A politician wakes with a beautiful girl; a criminal briefs his team; a tycoon breakfasts with a Bank official. Then three stories break: an attempted suicide, a hijack, and a takeover bid. They seem unrelated – until Evening Post reporters ask questions. Why is a Jamaican bank in trouble? Who drove the Rolls-Royce seen near the raid? Who was the man with gunshot wounds? As the day wears on, new questions arise – about paper money.
I was almost good when I wrote The Modigliani Scandal and Paper Money. They were the last two novels before I found success with Eye of the Needle, and were written under the name ‘Zachary Stone’. By this time my storytelling skills had improved, and these books have more depth than my earlier efforts. They are too short, however, the characters have no past and the action often moves too quickly for the reader to enjoy.
For hard-core fans, I have allowed these two to be republished in most countries, but included a preface for each emphasising that they were early works. I was afraid I might get a lot of mail from disappointed readers, but in the event I didn’t get any. People seem to enjoy them, so they can’t be too bad.
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Paper Money by ‘Zachary Stone’, Collins, London, 1977.
- The United States and Canadian edition is published by Penguin Random House
- The British and Commonwealth edition is published by PanMacMillan
- The Danish edition, Papirpenge, is published by Cicero
- The Dutch edition, Papiergeld, is published by Boekerij
- The French edition, Paper Money, is published by Le Livre de Poche
- The German edition, De Spur der Fusche, is published by Bastei Lübbe
- The Hungarian edition, Papírpénz, is published by Gabo
- The Italian edition, Alta finanza, is published by Mondadori
- The Norwegian edition, Papirpenger, is published by Cappelen Damm
- The Polish edition, Papierowe pieniądze, is published by Wydawnictwo Albatros
- The Portuguese edition, O Preço do Dinheiro, is published by Bertrand Editora
- The Romanian edition, Bani de hartie, is published by Rao
- The Spanish edition, Papel moneda, is published by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
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