|Damn skippy I own this.|
It's an awesome title and the book explores the theme well. The protagonist is successful fiction writer (Westerns) Matt Helm, living a very normal, pleasant life in Santa Fe with his lovely family. He is almost a decade out of his war career, where he was part of a ruthless top secret Allied spy/commando force. To everyone around him now, he had a fairly boring war, though he did get badly injured. The book opens in medias res (and really well done in media res as well) at a party where he sees a beautiful young woman who was his colleague and lover back in WWII. Her presence quickly brings back memories and then more than memories as he gets tangled up in whatever the hell she is up to here. It's a great ride and the ending is particularly intense and tough and satisfying. I'm kind of glad this isn't the first Matt Helm book I've read and that I was aware that the whole series is not able to maintain the hardness of this one. Otherwise I might have been in for a great letdown. Coming to Death of a Citizen at this phase in my reading was most rewarding. Get your hands on this, citizen.