Short Take: Trigger Mortis – Anthony Horowitz writing as Ian Fleming

Is there nothing Horowitz cannot write? One of the UK’s most prolific and successful writers, he is also the screenwriter who created both Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War (seen in the U.S. on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery.) He had a major bestseller here with his Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk, then did it all over again with last winter’s Moriarty.

Now he tackles the newest estate-approved Bond novel, this one based on an original, never-produced TV teleplay Fleming himself wrote in the 1950s. Here’s what we know so far: Pussy Galore is back, the Cold War is getting colder and Bond’s love of high performance vehicles is front and center with a racing circuit plot element. In the hands of this genre master, I think we can expect a new Bond classic.

“[I]t’s quickly apparent that Horowitz is doing something both clever and audacious–more so than he did with his continuation of Conan Doyle’s great detective….Trigger Mortis may have a groan-inducing title, but Horowitz’s skills are otherwise fully in place – not least his ingenuity in setting the book two weeks after the death of Auric Goldfinger.”
The Independent

“…promises to be the best Fleming homage yet.”
   — Publishers Weekly

Trigger Mortis: With Original Material by Ian Fleming (9780062395108) by Anthony Horowitz. $27.99 hardcover. 9/8/15 on sale.

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