“Blazingly fast. . . . Entertaining. . . . Readers may wonder why American publishers waited so long to bring the series to this country.”
"Linge has been called the French James Bond, but no Bond novel was ever as sexually graphic, or as politically relevant, as this one. It’s so good, though, in that guilty-pleasure, over-the-top Bondian way that it will make American readers impatient to get their hands on the entire series." --Booklist, starred review
"The Spy Novelist Who Knows Too Much. . . . De Villiers’ books contain information about terror plots, espionage and wars that has never appeared elsewhere. . . . [They] are ahead of the news and sometimes even ahead of events themselves.” --The New York Times Magazine
Gérard de Villiers (1929–2013) is the most popular spy-thriller writer in French history. His hundred-odd books about the adventures of the Austrian nobleman and freelance CIA operative Malko Linge have sold millions of copies.
Malko Linge, who first appeared in 1964, has often been compared to Ian Fleming’s hero James Bond. The two secret agents share a taste for gunplay and kinky sex, but de Villiers was a journalist at heart, and his books are based on constant travel and reporting in dozens of countries.
On several occasions de Villiers was even ahead of the news. His 1980 novel had Islamists killing President Anwar el-Sādāt of Egypt a year before the event took place. The Madmen of Benghazi and Chaos in Kabul vividly reflect the current upheaval in Libya and Afghanistan.