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3.0 out of 5 stars Making a crisis out of a drachma, 31 July 2011
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This review is from: Mayhem in Greece (Hardcover)
Wheatley (1897-1977), like Harold Robbins, has moved from renown to obscurity at unexpected speed. He used to sell a million books a year. Now it is only the persistence of a few Hammer Horror Films that memorialise him - and even that tends to be as an occult writer, when in fact he was a renowned thriller writer ('Mayhem in Greece' itself contains joke references to his popular wartime Gregory Sallust series). This 1962 book is an odd fish, though. The hero, Robbie Grenn, is a clumsy, embarrassingly middle-class, overgrown child who stumbles on a Czech cold war plot that involves clandestine operations in Greece. The joy of the book is that Grenn does everything wrong yet somehow repeatedly stumbles to the good. The book-jacket's assertion that he is a 'moron' is overstated: not many morons possess both a savant's flare for languages and the ability to write a book about Greek myths. The latter (which is deliberately amateurish) is quoted at length and there's a considerable amount of travelogue detail too; both of which strain the dialogue and detain the action considerably. The prose isn't impenetrably dated, though; and while Wheatley isn't in the Ambler class, he is recognisably in the vein of well-educated, literary-minded thriller writers that the UK produced between Buchan and Deighton. There isn't a plot twist here that a modern reader wouldn't spot a chapter away at best and you soon get a dependable sense that Wheatley wouldn't let anything REALLY horrible happen to 'the good guys'. It's the kind of book you find in a rented seaside cottage or a sanitorium and happily read to kill the hours.
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