Have you seen this spy?
February 16, 2015 11:21 AM   Subscribe

Do you have information regarding a (fictional) secret agent for a Commonwealth country?

When I was 7 or 8 I was very much into James Bond and the like. I pilfered my dad's copy of "No Deals, Mr. Bond" and discovered that spy fiction was way better than spy movie. Ravenous, I went to my local public library book sale and asked for "good spy books." What the librarian directed me to was NOT a good spy book, but it has a curious hold on me nearly thirty years on.

The short novel was about a Commonwealth-country operations officer, about as secret as James Bond, who was on a shockingly racist mission in an ersatz Zimbabwe or South Africa. If it was 100 pages long I'd be shocked. It read like part of a series. It was illustrated (unforgivable to a kid who was reading grown-up books). At one point the hero drives or is driven in a Land-Rover, and near the end he shoots an African would-be assassin and remarks "Those rubber bullets kick like a mule" or something to that effect. I want to say the novel was written in the 70s, but I'm not sure. It seemed too violent for YA and too dumbed-down for adult readers.

Do you have any recollection of this series or novel?
posted by infinitewindow to Media & Arts (1 answer total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Longer than 100 pages but this puts me in mind of Tom Sharpe's two 'Piemberg, South Africa' novels. The racism is intended to be satirical.
posted by biffa at 12:43 PM on February 16, 2015

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