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Gavin Lyall

Gavin Lyall lived in Hampstead and enjoyed sailing on the Thames in his motor cruiser. From 1959 to 1962 he was a newspaper reporter and the aviation correspondent for the Sunday Times. His first novel, The Wrong Side of the Sky, was published in 1961, drawing from his personal experiences in the Libyan Desert and in Greece. Lyall left journalism in 1963 to become a full-time author, writing wrote 17 novels before his death in 2003.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The Harry Maxim Series
The Secret Servant (1980)
The Conduct of Major Maxim (1982)
The Crocus List (1985)
Uncle Target (1988)

The Honour Series
Spy’s Honour (1993)
Flight From Honour (1996)
All Honourable Men (1997)
Honourable Intentions (1999)

General Fiction
The Wrong Side of the Sky (1961)
The Most Dangerous Game (1963)
Midnight Plus One (1965)
Shooting Script (1966)
Venus With Pistol (1969)
Freedom’s Battle: The War in the Air 1939–1945 (1971)
Blame the Dead (1973) Judas Country (1975)

Non-fiction
Operation Warboard: How to Fight World War II Battles in Miniature (1971)
Freedom’s Battle: The War in the Air 1939-1945 Miniature: Wargaming WWII Battles in 20-25mm Scale (1972) 

 

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THE SECRET SERVANT

 

A suicide at the ministry of defence. A hand grenade through the door of number ten. A Czech defector with a file worth killing for…The whole sequence of grisly incidents points the finger at John Tyler.Professor John Tyler. Nuclear strategist and insatiable lecher. The man who will state Britain’s case when Europe’s think tank on Armageddon gathers in Luxembourg.Harry Maxim – SAS major on special assignment to Downing Street – is under orders to watch Tyler’s back.The professor is a flawed man. Maxim knows just how flawed. If the KGB’s specially-imported hit men don’t know, they’re certainly acting as if they do…

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 16th October 2012

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BLAME THE DEAD

 

Martin Fenwick was a rich, respected syndicate man; a man everybody loved. Until the day he stumbled onto a deadly secret that sent him on a rendezvous with a bullet that silenced him forever. Lois Fenwick, the unfortunate widow, was oddly without sorrow over her husband’s death, for she was still young, beautiful, and very much alive. Mrs. Fenwick knew how to live…and love. David Fenwick, the surviving son, was about to become a man. He wanted his father’s killer, and would risk his own life to find him. James Card, bodyguard, sought only revenge, for Martin Fenwick had died in his arms, leaving behind him only one clue: a small package wrapped in plain brown paper. A clue that sent Card on a relentless manhunt across international borders and into the clutches of death…

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011

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ALL HONOURABLE MEN

 

When a Turkish bandit holds engineers building the Baghdad Railway to ransom, Britain is secretly relieved as the Railway threatens the Persian Gulf oil-fields.Feigning help, the Foreign Office sends the notorious Lady Kelso, once lover of the bandit chief, with Captain Matthew Ranklin and Conall O’Gilroy of the fledgling Secret Service Bureau as ‘diplomatic protection’.A journey by the Kaiser’s private train to the bandit stronghold leads through ambush, betrayal, murder and bombardment. For there are others – German, Turkish and French – honourably putting their countries’ interests above everything.In the misty Turkish mountains, all of Ranklin’s military experience and O’Gilroy’s back-streets savvy are tested to the full.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011

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THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

 

Bill Cary is a bush pilot living in Lapland in northern Finland, making a precarious living flying aerial survey flights looking for nickel deposits, and occasional charter cargo flights of dubious legitimacy in his beat-up old de Havilland Beaver. Towards the end of the flying season, a wealthy American hunter hires him to fly into a prohibited part of Finland near the Soviet border in order to hunt bear. Subsequently, he is assaulted by thugs when he refuses a charter contract to search for a lost Tsarist treasure, comes under suspicion from the Finnish police for smuggling when Tsarist-era gold sovereigns start turning up, and from the Finnish secret police for espionage. However, things get more serious when the wealthy American’s hunter’s beautiful sister turns up to search for her brother, and his fellow bush pilots start getting killed off in a series of suspicious accidents. Cary suspects that the events he is increasingly involved in may stem from an incident in his wartime past.The Most Dangerous Game was a runner-up for the British Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award in 1964.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011

