Add these elements: __________
A jolly English shoplifter with a strangely throbbing toothache ... A half-understood warning from a dead man ...
And the most incredible off-the-record meeting ever held between the great powers at the UN ...
For the hair-raising answer ...
A SCENT OF NEW-MOWN HAY
by John Blackburn.
It seemed like an ordinary day. Only the Russians knew that there was something (quite literally) in the wind. And they were frightened.
Marcia Health had just one thing in mind - her husband, Tony. After a brilliant career in research biology he had accepted a teaching job at Durford University and Marcia had a pretty good idea what he was bored out of his mind.
When an urgent summons came from Foreign Office Intelligence, she was almost glad to see Tony go. It would give him the break in routine he needed.
This is no game of power politics - it's a plea for help from the Russians, first victims of the hideous thing that smells like new-mown hay, it is a showdown from the human race, the top brains of the world on a search, working against time. So in a sense this is a horror story. But it is equally a story of people, and you'll meet some fascinating ones.
General Kirk, whose long career in Foreign Office Intelligence builds to this moment of crisis.
Igor Trubenof, desk man, whose first venture in the field nets a live one in the savage jungle of the German night club.
Mrs. Bates, a jolly shoplifter who shuts herself away from the light and does not care.
Professor Roberts, whose dank, dockside house believes his important position at one of Englands oldest Universities.
These people - along with Tony and Marcia Health - hold the future in their hands. They are dealing with an unspeakable secret, and you will share their terrible knowledge with your first sent of new-mown hay.