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Doubled in diamonds

Novel (200 pages, 65,542 words)

Published by Heinemann in 1966 at 18/-. The American editon by Morrow appeared in the same year at $3.95. There were several paperback editions.

This is the second of the four Rex Carver books and perhaps the weakest. It starts with Carver taking on the search for a man who has failed to claim a 6,000 legacy. It turns out that this man is involved with a diamond robbery, and that the diamonds will be traded for opium through the agency of two Chinese twins, Suma and Lian, who are agents of the Chinese government, out to corrupt British youth with drugs and earn hard currency for their regime.

The travel schedule is limited to Ireland and eastern France, including a lengthy voyage from the Belgian border to Lyon aboard a canal barge. Manston and Sutcliffe have walk-on roles, and Carver manages to bed one of the Chinese girls as well as the rather wishy-washy heroine, Bertina Brown. Given that this was the era of the devaluation of the pound and the 50 foreign-currency allowance, the descriptions of luxury hotels, luxury cars, and fine dining would have created a pleasant fantasy world for British readers of the day.

UK first edition
First edition
First US edition
First US edition
Pan books 1977
Pan paperback
US paperback
US paperback
Dutch translation 1967
Dutch translation
Companion
A Rex Carver Companion available from Lulu.com Price 7.96.