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JUDAS COUNTRY

 

Roy Case,ex-Royal Air Force, makes a threadbare living flying charter cargo flights around the Mediterranean in an old Beechcraft Queen Air. His dreams of having his own plane and charter company rapidly fading due to age and lack of money. However, conditions begin spiral out of control when he lands in Cyprus. Not only did his employers go bankrupt, leaving him stranded and without pay, but his plane is impounded, he is mugged by mysterious assailants on a dark back street, and is trailed by an Israeli Mossad agent. When he finds that the cases clearly marked “champagne” that he was supposed to be flying to Lebanon contain machine guns instead, he suspects that things are going to get a lot worse.When Case’s friend Cavitt shows up, fresh from an Israeli prison, together with a mysterious Austrian archaeologist and his even more mysterious daughter, the plot thickens with hidden Crusader treasure, Lebanese gangsters, betrayal and murder.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 15th November 2012

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THE CROCUS LIST

 

The assassination attempt on the American president in London bore the hallmark of the KGB. But with Britain about to hold unilateral talks with the Russians over Berlin, why should Moscow Centre rock the boat? Major Harry Maxim smelled conspiracy. Trouble was, nobody wanted to believe him.So the Major goes hunting, taking with him his old mentor from Downing Street days, George Harbinger, and another colleague from former times, the not so old and much more attractive Agnes Algar, MIS.It’s all highly unofficial. But that doesn’t stop Maxim shooting and pistol-whipping his way from London to East Berlin via the Cotswolds, Eastbourne and Illinois, until he finally tracks down the Crocus List – a group of earnest patriots playing God and soldiers to open the country’s eyes to the Russian menace…

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011

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SHOOTING SCRIPT

 

‘I don’t know if you’re working for Jiminez or not. But either way, the general made a mistake. You should’ve been in jail. Now you’re loose, and that worries me. Because you’re still a killer…’Flying charter around the Caribbean wasn’t quite the same as flying high cover against Migs in Korea. But it was a living. Carr had built up a solid reputation, and he’d kept his hands clean – you needed to in this part of the world. So why did everyone suspect he was working for the Republica rebels?Something about the film company he’d been hired to fly the camera plane for worried him. Why had they chosen him? There were plenty of other pilots around. And why did the plane have to be a B-25, an old World War 2 bomber?This time General Bosca had let him go. Carr hoped there wouldn’t be a next time…

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 16th January 2013

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THE CONDUCT OF MAJOR MAXIM

 

Major Harry Maxim is drawn into the shadowy – and deadly – world of East-West intrigueA deserting English corporal, a cabinet convulsion in East Germany, a double murder in a small West German town, a widowed piano teacher in Yorkshire: they’re all somehow related by a deep, dark secret from the past. And it’s up to Harry Maxim to uncover the secret-before it’s too late.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011

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VENUS WITH PISTOL

 

‘Mr Kemp – I believe you smuggle art? I have a little proposition…’It seemed like money for old rope. All Kemp had to do was arrange the smooth transportation of the works of art his wealthy patron was secretly buying on behalf of the Nicaraguan government across the frontier into Switzerland. And anything was preferable to London in January.It started to go badly wrong when he woke up in a Zurich park with a bump the size of a burial mound on his head, minus the priceless Cezanne he’d been carrying. The very next day he ran into Harry Burroughs at the airport. Kemp suspected it wasn’t just coincidence.For Burroughs was a fine-art dealer, and an even finer crook. If he was mixed up in all this, Kemp knew that from now on he would have to earn his money – the hard way…

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011

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UNCLE TARGET

 

It wasn’t just a tank. It was the prototype, next generation, Main Battle Tank, with a radically new gun. And now it was missing, presumed about to fall into hostile hands.Secretly loaned to the Jordanian army for desert evaluation tests, it has vanished in the confusion of a revolt by an entire armoured brigade.From the bloody evidence of a London hotel siege it is clear that the events are deliberately connected. The MBT90 must be found and if necessary destroyed, to preserve its secrets.SAS-trained Major Harry Maxim is sent in. But what starts as a simple demolition job is about to turn into a desperate run for freedom as their tank is hunted across a desert wilderness.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011

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