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Never Send Flowers  

Coronet Books British paperback edition.
Author John Gardner
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series James Bond
Genre(s) Spy novel
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date 15 July 1993
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 256 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN ISBN 0-399-13809-9 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC Number 27677599
Dewey Decimal 823/.914 20
LC Classification PR6057.A63 N48 1993
Preceded by Death Is Forever
Followed by SeaFire

Never Send Flowers, first published in 1993, was the thirteenth novel by John Gardner featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond (including Gardner's novelization of Licence to Kill). Carrying the Glidrose Publications copyright, it was first published in the United Kingdom by Hodder & Stoughton and in the United States by Putnam.

Plot summary

A murder in Switzerland of Laura March with MI5 connections follows assassinations in Rome, London, Paris & Washington. Left at each scene is a rose with marks of drops of blood on the petal. He also left a branch from an oak tree. Bond is sent to investigate where he meets the lovely Swiss agent Fredericka von Grüsse whom he later calls Flicka when on better terms.

Trails lead to a former international stage actor, David Dragonpol, a friend of March who lives in a castle on the Rhine called Schloss Drache which he is turning into a theatre museum. They also meet a widow and flower grower, Maeve Horton.

Book jacket

Illusion leads to murder as 007 pursues the wrong killer, in John Gardner's twelfth addition to the classic James Bond series.

When Laura March, on leave from the British Security Service, is mysteriously murdered in Switzerland with a poisen pellet shot from a powerful air rifle, James Bond and Swiss agent Fredericka "Flicka" von Grüsse are called in to investigate. While at Laura's funeral, Bond notices among the wreaths a perfect white rose, its petals tipped bloodred and an ambiguous note wired to the stem. His investigation reveals an identical rose and note at the funerals of four high-profile personalities, all assassinated with a week.

With no group claiming responsibility for the deaths, Bond focuses on Laura's case as an entrée to tracking the murderous spree. He uncovers her recently dissolved love affair with the world-famous actor David Drgaonpol, now an eccentric collector of theatre memorabilia living in a castle on the Rhine. Bond and Flicka go undercover to search the castle for clues, and in the garden find roses just like the ones at each of the funerals.

Their hybrid discovery leads to a harrowing manhunt in which the startling identity of the serial killer is revealed. The action reaches its chilling and fantastic climas outside Paris, in the ultimate kingdom of illusion and magic: EuroDisney. John Gardner uses his formidable storytelling skills to mix classic James Bond ingenuity and wit with rousing action in this latest 007 adventure.

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