by Elleston Trevor, was published as a hardcover by Beaufort Books in 1985, but
the edition that caught my eye was the Star Book (imprint of W. H. Allen &
Co.) mass market edition. The cover says everything. The artist: unknown (to me
The first paragraph:
The snow came drifting in
massive silence across the Lenin Hills, blown from the north and spreading
rumpled ermine over the city, torn here and there by the spikes of the church
steeples and jeweled by the street lamps, with the gold domes of the Kremlin
burning against the black horizon to the south.
Elleston Trevor is best remembered as the author of The
Flight of the Phoenix (1964), which has been translated to film twice, and
his alter ego, Adam Hall, who penned a number of significant adventure and spy
stories, including the Quiller books.