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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I tucked it away casually without checking it and said, "I am at your disposal,
gentlemen." The big man chewed his hp. "First, I want your solemn oath not even
to talk in your sleep about this job." "If my simple word is not good, is my oath
Would they write you off as expendable?" "I don't know what you're talking about!
You're going to be in trouble over this ! ... I think he might talk if we urged him."
The driver tried to get away. I tightened the pressure on his neck and jabbed him
But criminals use it and cops are sometimes not lily white, for it does make a
prisoner talk and it does not leave any marks at all. The victim can even be told to
forget that it has been done. I knew most of this at the time Dak told me what had
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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