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Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming
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Sep 20, 10

it was ok
bookshelves: thriller, espionage
Read from September 13 to 17, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Bond vs. some criminals... Not what I was expecting.
He's basically investigating some smuggling - no SMERSH, no SPECTRE. He moves from one stage of the smuggling "pipeline" to the next with a mixture of bungling luck and bumping into people who help him. Inspector Clouseau wouldn't have done much differently.

On an aside, Fleming seems to dislike less physically perfect people. It's all a little bit ayrian. The bad guy is a red haired hunchback. And later, Bond nearly has a panic attack when he has to go into a spa where sick people might be receiving treatments for their ailments.

The book is from an enjoyable old world though, mid 50s - Britain still (thought it) had some clout on the world stage so it's only right that MI6 would be investigating smuggling of British diamonds out of Africa. A terrible concern for Her Majesty's Treasury.

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