Filed under: FLASHMAN, John D.MacDonald, Spythriller | Schlagwörter: Alan Furst, Flashman, John D.MacDonald, Thriller
Er begann als „junger Wilder“ mit einer Sex&Drugs&Rock´n Roll-Trilogie (von der er heute nichts mehr wissen will, die aber in gewissen Kreisen Kultstatus genießt), bevor er sich mit SHADOW TRADE (deutsch in den 1980ern alle bei Ullstein) dem Polit-Thriller zuwandte. Heute gilt er als moderner Klassiker des Historischen Spionageromans.
Whom do you consider your literary heroes?
I was raised on John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series. Something about this genre — hard-boiled-private-eye-with-heart-of-gold — never failed to take me away from whatever difficulties haunted my daily world to a wonderful land where I was no more than an enthralled spectator. The hero went through hell, but by the last paragraph the bad guy got what was coming to him. Well, good. As a kid I knew it wasn’t always so, but the justice fantasy was addictive.
Skipping ahead some years, my present-day favorite is Harry Flashman, a regimental officer involved in every campaign during the days of the 19th-century British Empire. These are historical novels, and their author, George MacDonald Fraser, with all the rogerings of royal ladies and chases through snow or desert, was a serious historian. I guess the link between Travis McGee and Harry Flashman is that like many readers, I am drawn to extravagant characters who live flamboyant lives — at least in novels.
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