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The name is Oakes, Boise Oakes and I'm here to entertain you!
on 1 November 2011
It was 1966 when, at the tender age of 13, I was seduced by Corgi's first edition of Gardner's "The Liquidator" whilst escaping a particularly draconian English boarding school by hiding out in Watford's WHS.
The cover hooked me. It showed a particularly phallic bullet tied in red ribbon and having read the cover blurb, I couldn't wait to get my hard earned 2/6 out of my pocket.
At that point in history, provoked by the Bond phenomena, the publishing industry was awash with new spy heroes but Gardner's Boise Oakes was new, different and better. The book was unique.Not only was it thrilling, it was laugh out loud funny and introduced us to a rich cast of characters that took the market by storm.
At the centre of the action was one Boise Ian Oakes, a coward, wimp and would be cad that is mistakenly recruited from civi street to be MI6's top assassin. He is seduced by the high life and desperate to hang onto the job perks but can't do the work. The solution is obvious - he subcontracts it!
This is a great book and it launched the career of the late, great John Gardner. In my opinion, Oakes was Gardner's greatest literary creation and the first three books in the Oakes series are excellent.
If you haven't read "The Liquidator", you are in for a great ride. If you did read it 45 years ago, give yourself a treat and go back in time. Of course, it's dated but that's part of the charm of reading it today.
Congratulations to "Top Notch" for publishing a jewel but, why on earth didn't you use the original cover?