The Wrecking Crew by Donald Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Matt Helm is assigned to work undercover as a photographer with an attractive journalist in Sweden in order to locate and assassinate a man called Caselius. The first two thirds of the book mostly sets the stage for the final third, which really kicks into high gear with plenty of action, clever twists, and double crosses. Hamilton’s writing is superb, chock full of clever observations and a dazzlingly intricate plot. I would have liked a little less of Helm and the journalist endlessly taking photos and trading barbs in the middle third, which I found only mildly amusing, but not enough to detract from the terrific novel as a whole.