Originally published in hardback last September, today sees the paperback release of Trigger Mortis in the United States.
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Anthony Horowitz’s addition to the continuation novels is set directly after the events of Goldfinger and sees the return of one of the best known Bond girls of all, Pussy Galore.
Largely well received upon initial publication, the UK received a paperback edition in May, but this US edition has a nice pulpy cover design that includes an Aston Martin DB5. Although the car appears in the film version of Goldfinger, Bond drove an Aston Martin mark III in the novel.
Here’s the official blurb:
James Bond, the world’s most famous spy, returns to his 1950s heyday in this thriller from New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz, incorporating never-before-published material from 007’s creator, Ian Fleming
James Bond won his battle with criminal mastermind Auric Goldfinger, but a whole new war is about to begin. With glamorous Pussy Galore by his side-and in his bed-Bond arrives home from America to the news that SMERSH, the deadly Soviet counterintelligence agency, plans to sabotage an international Grand Prix. He must play a high-speed game of cat and mouse on the track to stop them, but a chance encounter with a mysterious Korean millionaire, Jason Sin, warns him that the scheme is only the Soviets’ opening move.
This dashing and seductive narrative of fast cars, beautiful women, and ruthless villains has all the hallmarks of an Ian Fleming original, including familiar faces such as M and Miss Moneypenny. Trigger Mortis pits Bond and American adventurer Jeopardy Lane against a cold-blooded tycoon determined to bring America to its knees-with the help of SMERSH, who will pay any price to secure Soviet victory in the space race now driving the Cold War. The clock is ticking as the scheme unfolds, culminating in a heart-stopping New York City showdown that will determine the fate of the West.