The Venetian Affair

The Venetian Affair

Book - 1963
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An American newspaperman, en route for a holiday in Paris, accidently exchanges raincoats with a fellow passenger and Communist agent, and becomes involved in a plot to assassinate Charles de Gaulle.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., c1963.
Characteristics: 405 p. ; 21 cm.

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mammothhawk229e
Dec 22, 2017

Old school spy novel's plot that aged very well unlike Ian Fleming.
Protagonist a middle aged everyman got into how-to-do by accident.
Antagonist an older ,but paranoid freelance assassin recruited by Soviet union that killed 2000+ victims in-between world wars, Spanish Civil war, Second world War & cold war. Lifetime goal to to make United States look bad & defang NATO.
Cast of character interesting including antagonist's selfish ex-wife who hang out with the wrong crowds.
Tension & suspense so real.
Crackling book highly recommended for something similar to Tom Clancy.
Should read Eric Ambler & Graham Greene for comparison.
Hey, running-out-of-ideas Hollywood! Film her literary gems!

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