|06 January 2016|
My favourite writer within the broad category of thrillers, one I literally grew up reading, is Frederick Forsyth. Forsyth is different from the stardardfare thriller writer in that he takes a long time in patiently building up the plot. If you want a thrill-a-minute ride, Forsyth is not for you (I do have a recommendation for the extreme thrill-seeker, and that is Robert Crais; but Crais would be for another day). Forsyth’s not necessarily a mystery writer, his two most celebrated books, ‘Day of the Jackal’ and ‘The Dogs of War’ cannot be classified as mysteries at any stretch, but some of his mystery thrillers, ‘The Odessa File’ and ‘The Fourth Protocol’ are exceptional; the latter is my recommendation for the week.
The Fourth Protocol of the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty prohibited assembling of nuclear weapons, piecemeal in secret, close to the target, before being detonated.
This book is based in 1986, during the heights of the Cold War. In London, a thief breaks in and steals important documents from a senior civil servant’s home. Later, on reading the contents – which reveal the civil servant to be a double-agent, the thief anonymously sends the information to the MI5.