Picks and Pans Review: Hemingway's Notebook

updated 01/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Bill Granger

The November man is back, and the bullets and blood are flowing as never before. This is Granger's sixth novel about the U.S. agent who in Granger's last book, The Zurich Numbers, managed to escape from the KGB by "dying." He reappears in Switzerland with a new identity and his beloved Rita, but an insane Colonel Ready, who knew both of them in Vietnam, involves them in a wild plot to take over St. Michel, a poverty-stricken island in the Caribbean. Ready wants the November man to locate a notebook that belongs to a beach bum, Harry Francis, who once knew Hemingway: "Harry was part of a long literary tradition of spies turned writers." Just as November finds the notebook, an American force invades the island. There are comparisons to the attempted Cuba invasion in 1961 and the Grenada takeover, only this time one of the interested parties is a mafioso who plans to set up a gambling casino for tourists. Hemingway's Notebook is solid, tough-guy stuff delivered in crisp style by a pro. For those who like fast action, gore and a little depravity with their spies, Granger is the man. (Crown, $14.95)

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