Voodoo booboo

24 12 2010

Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming

Beautiful, fortune-telling Solitaire is the prisoner and tool of Mr Big: master of fear, artist in crime and Voodoo Baron of Death. But James Bond has no time for hocus pocus. He knows that this criminal heavy hitter is also a top SMERSH operative and a real threat. More than that, after tracking him through the jazz joints of Harlem, to the everglades and on to the Caribbean, 007 has realized that Big is one of the most dangerous men he has ever faced…

It’s a pretty grim and violent chase at times but is reasonably suspenseful in places. The book is a world away from the Roger Moore movie but still contains some classic Bond elements. Some of the less attractive features are the casual, almost incessant, racism and the typically dismissive attitude towards female characters (in this case there is only one I think and you might be able to guess from the cover the particular approach taken).

Very much of its time and, notwithstanding the above criticisms, an entertaining enough read. But a bit disappointed there was no speedboat chase.

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