an authentic account of the moves played by both sides of the Iron Curtain.

PRAISE FOR ERIC CLARK



'A swift keenly knotted festival of ironies ... that boosts him high up in the stark, British suspense echelons.' - Kirkus Reviews

'Slickly paced in thrills and spills department.' - Observer


Eric Clark is an investigative journalist: according to then Home Secretary, Roy Jenkins, his Observer disclosures about gambling led to the decision to change Britain's gaming laws. He has also written four successful thrillers, among them Black Gambit and Chinese Burn.

    

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Hardback Editions

1979 : UK Hardback
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Title: Black Gambit
Author(s): Eric Clark
ISBN: 0-600-87237-8 / 978-0-600-87237-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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January 1978 : UK Hardback
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Title: Black Gambit
Author(s): Eric Clark
ISBN: 0-340-22379-0 / 978-0-340-22379-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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January 1978 : USA Hardback
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Title: Black gambit: A novel
Author(s): Eric Clark
ISBN: 0-688-03264-8 / 978-0-688-03264-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Morrow
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Paperback Editions

May 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: Black Gambit (Coronet Books)
Author(s): Eric Clark
ISBN: 0-340-24271-X / 978-0-340-24271-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Coronet Books
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January 1979 : USA Paperback
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Title: Black Gambit
Author(s): Eric Clark
ISBN: 0-446-82810-6 / 978-0-446-82810-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Warner Books
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Kindle Editions

July 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Black Gambit
Author(s): Eric Clark
Publisher: Endeavour Press
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