Send No More Roses, from the Master of Spy Fiction, Eric Ambler.
Criminologist Frits Krom secures an interview with Paul Firm, the director of an ostensibly legitimate international investment firm who is in fact an expert in tax avoidance.
It soon becomes evident that the host and his guests are under siege by a third party, one whose motives and violent intentions are unclear. If they are to survive, the criminal and the criminologist will have to work together.
PRAISE FOR SEND NO MORE ROSES
“Ambler is an ingenious craftsman, experimenting here with understatement, delayed detonations and devastating betrayals. . . . [The Siege of the Villa Lipp] requires—and rewards—the most alert attention.” – Newsweek
“Cerebral twists and sophisticated wit.” – Time