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on 26 March 2008
You have to sypathise with authors. We readers just sit on our backsides expecting to be entertained (for days at under a tenner).And we love familiarity;I could quite happilly read any part of the life story of Jean Casson whether pre war, war time or post war. The writer just brings him to life so well. A good test is whether you are sad to have the book end and, of course ,I was.
Maybe we Brits were just brought up on series;for me it would have been Biggles and the Ian and Sovra novels of Elinor Lyon. Whatever the reason, Casson is a great hero and I cant wait for him to reappear though I do fear for his wife's lover come the Liberation !Yes I know these are fictional characters but,curse him, the writer makes us care!
So what if the plot is complicated- if Russian intelligence is involved then chess is the strategic method.Atmosphere as always perfect.Just how do Americans manage this;Cruz Smith with Russia , Elizabeth George (mostly with success, though not with the UK aristocracy) with England and Furst with France and all middle Europe.