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The name is James. James Jr?

books Updated: May 27, 2011 22:54 IST

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Carte Blanche
Jeffery Deaver
Hodder and Stroughton
Rs 499
PP 435

First of all, this is an updated James Bond, a rebooted 007 far from the suave charm-meister created by Ian Fleming who was the iconic alpha male of the Swinging-and-Tumbling 60s.

In fact, unlike Sebastian Faulks’ 2008 ‘Bond novel’ Devil May Care or earlier non-Ian Fleming 007 novels such as the 2002 The Man With The Red Tattoo by Raymond Benson, noted psychological thriller writer Jeffery Deaver’s Bond is born in the early 80s and is now in the thick of the post-9/11 world.

The Bond of Carte Blanche travels through Serbia, South Africa, London and Dubai. Deaver is stylish enough with his plot that involves tracking down a sicko villain Severan Hydt, who has a sexual death’n’decay fetish. Nice. But he has James turn down a bed-in with a woman because she’s on a rebound. Not nice at all.