In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Flemingâ€™s agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent whoâ€™s been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table.
One of SMERSHâ€™s most deadly operatives, the man known only as â€œLe Chiffre,â€ has been a prime target of the British Secret Service for years. If Bond can wipe out his bankroll, Le Chiffre will likely be â€œretiredâ€ by his paymasters in Moscow. But what if the cards wonâ€™t cooperate? After a brutal night at the gaming tables, Bond soon finds himself dodging would-be assassins, fighting off brutal torturers, and going all-in to save the life of his beautiful female counterpart, Vesper Lynd.
Taut, tense, and effortlessly stylish, Ian Flemingâ€™s inaugural James Bond adventure has all the hallmarks that made the series a touchstone for a generation of readers.