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Instead, you have a high-brow adventure story, soaked in academia and ancient history. The hero Dr David Audley is a misfit intelligence officer, constantly caught in complex webs that tend to involve the KGB, Byzantine history and British politics. Whenever the plotting gets too intense, Price follows Raymond Chandler's lead by injecting a bit of violent action, to get the story moving again.
Gunner Kelly is one of his more accessible books. A thtinking person's Alastair Maclean.