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A Gun for Sale by Graham Greene
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Jun 09, 09


The most interesting character in this 1936 novel from Greene is the hitman Raven. In his introduction (I have a different edition from the one pictured, with an intro by the Greene himself) he says how Raven is an update of Buchan's Richard Hannay character. But rather than a man propelled by right and patriotism, the world had altered so he was now a man fuelled by self interest and grievances.

When Raven is in the frame this books is an excellent character study with a great sense of danger. However none of the characters match up to that. The hero is the kind of strong jawed fellow and the heroine the kind of plucky gal that you would find in any drawing room play from the period. They don't really set the pulse racing.

A patchy book that isn't up to the author's best.
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