Lemuel Stanhope-Swift—sixth Viscount Bessacarr and semi-professional cad—has for ages been on the lam from British justice, holed up in a tropical paradise and slowly drinking himself to death with a succession of young lovelies whose names he doesn’t bother to recall. But when he’s diagnosed with terminal cancer, he is struck with a sentimental desire to say farewell to the daughter he abandoned years ago. Back on British soil, Lem finds that Her Majesty’s secret service has arranged a welcome-home party of sorts. They’d be delighted to help Lem see his daughter, they say. But they would like a wee something in exchange. It seems that Lem’s father some while ago defected to Moscow. He was quiet as a bunny for the longest time, but now he’s started stirring up trouble. So if Lem wouldn’t mind, they’d like him to terminate Papa. And with, you know, rather extreme prejudice.
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