They call Charlie Muffin a traitor. He has been on the run ever since the blow-up in Berlin, when British intelligence declared him obsolete and tried to kill him. Charlie outsmarted them then, and he has done so ever since, staying one step ahead by forgoing any semblance of an even halfway normal life. Now he is alone in Hong Kong and his only protector and friend, Rupert Willoughby, is a hemisphere away. Now Rupert is in trouble. He has invested £6 million in a massive new ocean liner but the ship is destroyed by arsonists, burning completely down in a Hong Kong harbor. The owners blame Chinese agents, but Charlie smells a rat and agrees to investigate. But the conspiracy is more dangerous than anyone knew, and it’s not long before Charlie realizes that his good deed could be his last.
In this third book in Brian Freemantle's Charlie Muffin series, if anything, I wish it would have been longer, this one being somewhat like a longer novella. It seemed there could have been more plot development, more character development.
One thing that keeps me going in this series is that I see later books in the series are longer and more highly rated.
This book is set in Hong Kong with Charlie heling out the son of his former boss, trying to prove that there was fraud in the destruction of a ship.
What really keeps me going is that I like the character of the 'Inscrutable Charlie Muffin'!