I read this book about 16-Aug-2004. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1977. This note was last modified Tuesday, 06-May-2014 13:40:23 PDT.
This is book 8 of the "Modesty Blaise" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
A confused edition. There's no copyright notice, and the copyright page gives a different ISBN than is printed on the back cover. (The 1977 date I gave is from a claim of "first publication" on the copyright page.)
The nephew of an old Indian woman has created an old-style plantation in the interior of South America. Worked by slaves. The old woman picks rich and famous people from magazines, and Paxero kidnaps them and brings them to work the plantation.
They try to capture Modesty Blaise and her friend John Dall, but it doesn't work out. Then evidence turns up that an important old friend of Modesty's is also held there. There's also a tie-in to Steve Collier and his wife -- the old woman is intersted in Mayan religion and in astrology. They try to have Dinah sacrificed. So modesty manages to infiltrate the plantation, with Willy and a friend from Tarrant's department coming to help (through the jungle).
They manage to get there just in time; the old woman is about to die, at which point the plantation will be closed down and all the slaves killed.
There are some nice characters among the slaves, and some interesting thoughts on the society they created.