A guilty pleasure, picked up after the intense thoughts of the last book I wanted something easy and fun to read. In his introduction White explains how he was approached by a New York Editor to be one of a number of authors submitting chapters about a certain character the editor then described. White tells how he came upon the name of his main character, Dusky MacMorgan, and developed his back ground. White calls this type of book his “duck and fuck”. Where the hero dodges bullets then ends up with the woman in the story. The last paragraph of the introduction explains it all; “For years, I apologized for these books. I no longer do.”
MacMorgan has been in a funk, his family was killed by drug smugglers. He has avenged their deaths by eliminating all except one smuggler and has pledged to find the last. But still the grieving has left him empty and now has decided to move on and get himself back into the world. While swimming his first mile on his get back trail he finds a beautiful woman in trouble on a sailboat. MacMorgan saves the day and is dropped off back at his stilt house outside Key West. There he finds an old Army friend and mentor waiting and ready to give him a job.
It starts fast and moves fast throughout the book. Only a couple of hundred pages it has to be quick. MacMorgan is now looking for an assassin. His job is to eliminate the assassin before he or she can kill a diplomat. The government wants to send a message to terrorists that you don’t mess with the US. Written 20 years prior to September 11, 2001 the book was way ahead of its time.
Although technologically dated, I enjoy the books, and like I said, a guilty pleasure.
Next up; “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas first published in 1844 and has been in print ever since.
Until next time I’ve got to get my taxes around, some time, but there are so many books and so little time.