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Where Agents Fear to Tread (1984)

by Roy Harley Lewis

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In some ways the strongest of the first four efforts by this author, but ultimately a disappointment. As a rule I am not attracted to the mystery/thriller genre, but am attempting to slog through this series because ostensibly they center on booksellers (the Matthew Coll series) or librarians (the present volume). But after the first few pages, the fact that the protagonist is a librarian, and that the stolen items were ancient Arabic manuscripts, become wholly irrelevant, and are not seriously mentioned again.

I could set that aside and attempt to enjoy the adventure itself, except inevitably for this author the male lead is a boor when it comes to women. In the present story, despite having a fiance at home, he proposes marriage to another woman he has known for only a few days, convincing her to break ties and obligations in her own life, only to then change his mind and leave her behind because he decides, in the end, that the first woman would be more appropriate. Basically, he doesn't deserve any woman. Maybe it reflects the time in which he wrote, or the genre itself, but I find his lack of moral backbone extremely unappealing. ( )
  dono421846 | Aug 6, 2014 |
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