Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cover art and plot synopsis for U.S. TRIGGER MORTIS

Here is the cover art and a plot synopsis for the U.S. edition of Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz. The synopsis adds news details not found in the UK description, including locations in New York and Florida.

Incorporating original, never-before-published material from 007 creator Ian Fleming, New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz returns literary legend James Bond to his 1950s heyday in this exhilarating and dashing thriller.

The world's most famous spy, James Bond, has just returned victorious from his showdown with Auric Goldfinger in Fort Knox. By his side is the glamorous and streetwise Pussy Galore, who played no small part in his success. As they settle down in London, the odds of Galore taming the debonair bachelor seem slim—but she herself is a creature not so easily caught.

Meanwhile, the struggle for superiority between the Soviet Union and the West is escalating. In an attempt to demonstrate Soviet strength, SMERSH plans to sabotage an international Grand Prix in the hot zone of West Germany. At the Nürburgring Racing Circuit, Bond must play a high-speed game of cat and mouse to stop them, but when he observes a secretive meeting between SMERSH's driver and a notorious Korean millionaire, it becomes clear that this is just the infamous organization's opening move.

An orphan of the Korean War, he has a personal reason for wanting to bring America to its knees. He's helping SMERSH decisively end the white-hot space race—but how? With the help of an American female agent, Bond uncovers a plan that leads first to Florida and then to New York City, where a heart-stopping face-off will determine the fate of the West.

This thriller has all the hallmarks of an original Ian Fleming adventure and features welcome familiar faces, including M and Miss Moneypenny. Horowitz delivers a smooth and seductive narrative of fast cars and beautiful women, ruthless villains and breathtaking plot that will leave readers hanging until the very end.

Pre-order the U.S. hardcover Trigger Mortis on Amazon.

Thanks to Chris Wright for this find.


  1. The book sounds like a winner; the title and cover are not.

  2. Is the US edition front board going to have the skull motif?

  3. It's weird to hear Pussy Galore referred to as "Galore." I believe Fleming always referred to her as "Pussy," "Pussy Galore" or "Miss Galore" in his narrative passages (or often just "the girl," as he often did with his heroines), but never "Galore." This description reads like the cringing publishers were going out of their way not to write, "the odds of Pussy taming the debonair bachelor seem slim..." Or, more likely, like that's exactly what the copy read until some exec got cold feet at the last minute and changed the press release.

  4. Tanner, you're right. It sounds like the publishers are going overboard on the PC. (In Fleming's time, and Bond's, women were rarely referred to by their last names -- usually by the first name. "Bond," yes, but "Romanova"? No.) Let's hope the book itself does not kowtow to PC.


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