Cheyney, Peter: You Can Always Duck
This is a Lemmie Caution novel about German agents in England during the late years of WWII. If this is your first Lemmie Caution story, don’t be put off by the first-person account in pseudo-American slang of the 40s. As in all of Cheyney’s Second World War novels, there are sophisticated and dangerous women in abundance and loutish or ice-cold, but deadly in either case, German agents. The women fall for Lemmie who manages to fend them off until the last few pages (She is one of those frills that makes you wonder, when you see ‘em for the first time, how you coulda ever thought that that last dame you was stuck on was pretty.). The agents try to kill Lemmie, but fail (The mugs are always the same. They start off by tryin’ to be clever an’ end up by havin’ to be tough.). This story involves secret plans that the Germans are after and manage to snaffle – or so they think. The German secret service doesn’t tolerate failure and the British government doesn’t let spies operate with impunity. It was fun while it lasted, honey.