RARA-AVIS: Protocol for a Kidnapping

From: Bill Crider ( bcrider@houston.rr.com)
Date: 10 Feb 2005

Protocol for a Kidnapping is the one where Philip St. Ives is the go-between in the kidnapping of an American ambassador in Belgrade. There are more double, triple, and quadruple crosses in this novel than in just about anything Ross Thomas wrote, which is saying a lot. Hardly anyone is what he
(or she) seems to be at first. There's a lot of Thomas' wry humor, along with some sex and violence, all presented with Thomas' usual savoir faire, but this is a dark, cynical book. By the end, St. Ives is pretty much filled with loathing for all concerned, not least of all himself. The political situation has changed, but don't let that stop you from reading this one.

Bill Crider

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