Only one UK edition that we've found. The book was recently sold to a Russian Publishers so there is indeed a Russian version
with a title that roughly translates to "Ole Mallorca!"
Russ is looking down-right cocky as he straigthens his tie, fag hanging out of his mouth, with a topless blonde coming on to him from behind. These days Russ is taking it ALL in his stride.8/10
The Russian cover is a bit odd and quite tasteful in the circumstances
"You're good, English," she murmured huskily, "How did you ever get so good?"
Only Russ the randyman knows for sure! This magnificent ex-Sewing Machine Man, ex-Debt Collector and established Courier (all stories available in Mayflower!) has now risen to the playgrounds - and playmeates - of the upper Yacht Set. Never has he extended himself so far!
"She was a goddess, a sun-tanned Aphrodite, slender and loose-limbed, firm-breasted and strong; a true child of nature. When she moved she flew, trailing a wake of shimmering chestnut hair, seizing the heart with feline grace, stirring the senses with her smouldering beauty...Caroline Courtney was 22 and incredibly rich. She was spoiled, bored and extremely rude. She was unbelievably sexy." There you go again Courier!!
The back cover of the Russian edition translates as "Burning sun, golden sand and azure sea. This idyll! Every morning I wake up in his cozy apartment overlooking the bay of Palma Nova, breakfast on the balcony and relaxed in the morning sun, fresh face to the breeze. Admiring the soothing expanse of the Mediterranean Sea, I watch as slowly revives the beach, and then all day long enjoying the company of almost naked beauties who stroll on the beach, splashing in the clear water, or scorch their bodies under the sun. Any normal man can only think about this dream. But I still pay extra for it!"
It's now the start of June and Russ is still 24 years old. Most of the plot revolves around this Caroline Courtney character - of course Russ gets intimate with her but pays the price when he is kidnapped by her fiancee as revenge. Of course he escapes in the nick of time and all is well. Then he discovers he's been offered another 9 grand to extend the run of his White Marvel commercials until the follwoing March. This means another year of no work in Acting. Russ would be a fool not to take the money (this was the early Seventies and 9 grand was A LOT!) - by chance he meets Frank Chappell of Centaf Tours - a travel agent running African Safari tours and another seed is planted in Russ's mind...
Page 12. It's a lecherous description of TWO birds!
Page 18 and Russ is saying goodbye (in the only way he knows how) to the Swedish beauty Donna who is on the last night of her holiday. Worth noting that on Page 26 Russ makes an early reference to "Herc", short for Hercules - it's his pet name for the Tobin crown jewels..
No vodkas for Russ until Page 82!
Of course, by this stage in the Tobin novels, it's an almost instant Page 9.
Erm...don't go with women who are blatantly out of your league and/or engaged to rich men? But if you want to meet lots of exotic and gorgeous women from all over Europe then holiday resorts on the Med are the place to be.
Really Stanley appears to be treading water here if only for the obvious gag in the title. Later on the book titles get even LESS subtle!
A Modest 7/10