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Book Note: Peter O'Donnell, The Impossible Virgin

I read this book about 7-Sep-2004. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1971. This note was last modified Tuesday, 06-May-2014 13:41:56 PDT.

This is book 5 of the "Modesty Blaise" series.

This note contains spoilers for the book.


Yes, this really does include spoilers. If you've already read this note, and not the book, and are wondering where the spoilers were, it's too late. You've already done irreparable damage. I warned you above!

Probably my favorite of the books.

As an early sub-caper it has one of the most beautiful bits I've ever read anywhere—when they steal documents in a 12-hour safe built into the heavy stone wall of a highly-secure mansion (with alarms and all) occupied by alert and suspicious people armed with guns. To get something original and unique for Sir Gerald's birthday present.

This one also has the first appearance of Dr. Giles Pennyfeather, an unusual and engaging character. Brunel's trap that captures them is clever and subtle. It has Modesty and (especially) Willie's closest scrape ever. Modesty performs her first apendectomy. Willie finally gets to try out the quarterstaff in serious combat. I mean, what's not to like?

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