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Arms for Adonis

Blood and love in Lebanon

Charlotte Jay

Arms for Adonis
The blood of Adonis, thought Sarah, remembering the church that was built like a pagan temple. Coquelicot rouge - the symbol of a dying man whose blood stained the hillside in the spring.

Sarah Lane, abandoning her French lover for the brilliant Lebanese sunshine, believes that the day will belong to her alone. But when a street bomb hurls her into the arms of a dangerously handsome Syrian colonel, she finds herself trapped once again. Is this a kidnapping? A seduction? Or merely the chaos of the Middle-East?

The Wakefield Crime Classics series revives forgotten or neglected gems of crime and mystery fiction by Australian authors. Many of the writers have established international reputations but are little known in Australia.

Praise for Arms for Adonis
‘Charlotte Jay cannot write a dull or graceless sentence. The heroine of Arms for Adonis, Sarah Lane, is fascinatingly alive, and her convincing adventures have a background so vividly depicted that Lebanon itself becomes a protagonist in the novel.’ - New York Times

‘Spirited English lady becomes involved with dashing Syrian colonel; sapphire ring, jewel in tie, musky scent and Turkish tobacco. She sinks, without fully understanding what is happening, into a mess of violent Lebanese politics. A very good thriller, particularly strong in its handling of local prides and extravagances.’ - Julian Symons, Sunday Times

‘Exciting action and brilliantly evocative description of a kind seldom encountered in a thriller. Arms for Adonis is well above average in every way.’ - British Book News

‘Charlotte Jay’s eye for the scene is sharp and so is her eye for the attitudes of human pretension. Wryly romantic and a keen delight.’ - New York Herald Tribune

'The Wakefield Crime Classics series is marvellous ... a wonderful collection of writing that should not have been overlooked in this country in the first place.' - Terry O'Connor, Courier Mail

Adelaide-born Charlotte Jay (1919-1996) spent her life travelling and writing in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific. The famous American critic Dorothy B. Hughes described her as ‘one of the most important writers of far-off places and their mysterious qualities.’
Category Literature - Crime/Fantasy/Horror
Format Paperback
Other information
Size 200 x 130 mm
ISBN 9781862542969
Extent 200 pages
Price: AU$9.94 including GST
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