Dick Datchery

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[How] come an author can write one good mystery novel and then turn out [The Loo Sanction,] a disaster? Unless I was too charitable when I judged Trevanian's The Eiger Sanction , there was much to recommend it. This one should have been left at the nearest loo....

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[How] come an author can write one good mystery novel and then turn out [The Loo Sanction,] a disaster? Unless I was too charitable when I judged Trevanian's The Eiger Sanction, there was much to recommend it. This one should have been left at the nearest loo. And a loo, in case you don't know, is an English term for w.c. Which reminds me: If Mr. Trevanian intends to locate any more stories in London, he should do more careful research on English life or get himself an English editor.

Dick Datchery, in a review of "The Loo Sanction," in The Critic (© The Critic 1974; reprinted with the permission of the Thomas More Association, Chicago, Illinois), Vol. 32, No. 5, May-June, 1974, p. 77.

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