Spy Killer (Mystery & Suspense Short Stories Collection)

By L. Ron Hubbard

American Sailor Kurt Reid is a hothead and a difficult case—a guy who hits first and asks questions later.  As scrappy and tough round the edges as Jimmy Cagney, it’s no ask yourself that once the ship’s captain turns up lifeless, it’s Reid who takes the rap.

Falsely accused and lower than the gun, Reid jumps send and vanishes into Shanghai —only to get stuck in an online of intrigue, betrayal, and murder.  In a global the place not anything is what it sort of feels and every thing is on the market, he’s quickly out of his intensity, drawn right into a secret agent online game during which the winner takes all . . . and the loser takes a knife to the back.

Will Reid dwell as much as his acceptance because the undercover agent Killer? He’ll need to examine the foundations quickly, simply because with gamers like attractive Russian agent Varinka Savischna within the hunt, the sport is set to show as seductive because it is sinister. 

As a younger guy, Hubbard visited pre-Communist China 3 times, the place his closest pal headed up British intelligence.  In a land the place communists, nationalists, battle lords and overseas adventurers schemed for keep an eye on, Hubbard received a special perception into the intelligence operations and spy-craft within the region—a wisdom that informs tales like secret agent Killer.

 “Vividly written, super-fast-paced.” —Ellery Queen

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Together with his again driven opposed to the nippiness stone, Kurt raised the automated and fired. A shadow within the lead went down and stumbled again to splash into the pool beside the iron stork. Kurt moved rapidly to 1 facet. An answering shot whined clear of the stone beside his head. Crouching low, steadying his gun on his arm, Kurt drew a bead on one other chinese language to the left. the fellow and his friends faltered. That used to be all Kurt sought after. whereas he used to be at midnight, the others have been in aid, whether or not they knew it or no longer, opposed to the lighter grey wall. Kurt’s aim leaped sideways, crying out and stumbling. His friends replaced their place rapidly and commenced to shut in towards the guy they can yet dimly see. Rock chips flew beside Kurt’s arm. He shifted his place. one of many chinese language was once virtually on him. Kurt leaped out, instantly into the fellow’s face. Kurt jammed the muzzle seize deep into the yielding belly and pulled the set off. The shot sounded lifeless. A blast of ache went via Kurt’s shoulder. He whipped away, sporting a knife with him, embedded in his flesh. With a roar the final chinese language flung himself upon Lin Wang’s sufferer. They went down into shrubbery with a crash, the chinese language on most sensible. Kurt, anger atmosphere purple balls dancing sooner than his face, felt that he embraced a clawing tiger. Kurt kicked difficult with either toes. palms have been finding his throat. Kurt’s gun used to be long past. He discovered dimly that anything used to be white sizzling in his shoulder. The man’s knife. Kurt rolled to at least one aspect, suffering. The hands sank deep into his windpipe. the celebrities above him started to spin crazily. His chest was once burning for loss of air. He reached around the Chinese’s hands, towards his personal shoulder, attempting to imagine, forcing himself to do the item. With a major attempt, Kurt clutched the knife hilt and tugged the weapon unfastened from his personal flesh. He twisted back, attempting to get arm room. He held the knife excessive above the other’s again and taken it down. He pulled it out and taken it down a moment time. The blade wouldn't stream. the realm used to be black for seconds, after which the arms eased up. Throat damn, the chinese language slumped down at the guy he had nearly killed. For seconds Kurt lay dragging in important air. He had by no means earlier than identified how strong it was once to simply breathe. yet after a bit he assembled his power and thrust the physique clear of him. The chinese language was once like an obese tree, already inflexible. Kurt acquired to his toes and fumbled approximately for his gun. He couldn't locate the only he have been given. instead he took a Colt . forty five which had fallen from the hand of the second one guy he had killed. He went in the course of the backyard towards the shattered gate, stopped beside each one physique, searching for Yang. yet Yang was once now not there. Yang was once nonetheless alive, nonetheless awaiting the kill. From the road got here the sound of working males. apparatus clanked. the japanese guards have been on their method to ensure the cause of the taking pictures. Kurt knew that loss of life waited for him at their arms. He ran down the wall and located one other gate. Shouts echoed throughout the backyard.

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