Regular readers of Anthony Price’s espionage novels will be well used to his complicated plots and densely written dialogue which need to be followed closely as different characters speak and act based on sometimes very differing perspectives on what is really going on.
With A Prospect of Vengeance Price gave his approach a neat twist: setting up a pair of investigative journalists to go back and poke around the events he’d first written about many years earlier in Tomorrow’s Ghost.
The two books are well worth reading back-to-back so you can enjoy the full ingenuity with which Price reworks the past, though one warning – the loose ends from the first novel are not resolved this time round. Rather you end up with a different perspective on all the events and in fact even more loose ends as the epilogue where you might expect it all to be wrapped up actually throws in a whole load of new uncertainties.
Nicely down and probably more reflective of real life than a neat rounding up of all the details, and it’ll leave you pondering quite what happened and why long after you put the books down.
It’s all rather reminiscent of Len Deighton’s Bernard Samson novels which keep on taking you back to earlier events with new perspectives and, like this, highly enjoyable.
If you like this, you might also be interested in The Defection of AJ Lewinter.
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