|Cover art by PAUL MANN|
Two decades ago, the producers of the James Bond movies
hired legendary crime novelist Donald E. Westlake to come up
with a story for the next Bond film. The plot Westlake dreamed up -
about a Western businessman seeking revenge after being kicked out
of Hong Kong when the island was returned to Chinese rule - had
all the elements of a classic Bond adventure, but political concerns
kept it from being made. Never one to let a good story go to waste,
Westlake wrote an original novel based on the premise instead -
a novel he never published while he was alive.
Crime is proud to give that novel its first publication ever, to-
gether with a brand new afterword by one of the movie produc-
ers describing the project's genesis, and to give fans their first
taste of the Westlake-scripted Bond that might have been.
(From the dustjacket. Emphasis mine.)
Available now from all good bookstores. This
one you gotta read, so don't deprive yourself.
How's this for a spooky coincidence? When I scanned
the cover, it came up as img007. Apropriate or what?