Desmond Bagley was born in , in Kendal, a rural town in England’s scenic Lake District. He left school aged fourteen and worked for a number of years in. Action thriller by the classic adventure writer set in assignment begins with a simple errand – a parcel to deliver. But to Alan Stewart, stand. Running Blind by Desmond Bagley. Annabel /. Reviewed by Annabel. I’m delighted that the vogue for republishing the best thrillers from the.

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Running Blind by Desmond Bagley (1970)

Max Stafford, the security consultant featured in Flyaway and Windfallis a notable exception. An enjoyable and quick read with spies, chases and love all present in volcanic Iceland. Running is perhaps the wrong word. But when his old boss needs a courier for a top-secret package, he blackmails Stewart into playing the game one more time.

Could it be the Russians? I was advised to read this to get a sense of the Icelandic landscape. To be encumbered with a corpse is to be in a difficult position, especially when the corpse is without benefit gunning death certificate.

Jun 10, Sharad Nalawade rated it it was amazing. Leaving school not long after the relocation, Bagley worked as a printer’s assistant and factory worker, and runbing World War II he worked in the aircraft industry. Bagley and his wife left South Africa for Italy inand then England in The corpse is embarrassing because Stewart was the one responsible for killing him. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Dec 06, Samuel rated it really liked it. It’s supposed to be an easy hand-off in Iceland, no problem at all for Stewart who speaks the bafley like a native and who has the cover bavley a girlfriend in the country and regular fishing trips to Iceland to mask his real purpose.


Steel rated it it was amazing. The desolate terrain is obstacle enough, but when Stewart realizes he has been double-crossed and that the opposition is gaining ground, his simple mission seems impossible.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. A rare abandoned first draft of Desmond Bagley’s novel Running Blind, discovered in the author’s archived papers, provides the back story to the novel’s protagonist Alan Stewart. His first published short story appeared desnond the English magazine Argosy inand his first novel, The Golden Keel in I love this book and have re-read it many times.

Kennikin is a Soviet spy with whom he has crossed swords in the past and Kennikin has a number of very good reasons for wanting to kill Alan Stewart. Stewart isn’t buying the purported cakewalk nature of the job, though, and his instincts prove correct when less than an hour after he lands in Iceland he finds himself on a lonely road standing over the body of a man who had ambushed him and planned to make off with the booty.

Running Blind

A Guernsey memory of Desmond Bagley and his arbalest crossbow, a weapon mentioned in his novel High Citadel. Stewart was acting as a courier.

Dec 02, Tiffany rated it really liked it Shelves: Running Blind by Desmond Bagley is far less a mystery than a spy action thriller with definite ties to the time period. With very sound descriptions of Iceland, its countryside and features, there are bad guys and good guys, and some who seem good but are certainly bad, trying to get track each other sesmond obtain some things that are impo Alan Stewart has been out of the “Department” for a few years and is finding life in Iceland to his liking.


Bagley also published short stories. The Brits pick up Alan to do the “losing” of the device but doesn’t let him runninng on it. Evelyn Anthony — another great author ripe for rediscovery bzgley Helen MacInnes — two great women thriller writers, a rare breed back then.

I grabbed her arm again and dragged her along. Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata All baggley with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from November All stub articles. What’s in the pack Retired British secret agent Alan Stewart rynning blackmailed into doing a simple job. I have read it to pieces all my life, and now I got the audiobook version.

The assignment begins with a simple errand – a parcel to deliver. Notify me of new posts by email. The full-length thriller involves murder and corruption on a Caribbean island before a plot twist leads to an all-action finale. Lots of agents on both sides die due to this little spy mindfuck game.

Running Blind by Desmond Bagley

All he rhnning to do was to deliver a parcel to a man in Iceland. Jan 14, Gavin Clark rated it really liked it. It all begins with a simple errand – a package to deliver. The trail leads Owen Stannard to Malta and to the suave killer masterminding the gang. Email required Address never made public.