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The Bluff of the Hawk by Anthony Gilmore is a captivating thriller that blends elements of suspense, action, and mystery to create a truly gripping narrative. From the very first page, readers are plunged into a world of intrigue and danger, where nothing is quite what it seems.

The story follows Alex, a skilled detective with a troubled past, as he is assigned a high-profile case involving the mysterious murder of a prominent businessman. As Alex delves deeper into the investigation, he uncovers a web of deceit and corruption that reaches far beyond what he could have imagined. With each twist and turn, the stakes are raised, and the true identity of the killer becomes more elusive.

Gilmore's writing style is fast-paced and packed with tension, keeping the reader on edge throughout the entire novel. The author's ability to create vivid and complex characters adds depth to the story, as every individual has their own motivations and hidden secrets. This adds an extra layer of suspense, as readers are constantly left guessing who can be trusted.

One of the book's greatest strengths is its intricate plot, which is expertly woven together. The plot is filled with unexpected surprises and revelations that keep the reader guessing until the very end. The author skillfully plants clues and leads throughout the story, allowing the reader to piece together the puzzle alongside the protagonist.

Moreover, the novel expertly explores themes of power, greed, and redemption, providing readers with a thought-provoking experience. While at its core, The Bluff of the Hawk is a thrilling ride, it also delves into the human psyche, examining the lengths people will go to achieve their desires and the consequences of their actions.

If there is one criticism of the book, it is that the pacing occasionally feels inconsistent, with moments of intense action followed by slower, more introspective scenes. However, this slight discrepancy does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the novel.

All in all, The Bluff of the Hawk is a must-read for fans of the thriller genre. Anthony Gilmore's masterful storytelling and engrossing plot make for a thoroughly entertaining and suspenseful read. It is a book that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish, leaving them eagerly anticipating the author's next work.

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Transcriber's Note:

This etext was produced from Astounding Stories May 1932. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

[Illustration: Nothing there could withstand him. ]

The Bluff of the Hawk

By Anthony Gilmore

[Sidenote: "A trick? Carse was famed for them. A trap? But how?"]

Had not old John Sewell, the historian, recognized Hawk Carse for what he was a creator of new space frontiers, pioneer of vast territories for commerce, molder of history through his long feud with the powerful Eurasian scientist, Ku Sui the adventurer would doubtless have passed into oblivion like other long forgotten spacemen. We have Sewell's industry to thank for our basic knowledge of Carse. His "Space Frontiers of the Last Century" is a thorough work and the accepted standard, but even it had of necessity to be compressed, and many meaty episodes of the Hawk's life go almost unmentioned. For instance, Sewell gives a rough synopsis of "The Affair of the Brains," but dismisses its aftermath entirely, in the following fashion (Vol. II, pp. 25O 251):

"... there was only one way out: to smash the great dome covering one end of the asteroid and so release the life sustaining air inside... Continue reading book >>

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