The Abyssinian Question

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The proposed third Jerry Cornell novel, never written. It was to be a collaboration with Graham Hall.

Mike Says

  • "I wrote three Nick Allard books for Compact in the mid sixties. One was a rewrite of someone else's book THE LSD DOSSIER, which was frankly a dog's breakfast. The other two I decided to write as comedies and were all my own work SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT and PRINTER'S DEVIL under a pseudonym which has just slipped my mind. I then rewrote the first one for Hutchinson and in the US for Macmillan as The Chinese Agent. I then rewrote the second as The Russian Intelligence for Savoy and then for NEL in the UK. There was supposed to be a third written with Graham Hall to be called THE ABYSSINIAN QUESTION (as I recall), but Graham died before we could get very far with the project. The two best ones have been done as POD, after the Orion cop out. Ironically, these were always two of my very best selling titles! For some time The Chinese Agent outsold the Elric books! But publishers always think my non-fantasy won't sell as well."[1]