Back in 1966, I bought an Avon paperback called Passage by Night by Hugh Marlowe. I thought maybe it was by the movie guy, but it wasn't. It was by the same guy who's written as Jack Higgins, Harry Patterson, James Graham, Martin Fallon, and maybe others. At the time I bought the book, I never would have guessed that 42 years later, I'd still be reading books by the author.
As it happens, A Fine Night for Dying was published only a few years after Passage by Night, but it only in Britain. It didn't appear in the U. S. until last year. It's one of a series of books that feature Paul Chavasse, a hardboiled British spy. Fawcett published a few of them in the '70s, but not this one for some reason.
It's good stuff, with one of Higgins' enigmatic villains, a former priest who's now working for the commies and is involved with smuggling people into England from France. Chevasse gets into the act, and there's lots of shooting, plenty of explosions, and action all the time. Higgins tells the story in his usual economical prose, and I always admire his ability to sketch a scene or a character in only a few words.
I haven't read many of Higgins' books from the last twenty years, but his earlier ones continue to entertain me. I've read some of the several times, and they never let me down.