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1968. The Chinese Keyhole

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Himmel, Richard. 'The Chinese Keyhole', published in 1968 by Herbert Jenkins, hardback with dustjacket, 175pp. Condition, highly collectable good, clean copy with unclipped dustjacket. Price: £32.00, not including p&p, which is  Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK customers, more for overseas customers)
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  • The Chinese Keyhole [top]
    First published in 1968 in Great Britain by Herbert Jenkins in hardback with dustjacket, 185pp. ISBN - not available
    Original UK retail price: 15s net

Story: Johnny Maguire hadn't visited Chinatown in a long time, and now he wasn't there for the tourist attactions. Not that the Chinese Keyhole didn't have plenty to offer -if you liked that sort of thin. Behind its pseudo-Oriental facade, the strip-club provided unusual entertainment for its off-beat clientele...and the performers were weirder than those who paid to watch them. There was the statuesque blonde dancer for instance. She left nothing to the imagination of her audience, and she was beautiful: but she just wasn't Johnny's type. And he wasn't crazy about her partner, either-the muscular but mincing ballet dancer who carried a vicious-looking whip and didn't hesitate to use it.

But it was all in a day's work . Somewhere amongst the lust, sadism, and brutality there was the key to a Communist spy ring. And Johnny had to find it...mayhem regardless


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