Monday, August 15, 2016
The genius known as Anthony Burgess turns his hand to a spy thriller and what great fun.
Denis Hillier went to get a defecting scientist back from Russia. He didn't realise he wasn't supposed to come back himself"
Burgess has a great crack at Le Carre, Fleming and Nabokov as well as writing a story with a decent plot. Its funny, tense and a wee bit disturbing with some of our hero's behaviour but worth finding and reading.
The books of Burgess's I can read, and that not all of them ,I love, this goes very close to the re-read category. Great stuff
I've been lucky enough to find a pile of Stout's at a second hand book I haunt and I'm picking these up for $5.00 per time. Extremely good value!
Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin must help a rich old woman whose husband is getting money in a most mysterious way. But when the case leads Wolfe to the most dangerous man in the United States, he knows that if he wants to live, he will have to do the one thing that he has never even contemplated- run and hide.
This is a good one, the perfect Sunday afternoon couch read.
"Here is the adventure of Eugene Debs Hartke. He's a Vietnam veteran, a jazz pianist, a college professor, and a prognosticator of the apocalypse ( and other things Earth-shattering). But that's neither here nor there. Because at Tarkington College-where he teaches-the excrement is about to hit the air conditioning. And its all Eugene's fault."
Normal Vonnegut - funny, very funny, gut wrenchingly sad and a wonderful read.
The latest "Bernie Gunther" We find him working as a hotel concierge on Nice when a former Nazi SS Captain known to Bernie walks into the hotel.
This Nazi is now operating as a blackmailer and his target is Somerset Maugham. There is a photograph in his possession showing several men in compromising positions at Maugham's house including Guy Burgess.
Bernie gets involved as he normally does and we have a solid thriller. I've been with the series since day one and they are solid. Brag time, I've met Mr Kerr and I was one of those boring buggers who wanted a photograph, for which he obliged.
A good read and a good series to read.