While Final Fling, the third and final novel in Samantha Weinberg’s The Moneypenny Diaries trilogy, hasn’t even debuted in hardback yet, a listing for the paperback has already appeared on amazon.co.uk.
The novel is scheduled for an unusually early release of 13 November 2008 considering the hardback doesn’t come out until this May (perhaps to capitalize on the theatrical release of Quantum of Solace during the same month).
The The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling UK paperback will retail for £7.99 and will be published by John Murray. Cover art is yet to be revealed.
Bond fans will recall that a March 2009 release date was originally mentioned for this paperback in early 2007.
Final Fling will be set in Jamaica, the Outer Hebrides (an island chain off the west coast of the west coast of Scotland), Cambridge, and London. The novel’s action is planned to be split between Jane Moneypenny’s 1964/65 diaries and the contemporary adventures of her neice, Kate Westbrook. The full blurb follows:
Final Fling combines the excitement of a cold war spy thriller with the mystery of a contemporary detective story. In the 1964/65 volume of her private diaries, Jane Moneypenny reports her demotion from the position of M’s secretary as the British Secret Intelligence Service is hit by a series of defection scandals. Facing considerable personal danger, she combines forces with 007 in a resolve to smoke out the mole she is convinced is buried deep in the heart of the Office. But, when Bond is sacked and M is forced into retirement, Moneypenny finds herself on her own…
Forty-two years later, Miss Moneypenny’s niece and heir, Kate Westbrook, starts to suspect that her aunt’s death was no accident. She is sure the clues to what happened lie in the search for the mole. As she pieces them together, however, she realizes that there are significant forces who are determined to prevent her finding the truth.
From the glamour of 1960s Jamaica to the treacherous beaches of the Outer Hebrides, Final Fling reveals just how far people are prepared to go to defend – or betray – their beliefs, and relates the life and death, and surprising final love, of the world’s most famous fictional secretary.
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