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İnfazcı (Jonathan Hemlock #1)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  8,473 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
Trevanian'ın "Kar Kaplanı" adıyla da yayımlanan bu romanının kahramanı Johnathan Hemloc doktora yapmış bir sanat adamı, resim uzmanı ve koleksiyoncudur. Geçmişte CII örgütünün özel, iz bırakmayan öldürme eylemlerini gerçekleştirdiği şifre adı "Onaylama Bölümü" olan serviste çalışmıştır. Ayrılmasına karşın zaman zaman büyük paralar karşılığı örgütün "infaz işlerini" gerçekl ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by E Yayınları (first published 1972)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Aug 29, 2014 Jeffrey Keeten rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spies
"Niceness is an overrated quality. Being nice is how a man pays his way into the party if he hasn't the guts to be tough or the class to be brilliant."

Jonathan Hemlock teaches art at a university, but the modest sum he makes teaching doesn't cover his extravagant habits. He is renovating a Gothic church on Long Island, expensive real estate as we all know, and the upgrades involve only the very best in Italian marbles and rare woods. Jonathan is building a shrine to his self-image. He has a coll
May 26, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Devilishly hilarious. Imagine a Bond film narrated by Bill Maher.

Some reviewers have described Trevanian’s 1972 novel as blending elements of adventure and satire, others have stated that this is an action adventure with some humor. I am going to the other end of the spectrum and say that this is delicious satire that also includes some good adventure writing. This is not the absurd spoof a fan of Austin Powers or Inspector Clouseau would be looking for – but not far off either.

Truth be known, t
Many readers and reviewers swallow this book whole without realizing it is a satirical spoof on spy novels and movies of the 1960s, James Bond and the like. Should there be any doubt, examine the silly character names: Randy Nickers and Cherry Pitt, for example. He attacks the CIA by naming the book's bloated intelligence service as CII. There's the over-the-top macho sexuality, most of the characters (gay and straight) have daily one night stands. The leader of the assassin organization is an e ...more
Cathy (cathepsut)
One of the treasures on my parents' bookshelf, when YA got boring. Loved it and read it several times as a teenager. I loved the Clint Eastwood movie as well. I'm actually not sure what came first for me, book or movie...

Very likeable main character, although he's an assassin. Well done and suspenseful climbing scenes and climax. Maybe it's time for a re-read...
Jul 12, 2014 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the spy book genre
Recommended to Mark by: the Clint Eastwood movie
Shelves: spies, thriller, 2013
To be honest I have seen the movie three or four times and mostly because of Clint Eastwood.
I did expect the movie to be different from the book as most movies tend to be, so I was kind of surprised that this was not the case. The Eastwood movie is rather faithfull to the novel.
That is perhaps the reason I kept seeing Eastwoods face when I read the novel. The book like the movie is not one in the vein of the 007 movie series albeit that some aspects like the "M" in this book wher quite Fleminge
Feb 02, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun! Trevanian manages to be both vulgar and erudite. His story drips with satire of the spy genre, but also delivers a great spy/assassination tale. It’s a delightful paradox. I think the best thing is that Trevanian has a huge store of knowledge about really diverse subjects (mountain climbing, literature, art, wine, etc.), but is also able to enjoy the more trite bits of the genre. Jemima Brown? Really. Randie Nickers? Yes, really. Yurasis Dragon. Of course. Trevanian’s double-visioned abilit ...more
Jun 21, 2013 Jc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trevanian's stories of suspense fell somewhere between the adventurous romantic thrillers of Fleming and the dark, grimy reality of le Carre. While Trev. has his own following, I find Fleming to be more engrossingly entertaining and le Carre to be more disturbingly down-to-earth. Eiger Sanction I also don't think aged as well much of the works of the other two authors. While the basic plot is good, and well written, the sexuality of the book seems very forced and artificial, even a bit backwards ...more
Zeynep Nur
Jul 19, 2015 Zeynep Nur rated it really liked it
Shelves: roman
Neresinden başlasam bilemiyorum... Gerilimi iliklerinize kadar hissettiğiniz, heyecan dozu yüksek harika bir dağcılık kitabı diye toparlanabilir aslında.
Olay, bir üniversite profesörü, koleksiyoncu ve mükemmel bir dağcı olmanın yanı sıra profesyonel suikastçı olan Jonathan Hemlock'un çok istediği bir tablo için bir 'onaylama' görevi almasıyla başlıyor. İlk başta klasik bir aksiyon gibi görünse de olaylar beklenildiği gibi gitmiyor. Geçmişten gelen ve kapanmayan davalardan, birbirini tanımayan 4
Nov 16, 2014 Ezgi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Su gibi akıp giden romanları seviyorum ve Trevanian da bu romanları yazmayı gerçekten iyi biliyor.
Önceden okumuş olduğum “Şibumi” den etkilenerek bu kitabını aldım. Kovalamaca, polisiye dolu olmasına rağmen okurken ana karakterden etkilenerek gayet sakin kalmayı başarabiliyorsunuz.
Okuduğum iki kitapta da çok fazla benzerlik olduğunu söyleyebilirim. Ana karakterler sanata ilgili, duygudan yoksun, yetim ve kesinlikle özel olarak büyümüş olan yetenekli insanlar. Bu özellikle an
Oct 30, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Take an arts-history prof/secret weekend assassin, add some ridiculously named randy ladies, tough men and some mountain climbing and you have the Eiger Sanction.

