Trevanian was the pseudonym of Dr Rodney William Whitaker who worked in the communications sector having obtained a string of academic qualifications. He wrote under various names and was a published playwright as well as writer. In a lot of his fiction there is a subtle, or sometimes less hidden, message about the ‘masses’ and those who watch over them. Beware the subtexts!
The story concerns retired assassin Nicolai Hel who is reluctantly drawn into a war between terrorists and the US government. During the story we discover his background and motivations as well as the love of caving. The story reaches a bloody climax but not before we have been treated to some specialised assassination techniques and a few sexual tricks too.
Excellent story and definitely should be a film! A good one with a decent director that is.