Instead of the foreword – A Lone Wolf
Sometimes I ask myself what book in genre of adventure, detective fiction, thriller or spy novel I like the most. This is not an easy question to answer. Probably it is The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth. Many years ago I came to a bookshop to ask whether they have something interesting and new for me to read. Not long before that time I read Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, the first novel of James Bond series but at the time I was not so much impressed. The seller proposed classical detective fiction by James Chase, Raymond Chandler, Rex Stout and even Agatha Christie – the books of my youth. I like many of books written by these authors, but till that time I had read a lot of them. And suddenly some old man came up to me and said “Here there is a wonderful book for you. You will not regret.” It looked as he knew what he was saying and not only as a reader. I bought the book The Day of the Jackal and I liked it. And until now I name it the book of my first choice in the number of different genres I have mentioned above. The second by the way is The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Later I saw the movie based on Robert Ludlum’s novel The Bourne Identity; the first TV movie filmed in 1988 and read several novels by Stephen Hunter about Bob Lee Swagger, his Point of Impact and some other. What is in common in all these novels is an idea of a Lone Wolf. Maybe that idea impressed me the most. But what is more interesting in The Day of the Jackal is a collective and professional work of police and secret service to find a professional killer whose identity is unknown and the search spreads throughout the whole country and even beyond its borders.
All that inspired me to write Strange Death in Venice, the novel in some way similar to The Day of the Jackal. But I would like to write more than a simple detective fiction novel but the book with some philosophical sense and also the book a little bit about women’s beauty and love.
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