Who has ever heard of Equatorial Myene? Certainly not David Trevellyan, an agent for the Royal Navy Intelligence. But people will hear of it soon, for there is a coup brewing in this tiny African country, and some vicious dissidents want to purchase a quantity of something called Spektra, a nasty gas that kills people in vile and hideous ways.
Trevellyan is back, this time on the treacherous streets of Chicago, having left behind a rather dicey situation in New York City. It will be a while before the authorities in the Big Apple forget Trevellyan --- or even allow him back into their fine city. He thought he would be going directly to the agency headq