Friday, October 31, 2008

Straight line to Zigzag

Charles' turn.
This must be the week for wandering minds (See Rick and Debby’s posts below). I’m not a big fan of chocolate and don’t know a lot of jokes…okay, I don’t know a lot of appropriate jokes, but my mind is a tad fuzzy this week as well what with a three-inning World Series game, and a 30-minute political commercial, a day volunteering at the Ontario ARC and a noontime speaking gig yesterday. And I still have the weekend ahead of me. Not bad.
So what’s a boy to talk about? How about an absolutely fantastic true spy thriller that is better—much better—than many fiction spy thrillers. It’s Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal, by Ben Macintyre and folks, they don’t get much better than this. Really, it reads like fiction except that no author would create such an impossible, improbable plot line. Track it down, it’s worth the read.
In the spirit of the season, I’m also reading some Edgar Allen Poe, but not his horror stuff. Instead I’m reading his C. Auguste Dupin stories, arguably (and arguably not) the first detective in fiction. “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” was good if a tab too fantastical for my tastes, and “The Purloined Letter” was brilliant. “The Mystery of Marie Roget” is quite confusing—not the plot, just the purpose of the whole thing. If you’ve read it you know what I mean, if you haven’t, well, there’s still plenty of time to get to it so don’t feel compelled to rush. But do rush out and find two Poe related books I picked up in Baltimore, to wit, The Beautiful Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allen Poe & the Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower and The Pale Blue Eye by Loius Bayard.
Okay, enough plugs. Time to go sprinkle tacks in the lawn for the trick or treaters.


Debby (Deborah Turrell) Atkinson said...

Agent ZigZag sounds compelling! I'm going to read it. Thanks for the recommendation.

Charles benoit said...

Word on da street is that Tom Hanks is producing/directing the movie based on the book. I'll keep you posted.