Augustus Mandrell: No birth certificate ... no passport ... no identification ... no fixed address ... in fact, he is not officially alive. Which is fortunate, because neither does he have a license to kill. But he does, and supremely well. Not to mention often. Who is Mandrell? British C.I.D. American OSS, the Surete, Interpol and many other agencies would dearly want to know. But they never will. Why? Because Mandrell is a man unlike any other - a throwback, an individualist, a smooth killer who admires beauty in all things (girls, jewels, money ... rugs) yet whose final objective is the ultimate in violence; a man to whom impossible challenge is meat and drink, the thrill of a manhunt is his life's blood, the final savagery merely a necessary part of the murderous courtship that leads up to it. Mandrell kills for profit. You'll love him for it.