Trevanian Critical Essays


Trevanian 1925–

(Pseudonym of Rodney Whitaker; has also written under pseudonyms of J. L. Moran, Nicholas Seare, and Benat le Cagat) American novelist and nonfiction writer.

Although Trevanian is best known for his suspenseful thrillers, he writes under several names on subjects as diverse as art, law, and religion. Trevanian's first novel, The Eiger Sanction (1972), details the life of his antihero, Jonathan Hemlock, an art historian and part-time assassin whose suave style recalls James Bond. Both Hemlock and The Eiger Sanction met with immediate popularity; however, Trevanian's sequel, The Loo Sanction (1973), was less enthusiastically received. In his subsequent novels, The Main (1976) and Shibumi (1979), Trevanian adds a philosophical element to his lively plots.

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vol. 108.)