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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Griffin
Publication date October 15, 1992
Pages 308
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780312312770
ISBN-10 0312312776
Original list price $19.99
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As the story begins...It is the early 1970s, when every American man, woman, and child is fighting the threat of Communist invasion. Leila Aluja, an Iraqi-American lawyer, becomes a film star as part of her job with the government's top counter-espionage unit, in an effort to track down a ring of Sino-Albanian spies operating out of Hollywood's most powerful talent agency. Leila accomplishes her mission, but not before she falls in love with Albanian spymaster Josef Shqitonja, and compromises her organization by allowing him to escape, bringing an end to her budding undercover career. Leila bounces back to become a partner of Washington's largest lobbying firm, representing the National Gun Carriers Association, C.A.N.C.E.R. (Center for American National Cigarette Education and Research), and Barkers Hill Enterprises, investment arm of organized crime. From her law practice, Leila moves onto public relations, and then to the head of the world's largest fast-food conglomerate, all the while separated from her true love, Shqitonja, as he scours Albania for a secret, life-prolonging yogurt formula. Despite the occasional, not to say habitual, affairs, daliances, and marriages, Leila and Shqitonja cling to their love for each other - until the secret of the yogurt finally reunites them. More than just a love story, The Venerable Bead is a saga of love for self, money, unassailable corruption, and power. All just kidding, of course.



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from St Martins Pr (November 1, 1992)
9780312083311 | details & prices | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $21.95
About: Undercover to nab a ring of Sino-Albanian spies operating out of a Hollywood talent agency, Iraqi-American lawyer Leila Aluja falls in love with her prey, in a satire of suspense novels
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from Griffin (October 15, 1992)
9780312312770 | details & prices | 308 pages | List price $19.99
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