316. The Life and Times of Michael K by J. M. Coetzee
, 1983, Penguin 1985, US$13
317. Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II by Ben Macintyre
, 2010, Bloomsbury 2010, £7.99
318. Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman, Lover, Betrayer, Hero, Spy. by Ben Macintyre
(2007), London: Bloomsbury.
319. Banco by Henri Charriere
, 1972 translated from French by Patrick O,Brian, Harper Colllins 1994, £4.99
320. Sight Unseen by Robert Goddard
(2005), Corgi Books, £6.99
The writing is good and lucid but the plot was awful and all wrong from the start. Most thrillers are about live-and-death all out wars between parties. To make it exciting, the white camp is often weak but righteous whereas the black camp is powerful, resourceful and vicious. That is also the framework of this fiction.
The problem of the main plot is that it starts on a wrong footing. The black camp is vicious, powerful and ready to kill. Given these, how can it come up with the idea of kidnapping the toddler daughter of your own money man, bringing her up under a pseudo identity just to keep the father under full control while there had not been any sign of betrayal. There must be a thousand and one way for the black camp to keep its members loyal and under control. Keeping a kidnapped child for an indifinite period? That is beyond the wildest imagination.
The author pays more attention to tie the murders and deaths to the literary found of the Junius Letters. This is more a distraction and has no connection to the main plot.
The endgame is most disappointing. It is not about what happened or would happen but the unfounded guess of one character.
The author really has to thank the editor to allow such an unfinished product to go to print and apologise to the readers for wasting their time.