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Forgetfulness by Ward Just
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Jul 13, 2009

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I was told that this book is a simple yet enjoyable thriller, and I found that quite true. After reading the cover jacket's description, I was reminded of those books you see advertised on the subway, where the author is "a true master of suspense... [insert author's name:] weaves a complicated tale that left me thirsting for more..." and so on. The story is of a painter/espionage agent, living in the South of France in a rustic country town, whose wife is found dead after a walk in the woods, possibly murdered due to the main characters espionage work. On the surface, totally unbelievable and hints of too much escapism. Yet I found that the author manages to avoid those trappings and present a fairly straight forward tale about grief. Not very deep, but not too shallow either.
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