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Vanishing Point

(1982)
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Vanishing Point surpasses even Victor Canning's usual high standards; it is wickedly sophisticated with a gallery of characters that will linger long in the memory of the reader. Canning readers, as well as those yet to be introduced to his novels, will discover this to be one of his best - completely convincing, satisfying, and intriguing. For Maurice Crillon, life ambles along in a more or less perfunctory manner. A man of some contradiction, Maurice is an artist of considerable talent and an accomplished restorer of fine paintings. His main occupation in life, however, is making high-quality forgeries of paintings. That and maintaining his various mistresses. When Maurice's mother dies, he discovers an intriguing and baffling fact about himself; his is not French, as he as always thought, but English, born of aristocratic blood. A visit to his English father, an elderly, delightful eccentric, plunges Crillon into a series of complications reaching through France, Switzerland, and Italy. His curiosity about his parents entangles him in a adventure in which he unwittingly becomes the quarry of the security services of two nations as well as the Mafia, all of them bent on recovering certain incriminating documents that have fallen into his possession. A thriller compounded of international intrigue, blackmail, unusual plotting, and suspense, Vanishing Point has all the usual Canning ingredients cleverly blended, full of charm, excitement, and romance, culminating in a wonderfully ironic climax.

    

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Hardback Editions

July 1984 : UK Hardback
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Title: Vanishing Point (Ulverscroft large print)
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-7089-1155-2 / 978-0-7089-1155-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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December 1982 : USA Hardback
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Title: Vanishing Point
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-688-01107-1 / 978-0-688-01107-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
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September 1982 : UK Hardback
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Title: Vanishing Point
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-434-10797-2 / 978-0-434-10797-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Vanishing Point
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 1-4448-1280-7 / 978-1-4448-1280-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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April 1984 : UK Paperback

Title: Vanishing Point
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-330-28228-X / 978-0-330-28228-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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