Oh, what to say about this one.....adventure, sex, mystery, art, snobbery, and who-dun-it, sort of. Jonathan Hemlock is an art history professor, contraband painting collector, and (dun, dun, dun) a cold-blooded assassin on the side. No kidding. And if that doesn't sound ridiculous, he always gets the ladies. But he's looking to get out
Sep 16, 2010 wally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trevanian
i'd seen the clint eastwood movie years ago. television. description on the back says "part thriller and part satire" but for me any satire musta went over my head.

this guy lives in a renovated catholic church, new york, art collector, assassinates people upon request. sanctions them not to put too fine a point on it.

he gets the call, but he's semi-retired and needs to get in shape. does so. the eiger is a mountain.

trevanian trots around the globe w/his fiction. where hasn't he been? entertaini
Jonathan Hemlock é um professor de História da Arte em Nova York. Sua casa fica em Long Island e é um mosteiro reformado cheio de luxos, como um banho romano e uma galeria com temperatura e luminosidade adequada para expor e proteger sua inestimável coleção de pinturas impressionistas (conseguidas através de meios um tanto quanto... violentos).
O dinheiro necessário para ampliar sua coleção de arte e para financiar suas viagens veio através de seus trabalhos realizados para a Unidade de Busca e S
Jason Edwards
Third time I’ve read The Eiger Sanction, first time reviewing. And both times I reread the novel, I’d forgotten the “twist” endings. Most likely because it’s a bit anti-climactic. Or because I’ve never written a review for it before, and I tend to forget things easily. I’d make a lousy spy.

Actually, Jonathan Hemlock isn’t a spy, he’s an assassin. An assassin who likes fine art, his solitude, hates people, his job. You know, every assassin trope you can think of. Or cliché, if you want to be mean
Nov 29, 2014 Edgar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm on a five-star rampage, but what can I say. I loved this book. That's what five stars mean.

A caveat: if you're easily offended somehow sensitive basically homosapiensly reactive to sexism and racism, AND lack a sense of humor, stay away from this book. Seriously. You'll get so mad at it, you'll go into shock and die. It is so blatantly, ridiculously machoist you MUST laugh at it, like you laugh at Ron Burgundy. For it is hilarious, and (as I concluded after reading) it's an imposture.

And I k
Aug 16, 2014 Christian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I'm aware that "the Eiger Sanction" is widely considered a parody on the spy fiction genre, I feel it is one of Trevanian's best books. It easily holds it ground as a genuine thriller, albeit with a good dose of sarcasm and irony.

the biggest "problem" for me might have been that, I'm a big fan of the Clint Eastwood movie, and Clint is pretty a perfect cast for Jonathan Hemlock, so it's absolutely impossible reading this book without seeing the actors faces filling my head despites some dif
A strange and wonderful book, THE EIGER SANCTION really deserves a longer review than I can give it, because there really is nothing like it. The novel opens with an unforgettable scene of vicious skullduggery, and then introduces Jonathan Hemlock, an eccentric professor who lives in a converted church and supports his passion of collecting masterpiece paintings by . . . performing unimaginably difficult assassinations for a shadowy agency. For the first half of the book the reader is treated to ...more
Oct 08, 2012 Erwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost as good as Shibumi, but far better than Don Wilson's "Shibumi Prequel" Satori. The plot is a bit predictable, but the point isn't the plot, the point is about the style of the journey. Intelligent, sarcastic, elitist. Very fun.

Intentional parody of the classic spy novel, but better written and more interesting than many of the more serious works. Every characters and places are given names that poke fun at themselves and the story.

