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Friday, April 1, 2011

THRILLER CORNER: SATORI!

THRILLER CORNER: SATORI!

DON WISLOW

THE RAP SHEET'S J.KINGSTON PIERCE GIVES US A NICE REVIEW OF DON WINSLOW’S PREQUEL TO TREVANIAN’S SHIMBUMI . . .

Why would one of the best crime-fiction writers in the world decide to take on the composition of what the finished book’s cover describes as “a novel based on” the work of another author?

That’s what I wondered when I first heard that Don Winslow, the author of such classics as The Death and Life of Bobby Z, The Winter of Frankie Machine, The Power of the Dog, and The Dawn Patrol, had signed to write a prequel to Shibumi, a 1979 thriller by the novelist known as Trevanian, whose most famous book was The Eiger Sanction (1972).

WHILE THE EIGER SANCTION REMAINS MY FAVORITE AMONG TREVANIAN’S BOOKS, SHIMBUMI RUNS A CLOSE SECOND, AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO JUMPING INTO THIS COMPLEX THRILLER . . .

FOR THE FULL RAP SHEET REVIEW CLICK HERE

SATORI

Prepare to meet the world's most dangerous man . . .

Nicholai Hel-genius, mystic, and the perfect, formidable assassin-was first introduced to readers in Shibumi, the classic #1 bestseller by master storyteller Trevanian. Now critically acclaimed author Don Winslow continues Hel's story for the first time in this all-new, blockbuster thriller.

SATORI

It is the fall of 1951, and the Korean War is raging. Twenty-six-year-old Nicholai Hel has spent the last three years in solitary confinement at the hands of the Americans. Hel is a master of hoda korosu, or "naked kill," is fluent in seven languages, and has honed extraordinary "proximity sense"-an extra-awareness of the presence of danger. He has the skills to be the world's most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him.

The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutral passport in exchange for one small service: to go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union's commissioner to China. It's almost certainly a suicide mission, but Hel accepts. Now he must survive chaos, violence, suspicion, and betrayal while trying to achieve his ultimate goal of satori-the possibility of true understanding and harmony with the world.

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