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The Last Picture Show (Mass Market)
Larry McMurtry
Dracula
Bram Stoker, Ruben Toledo
Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius
Ray Monk
The Portrait of a Lady
Henry James, Patricia Crick
Maigret et le marchand de vin
Georges Simenon
Le Rouge et le Noir
Stendhal
The Honourable Schoolboy - John le Carré I thought I had read this once before but I didn't remember anything except the name of the pilot "Tiny Ricardo".

Le Carre has two sides, the guy who wrote "Tinker, Tailor,..." and a hack best-seller writer. This has to be classed in the hack department. There's plenty of the standard devices of characterisation, suspense, and throw away sex and violence.

Whereas the complexity of TTSS was taut and is integral to the novel the complexity in this one feels contrived. The ending was also excessively drawn out I thought, and Westerby's motivations seemed quite insufficient for his actions.