A Greek billionaire is in the final stages of planning the greatest and most audacious robbery of modern times - the theft of the Elgin Marbles from the British Museum, to be returned to the Parthenon in Athens. Alan Rosslyn, special investigator for the intelligence and security advisors Campbell and Menzies Tunim, is mixing business and pleasure in Greece, where he has fallen in love with his client, Cleo Ipsilanti. On the eve of his reluctant departure to London she is the victim of a murderous attack and Rosslyn, who finds himself the chief suspect, is spirited out of Greece by the British Secret Intelligence Service. He discovers that a powerful clique within SIS is actively encouraging the attempt on the Marbles. Why? And what is the reason for bringing Rosslyn into the conspiracy and killing his lover?
Reg Gadney was born in Cross Hills, Yorkshire in 1941 and educated at the Dragon School, Oxford and at Stowe. He studied English, Fine Art and Architecture at St. Catherine's College, Cambridge, and whilst there he became the editor of Granta. He won a Theodore von Karman Scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he became an Instructor and Research Fellow.Before going up to Cambridge he was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards and served in London, Windsor, Libya, France and in Norway where he qualified as a NATO instructor in Winter Warfare and Arctic Survival. He was then employed in the British Embassy in Oslo as Assistant to the Naval, Military and Air Attache.In 1969 he was appointed Deputy Controller of the National Film Theatre where he organised many film seasons, including the first tribute to the Cinematheque Francaise and Henri Langlois.In 1970 he became a part-time Tutor at the Royal College of Art. He was su