“Fiona Samson kinds takes over in this 1/3 of the trilogy; however, I was somewhat disappointed as I expected it to pick up were Line left off. That will teach me to read a trilogy out of order. I still liked this story. I like Fiona. She is presented in true agony at having left husband...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I thought this was an 'ok' book. Certainly not anything spectacular. It did have plenty of action in it, but the plot was quite simple and the story just wasn't that intriguing in my personal opinion. It is a short read though, so it shouldn't take long to finish if you decide to give it a shot.”Rachel H wrote this review Thursday, December 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Kentucky Reader said: 3 stars
In all his years of marriage, Mitchell has just cheated on his wife for the first time. The young woman, now missing, was just a year older than his daughter. As luck would have, some sleazy characters have been waiting for somebody like Mitchell, a pillor of the community and successful businessman, an easy target for blackmail. But it turns out that Mitchell is a bit tougher than would be expected of a middle-aged businessman. Now there's a dangerous game of wits being played, and there may not be any winners.
I can certainly understand why Leonard has so many loyal fans, but I won't be joining the club. This is the only Leonard novel I've ever read and I believe I'll leave it at that. I found an interesting plot, very well constructed, and good writing, but there was just too much sleaze for it to be my cup of tea.”
“Fiona Samson kinds takes over in this 1/3 of the trilogy; however, I was somewhat disappointed as I expected it to pick up were Line left off. That will teach me to read a trilogy out of order. I still liked this story. I like Fiona. She is presented in true agony at having left husband and children in order to do good for England. And the fact that she becomes involved with another man is quite believable, even to the extent that I could readily understand it had nothing to do with her feelings toward Bernard. What it had to do with, instead, was with her feelings. And at that time, there simply was no other way but to allow this guy to come into her life in East Germany and to allow him to stay even after she knew he was a plant.
Back in merry ol' England, Bernard (for several books now) is ensconced with Gloria, the neat, beautiful, smart secretary who has climbed up the SIS ladder. Of course, he is fraught with emotions. He stills hopelessly, he believes, loves Fiona. He knows Gloria is too young for him. But, he can't let go of either. In true stiff upper lip fashion, he handles both.
The British are callous. No doubt about it. They are shocking. No doubt about that, either. And, no particular big deal is made about the fact that they didn't think twice of sacrificing Fiona's sister in order to extricate Fiona, safely, from the East. Simplistically, they could just have had her come home; however, good intelligence would have been bettered if the Soviets were convinced Fiona were dead. Ergo, Tessa enters the picture. Of course, our sensibilities are assuages somewhat when we find she has become a dope addict, is, indeed, childless, and is living a rather useless existence. In any event, it all works.
I just wonder if I'll see Samsons again. Sure hope so. ”
“vodka and 7up- stylish.”John Beck wrote this review Monday, February 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Visceral at every level.”Chuck Emerson wrote this review Monday, February 16, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A true classic of the American crime genre. Quite a few of Leonard's books have become screenplays.”David J wrote this review Saturday, February 14, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As always - Elmore Leonard writes consistently good, short, engaging novels.
I think he is the best writer you will ever consistently find on the supermarket best seller list.”