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XPD by Len Deighton
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Oct 28, 12

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Read from October 10 to 28, 2012

I've read some of the criticisms of the book, and I can see below that some people give it five stars. I had just read another thriller, and was pleasantly surprised...at first. That other book had some holes in the logic. But when Boyd Stuart drives away from the farmhouse, the place blows up, and he goes back, finding the old man's body and a wall safe, and removes some documents, where is the old lady? Didn't she go off to milk the cows? Where exactly did she go? The protag seems to miss this point badly, yet his life is on the line. There is no insuperable problem with the plot, and Americans and Canadians probably don't accept that Churchill's reputation must remain unblemished. That part is a bit overblown, but in its own way the story is entertaining enough. It's just different from the modern thriller with car chases, guns pointing at people's heads and lots of things blowing up, which to Deighton's credit he actually does a little bit of in the book.

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message 1: by Tim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Tim Yes, I wondered where the wife was too !

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