A Small Town in Germany is a keeper, not a thriller

A Small Town in Germany is a complex, Cold War era mystery that totters on the edge of a thriller. In Germany, “an amorphous Movement* of popular resentments, popular protest and occasional violence” threatens Britain’s desperate attempt to gain admittance to the Common Market. As if that weren’t enough, Leo Harting, a Second Secretary at […]

007 Rates 000 in You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice is next to last of the 12 James Bond novels Ian Fleming began publishing in 1953. Assuming readers are familiar with the names and personalities of the series’ characters, Fleming plunges into what passes for a plot. Bond’s wife died in the previous novel; 007 has messed up two assignments since. […]