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The Loo Sanction by Trevanian
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Apr 06, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: spy-fiction, british, cold-war, contemporary, fiction

I enjoy a good spy novel now and then, but I'm not a huge fan of the genre overall. As I read The Loo Sanction, I felt that this was truly a novel for those who devour everything in the genre. The novel's not bad--far from it--but neither is it exceptional. The plot of the nefarious Mr. Strange to secretly record the perverse sexual acts of Britain's most powerful people (apparently they're all consumed by their perversions) and to use these tapes for blackmail is clever enough, but many of the sexual elements are absurd rather than envelope-pushing, and Dr. Hemlock's "art" lectures, meant to parody academic jargon and pretense, fall flat. All in all, a fast read, but don't expect the spectacular.

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