One minute, down and out actor Lorenzo Smythe was -- as usual -- in a bar, drinking away his troubles as he watched his career go down the tubes. Then a space pilot bought him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knew, he was shanghaied to Mars.
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"Whether we reach agreement or not. I am human, but, short of illegal methods of
questioning, your confidences are safe with me." "I am well aware of what
neodexocaine will do to a man's forebrain, Lorenzo. We don't expect the
And, while I did not expect Broadbent to kill him, I did think that I was about to see
Dubois used as a dust rag. I had no thought of interfering. Every man is entitled to
elect the time and manner of his own destruction. I could see tension grow.
I stared coldly. "I assumed that you wanted my best creative work— which cannot
be hurried. Would you expect a cordon bleu to compound a new sauce on the
back of a galloping horse?" "Horses be damned !" He glanced at his watch finger.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - baswood - LibraryThing
This 1956 Hugo award winning novel is included in the science fiction masterwork series and either has not aged well or was a lack lustre rip-off from the start. It takes as a basis for its story the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Stevil2001 - LibraryThing
I was surprised how much I liked this book. It's a relatively simple and predictable plot: Lorenzo Smythe is an actor hired to impersonate a politician at a key political moment. Only thing is, the ... Read full review