One reader described the Eiger Sanction [assassination] as
Jan 03, 2013 Will rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Dr. Jonathan Hemlock, Professor of Art, spun out his closing lecture to the mass class in Art and Society - a course he abhorred to teach, but one which was the bread and butter of his department. His lecture style was broadly ironic, even insulting, but he was vastly popular with the students, each of whom imagined his neighbor was writhing under Dr. Hemlock's superior disdain. They interpreted his cold acidity as an attractive bitterness in the face of the unfeeling bourgeois world, an epitom ...more
Jan 10, 2013 S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shades of Crichton, Ludlum, Le Carre. Obsessed Trevanian fans are fond of describing his work as "meta-" or "simultaneous spoof of and spy novel," but such descriptions may be a trifle too fair for the writer. This isn't some carnivalesque linguistic word-play and semiotic deconstruction with seven possible meanings to every paragraph. It's straight Ludlum or Crichton with a little bit of extra twist to make everything skippy. In fact, one might fairly say that the beginnings of Trevanian's grea ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Jon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It feels more like a 2 1/2 star novel. It's exciting in places, and I guess it's supposed to be kind of a spoof, but it's not really funny. Just ridiculous. The mountain climb is the best part, but it takes up only a tiny bit of the novel's space at the end. More room for the many, many, many absurdly macho sex scenes and descriptions of Hemlock's eyes and borderline psychopathy, I guess. But the cool concept and the thrilling if too-short mountain climb count for something.
Lara Thompson
Sep 04, 2015 Lara Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thriller mysteries are outside my usual book choices but the promise of old school mountaineering lured me in. The Eiger Sanction didn't disappoint! The writing here was taut and characterizations excellent if a little stereotypical. There were maybe only fifty pages on the actual mountain but with pre training that painted a vivid picture of climbing in spiked boots, no harness, pitons and hammers. Nuts. I get the feeling it was well researched but I'll be reading Cloud Walkers next to find out ...more
Ramon Yáñez lópez
Tercera novela de Trevanian que leo despues de Shibumi y El Main.

La Sancin de Eiger es como una novela de James Bond pero sin James Bond. Aqui el protagonista es un profesor de Historia del Arte que en sus ratos lbres hace de asesino para una agencia (de pacotilla) gubernamental.

Repleta de dialogos llenos de ironia solo hay que poner al protagonista la cara de Clint Eastwood (que la film en 1973) y pasareis un rato estupendo.

Mar 20, 2012 Dominick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This really is a clever and fun book. I don't know if I'd have seen the twist coming so clearly as I did had I not read it first decades ago and remembered enough to know what was coming, but the fact that I even remember such a detail speaks to the staying power of the book. Assassin Jonathan Hemlock is hired/coerced into carrying out a dangerous "sanction" or assassination only he can manage, since the target is a mountain climber, as Hemlock was in earlier pre-assassin days. This book include ...more
Fred Shaw
Jul 14, 2015 Fred Shaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read it before, I was interested in revisiting the climbing adventure of the Eiger. I didn't really care for the cheesy names like Randie Nickers, Jemima Brown, and Cherry Pitt and of course the spy vs. spy intrigue. But the book was well written and kept me turning pages. I was surprised once again with the ending. I would like to one day stay at one of the Kleine Scheidegg hotels and view the scenery.
Clara Mazzi
Jun 15, 2014 Clara Mazzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gustosissimo. Dialoghi ammirevoli: veloci, imprevedibili. Caustici. Che portano facilmente al riso - difficilissimo quando si scrive. Scritto nel '72 -se non fosse per il tanto sesso casuale e il niente amore, non si noterebbe quasi che sono passati 30 anni dalla sua uscita. Poco suspence, questo sì. E un finale prevedibile sin per me. Ma i dialoghi, i dialoghi valgono tutto il libro.
John Hannibal
Jun 19, 2016 John Hannibal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Novel, unique take on the hired killer genre. The subplot with his hideous employer as well as his ridiculous art collection habit make this book as much about the main characters non professional life as the killing. Plus the killing is ridiculous. Great read by an overlooked master of suspense the one and only Trevanian.
Sally Chartrand guenzi
I read this book a long time ago and I just remembered how much I enjoyed it. It is high adventure (albeit with violence- the hero is a hit man after all) with a large dose of humor. I love the character names. While this is not my usual fare, I really got a kick out of it. Do yourself a favor- check this oldie out.
Jul 06, 2015 KaanMete rated it it was amazing
Keşfedilmemiş sayılabilecek efsanevi yazarlardan biri olan Trevanian'ın bu eserinin en çok şaşırtıcı yanı su gibi giderken aksiyon üzerine aksiyon olmuyor tabi bir aksiyon var ama bu derece su gibi akıp giden bir duru aksiyona sahip kitap okumamıştım.

Kitabı okuduktan sonra dağcılığa ilginiz artırabilir...
Luca Cresta
Feb 06, 2016 Luca Cresta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
perfetto. un thriller eccezionale con personaggi "enormi". una lettura obbligatoria per tutti gli amanti del genere e per gli appassionati di alpinismo. Trevanian ti porta in parete con i 4 scalatori e trasmette con le parole tutte le sensazioni della parete. Da leggere assolutamente!
Nov 10, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the heck out of this book. This is old school spy storytelling at its best. Its got a morally ambiguous "hero", beautiful women, snarky sly humor, murder and mayhem.

The writing was so well done that it is nearly timeless. There were one or two idioms used that dated it. The Korean War and the Moon Landing were mentioned but otherwise this could have been written yesterday instead of 40+ years ago.

And when they finally get to the mountain, the tension is taut, thrilling, and well pace
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"Trevanian" was the pen name of American author Dr. Rodney William Whitaker (12 June 1931-14 Dec 2005). He wrote in a wide variety of genres, achieved best-seller status, and published under several names, of which the best known was Trevanian. From 1972 to 1983, five of his novels sold more than a million copies each. He was described as "the only writer of airport paperbacks to be compared to Zo ...more
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