Seduction has a way of hitting its target faster than bullets.
From the carcass of a Washington D.C. car bomb, a political mystery spawns a page-turning investigation into the assassination of Eduardo Allesandro Palmero, Chilean dissident and a skillful womanizer. As CIA investigator Alfred Dobbs pieces together the evidence, Palmero’s politically turbulent life comes to light. But what Dobbs soon discovers soars beyond his wildest imagination.
At the height of international terrorism, Palmero fights his war with an unlikely weapon, seduction. Marie DeFarge, Frederika Millspaugh and Penny Anne McCarthy, Palmero’s sex-craving subjects are rallied into battle, tearing them from a life of tranquility and into the passionate caress of a man who will stop at nothing for a cause, his cause.
But when Eduardo’s carpet of lies begins to unravel, thread by thread, and his obsession-inducing sexual offensive comes to a halt, his very fate is at stake. Will the feared Chilean Intelligence Agency finally get him? Will love and sex intoxicate the minds of three women descending beyond reason? Or will the conned women become the conwomen?
“Diverting, well-written and sexy.” – Houston Chronicle
“A good one, with a tight plot and excellent characterizations put together.” – Calgary Herald
“Lively and interesting, Adler mixes sex and action in his books, and he does it with skill and taste.” – Times News, Erie, PA
“A novel full of intrigue and passion. It is an absorbing and dramatic story.” – Pittsburgh Press
“A fast-moving book of political and romantic intrigues… the characters are diverse and interesting.” – Chattanooga News Free Press
Chattanooga Times Free Press by Linda McArthur
Political Intrigue in Chile
At first, the death of Eduardo Allesandro Palmero was thought to be the result of his political intrigues and his constant guerrilla war against the government of his native Chile.
All that was definitely known was that his death was caused by a bomb which exploded as he drove past the Chilean Embassy in Washington, D.C. The CIA and the FBI both began intensive and competitive investigations.
The CIA’s man, Alfred Dobbs, had had Palmero under surveillance for a long while; and as he waited for the results of the laboratory analyses from the scene of the explosion, he took the Palmero file and began to search for clues to the identity of the murderer.
Palmero had rejected the life of wealth and prestige into which he had been born and had joined with the revolutionaries to aid the impoverished people of his country.
This involvement caused an estrangement between him and his family and eventually led to his exile. As an exile he seemed to enjoy the intrigue, the plots and the counter-plots.
He also enjoyed the women who were attracted by his looks and his intense dedication to a cause. These included an ambassador’s wife who was willing to forsake her husband and children for him, a wealthy widow who offered him $3 million dollars to stay with her, and a veteran of the campus conflicts of the sixties who was eager to further his cause with violence if it became necessary. And always there were Palmero’s intrigues.
As Dobbs sifted through the information concerning Palmero, he began to wonder if the murdered was actually a member of the Chilean junta or if it could possibly be one of Palmero’s mistresses.
Mr. Adler has written a fast-moving book of political and romantic intrigues. Even though they are few, the characters are diverse and interesting.
The pieces of the plot fit together neatly and resemble a mosaic which needs many small pieces before the picture becomes evident.
“Even though a man at the CIA ponders the reasons for the murder of Eduardo Palmero, a Chilean political exile in Washington, this is not really an espionage thriller, nor, one supposes, was it quite meant to be, although some of the thriller’s trappings are employed in passing. Rather, it is a detailed examination of the uses of sexual power, as seen from the point of view of a Latin Casanova’s willing victims – the wife of a French diplomat, a wealthy widow, and a former revolutionary-turned-waitress. Adler’s story…entirely convincing in the psychological presentation of Casanova and the three women.”
Thriller with a Strange Twist
If Warren Adler’s new book were to be described in just a few words, they might be “a thriller with an incredibly strange twist.”
Setting is Washington, D.C., where a Chilean national, Eduardo Allesandro Palmero, an Allende supporter, is blown up in his car. Both the FBI and the CIA enter the picture to find out the reasons for the murder.
The book deals with what they found out about him as well as unraveling the mystery of his murder.
This is a high-tension political intrigue with excellent dramatization of the worlds of good and evil. The reader is taken into an ambivalent world of balancing the whys of Eduardo’s actions against his deeds.
This is Adler’s fifth book and a good one, with a tight plot and excellent characterizations put together.
Pittsburgh Press by Ethel Black
Novel Full of Intrigue, Passion
Eduardo Allesandro Palmero, an exile from the deposed Allende government in Chile, is living in Washington D.C. He is plotting to overthrow the present Chilean government.
Palmero becomes involved with three women and uses them in his scheme. He skillfully manipulates them and uses his power over their passion to get them to do his bidding. He has them planting listening devices in the Chilean embassy, carrying tapes and giving him huge sums of money.
Suddenly, Palmero’s life is snuffed out one morning in front of the Chilean Embassy by a homemade bomb hidden in his car. In flashbacks Palmero’s life is depicted as a series of events which ultimately lead him into a life of political intrigue.
CIA agent Alfred Dobbs knew everything there was to know about Palmero. Dobbs is skeptical of the official explanation of Palmero’s death as political revenge. Dobbs digs in and pieces together the threads of Palmero’s life. He gets to know Palmero intimately and finds himself envying this charming and mysterious man. Dobbs draws his own conclusions on Palmero’s death and even understands why he is killed.
Warren Adler has written a novel packed full of intrigue and explicit sexual detail. It is an absorbing and dramatic story of a Chilean Casanova who died as he lived, with passion.
Times News (Erie, PA)
I like Warren Adler’s work. I particularly enjoyed Trans-Siberian Express, a fine re-creation of a fictional train ride, and this new book, about a Chilean Casanova, who also fights against the military junta ruling his country, looks lively and interesting. Adler mixes sex and action in his books and he does it with skill and taste.