Books: Skuldruggery and High Technology

With exotic sex and heroes motivated by the heroin

This year's hardest currency may turn out to be the literature of dope, double-cross and revenge. The best of the current thrillers, many by little-known writers, reflect a move out from the cold war caper to a wider, well-plotted world of skuldruggery and high technology. The new books cover the map from Cozumel to Copenhagen, the Persian Gulf to the South China Sea. Their post-Bondian hardware ranges from a Guppy-class submarine to the world's biggest tanker, the Dragon M-47 antitank rocket to the...

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