The Eiger Sanction

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What to expect

In a renovated Gothic church on Long Island lives Jonathan Hemlock, an art professor and world-renowned mountain climber who finances his black-market art collection by working as a freelance assassin.

Now, Hemlock is being tricked into a hazardous assignment that involves an attempt to scale one of the most treacherous mountain peaks in the Swiss Alps: the Eiger. His target is one of his three fellow climbers. The problem is that the people who hired him at CII can’t tell him which one.

In a breathtakingly suspenseful story that is part thriller and part satire, Trevanian traces Hemlock’s spine-tingling adventures, introducing a cast of intriguing characters—villains, traitors, beautiful women—into the highly charged atmosphere of danger. The accumulating threads of suspicion, accusation, and evidence gradually knit themselves into a bizarre and death-defying climax.

Critics Review

  • “Superior suspense on almost every page…the hero is a masterpiece of conflicting qualities—something for everyone.”

    New York Times
  • “Joe Barrett’s gruff voice creates tension and a noir atmosphere. He also nails the sly sense of humor that permeates the novel, from the opening incident, which claims a spy’s life in Montreal, to the irony that follows Hemlock through his adventure in the Alps. Trevanian’s cynical take on the secret agent myth is worth checking out, even decades later, and Barrett’s interpretation makes the amoral Hemlock a character to remember.”


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