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The Scorpio Letters

(1964)
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The book starts with the villain, Antonio Bardi, writing four blackmail letters to his British victims: Professor Ronald Dean, Sir Alexander Synat (businessman), John Hope Berney (politician), and Nadia Temple (actress).They are sent to a courier in London, Luigi Fettoni, but the courier is killed in a traffic accident on the way to the post box, and the letters are delivered by the police. None of the recipients shows them to the policeman who comes to the door , since they all assume the dead man was the blackmailer and they are now safe. However, a young friend of the professor, George Constantine, visits the Fettoni house, realises Fettoni was just a courier, and starts investigating. He also picks up what looks like a membership card of something called the Bianeri. He contacts the other three victims, finding their names by asking a friend at the hospital.He teams up with the actress's daughter, Nicola Meade. They work out that the common link to the scandalous secrets that the blackmailer found out is a restaurant owner called Vinescu, his partner then called Longo, the partner's wife, Elsie, and a stage magician called Ricardo Cadim. The two young heroes set off to Paris searching for Cadim who has performed there recently.

    

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Hardback Editions

April 1984 : UK Hardback
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Title: Scorpio Letters (A New Portway large print book)
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-85119-263-7 / 978-0-85119-263-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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1971 : UK Hardback
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Title: Scorpio Letters
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-434-10752-2 / 978-0-434-10752-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Paperback Editions

January 1981 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Scorpio Letters
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-441-75519-4 / 978-0-441-75519-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ace Books
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February 1975 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Scorpio Letters (Bull's-eye)
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-09-120121-7 / 978-0-09-120121-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Nelson Thornes Ltd
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August 1971 : UK Paperback
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Title: Scorpio Letters
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-330-10523-X / 978-0-330-10523-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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