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December 21, 2007


Clea Simon

I was thinking about "The Mission Song," one of Deaver's choices. I, too, read it and enjoyed it, but found it static. Maybe it has to be - much of the book takes place with the protagonist (a translator) sitting in a basement translating a conference. But that did make it somewhat less satisfying than, say, LeCarre's "Constant Gardener." But yesterday's headline in the NYT about war in eastern Sudan did reveal the book's timeliness. An interesting choice.

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