Mrs. Pollifax unveiled

Dorothy Gilman, 1923-

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Published
New York : Ballantine Books c2000.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
195 p.
ISBN
0345436520
Main Author
Dorothy Gilman, 1923- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

It is so soothing to be in Emily Pollifax's presence: we know that, at any time, she may leave her tidy existence in Connecticut (complete with geraniums and an understanding husband) and venture forth, with manners and nerves of steel, to do whatever the CIA has planned for her. This time, with her rakish cohort Farrell, she's sent to Syria. An American girl named Amanda Pym has faced down a handful of skyjacking terrorists and then vanished. Mrs. P and Farrell track Amanda down with the barest of clues, through souks and tourist destinations, through the desert and an archaeological dig where an earnest young professor named Joe manages to assist with borrowed vehicles, large numbers of sheep, and other tools. It's wonderful to watch Mrs. Pollifax manage it all with clear thinking and the midlife woman's ability to fade into the scenery as someone's aunt or mum. Along the way, there's lots of local color, a bit of politics, useful phrases in Arabic, and some really elegant use of ancient Babylonian verse. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 2000)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Review by Library Journal Reviews

After foiling a hijacking on a plane bound for the Middle East, a young American woman disappears. Sensibly, the CIA calls in Mrs. Pollifax, now on her 14th outing. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Seven weeks after facing down a group of terrorists aboard a flight to the Middle East, Amanda Pym has disappeared in Syria, and her aunt Mrs. Pollifax heads to Damascus to find the missing girl

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Seven weeks after facing down a group of terrorists aboard a flight to the Middle East, Amanda Pym has disappeared in Syria, and her aunt Mrs. Pollifax heads to Damascus to find the missing girl. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Seven weeks ago, a young American woman, Amanda Pym, faced down hijackers on board a flight to the Middle East and saved the lives of more than two hundred passengers. In a blaze of celebrity, she stepped off the plane in Damascus and was whisked away in a waiting car. Since then ... nothing. The CIA believes she was kidnapped and murdered.Masquerading as Amanda Pym's worried aunt, Mrs. Pollifax begins her determined search, slipping through Damascus's crooked streets and colorful, crowded souks ... and trekking deep into the desert, hoping that rumor and whispers - which are all she has to go on - will lead her to the truth.Yet she is shadowed by deadly surreptitious enemies whose sinister agenda threatens not only the missing woman or Mrs. P. herself but the fragile stability of the entire Middle East.