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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The Bagley Brief – A website about the craftsmanlike thriller novelist Desmond Bagley

Learn blin your comment data is processed. There are plenty of twists and turns as Alan and Elin trek halfway across Iceland to escape double-crossers and would-be assassins. And what do the Americans and Russians have to do with it? Byhe had settled in South Africa, working in the gold mining industry and asbestos industry in Durban, Natal, before becoming a freelance writer for local newspapers and magazines. Jan 14, Gavin Clark rated it really liked it. It was more of a plot-driven book than a character-driven one, even though it’s written in first person POV from the main character.

Jun 10, Sharad Nalawade rated it it was amazing. Soon after arrival, he is forced to kill a KGB agent who tried to take the package from him.


Vintage Pop Fictions: Desmond Bagley’s Running Blind

I blame it on the Permissive Society. It was published in and would have been cutting edge at the time, complete with a couple desmonc mentions of the moon landing from the previous year.

My literary sweet tooth is cheesy formula thriller writers from the 60s and 70s: Notify me of new comments via email. Overall, an enjoyable holiday read. Leave a comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Alan, not knowing he was supposed to lose the device, got too clever about not handing it over.

It also raised some interesting issues about ethics in espionage.

Running Blind / Freedom Trap

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.

But for Funning Stewart, standing on a deserted road in Iceland with a murdered man at his feet, the mission looks far from simple.

Typical of British thriller writers of the era, he rarely used recurring characters whose adventures unfolded over multiple books. But we expect our spies to be smart and are disappointed when we can figure out things quicker than them. A very nearly perfect thriller.

Face-to-face at last with his opponents, Stannard must try to outwit both men – who have nothing to lose and everything to gain by his death. The Spoilers Another new novel and a definitely low point, the story is weak and utterly unbelievable. For example, is it moral to sacrifice good men for a greater cause? What’s in the pack Retired British secret agent Alan Stewart is blackmailed into doing a simple job.


The first pleasant surprise runninh that even though I thought I had read all the books, not all were translated to Danish at that time, so I could start out with a couple of new experiences. Newer Post Older Post Home. Slightly stronger female character this time which adds to the plot and good background on Iceland.

Oct 27, Paul Pensom rated it liked it Shelves: It makes watching cop shows almost impossible when you know the bad guys could just shoot straight through their car doors Stewart is not happy at all. The period from the s to the s was a golden age of British thriller writing. He published a total of sixteen thrillers, all craftsmanlike and nearly all best-sellers.

Running Blind

Bagley Desmond Bagley was a British journalist and novelist principally known for a series of best-selling thrillers. One of my all time favourites. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.