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One of the very best books I have ever read (ever :-)
on 20 May 2001
Peter O'Donnell is one of the most underrated writers the english language has probably ever known. There isn't a single writer alive today who couldn't learn a great deal from his characterisations, plotting and sheer story telling brilliance. This book is to my mind the best of the Modesty Blaise novels and the novels themselves are among the best adventure stories you could ever read. Unfortunately the original comic strips and an appalling film adaptation (and I mean really dire) probably put most people off trying the novels. A taste for death is probably not a good place to start with Modesty Blaise. You should at least read the first novel (just called: modesty blaise) as that sets the background this novel returns to in part.
But whatever you do: read peter o'donnell, his books never date, his writing never grows stale and Modesty Blaise (Lara Croft eat your heart out) and Willie Garvin (and he could take Jack Reacher) manage to pull off almost superhuman feats with a casual nonchalance that is utterly convincing.
A taste for Death has my all time favourite fictional villain in Simon Delicata.
Read this book and discover for yourselves just how short changed you've been by the major publishing houses.
Peter O'Donnell was there first and does it so much better it's truly criminal there are no paperback re-prints.