TREVANIAN, author of The Eiger Sanction, Shibumi and The Summer of Katya was a masterful writer and an enigma. Even when he was alive, no one knew who he was, because Trevanian was merely a pseudonym. Rodney Whitaker was his real name, and he published both fiction and nonfiction under multiple pen names. He did not reveal his real name of the mega seller novels he had written until 1979 in an interview with the New York Times.
His best work was and is Shibumi the main character is Nicholai Hel, born of Russian and German parents but raised in Japan during World War II by a Japanese General and his aristocratic mother. Thru a series of events that leads him to become a man of overwhelming clam and unstated grace and knowing and the world highest paid assassin.
The book is filled with wit and a cynicism that Trevanian handles smoothly and with fine prose that some readers find uncomfortable, Hel finds himself pitted against the Mother Company, a faceless conglomerate of OPEC intelligence, MI-5, CIA, NSA all tied to Fat Boy a computer that tracks every living person that any government has any data on.
Hel is retired and now wants to live his days in peace with his Japanese garden, caving expeditions, concubine and Basque friends that provide him protection in the mountains of his adopted country. He is pulled into a international plot of anti- terrorist revenge by the daughter of a former friend.
I love this book, I read it the first time in college and have reread it several times, the joy is in the telling of the story.
Hollywood or more precisely Warner Bro is now turning this book into a movie, with Keanu Reeves in the title role. Now it could be done and done well, The Eiger Sanction with Clint Eastwood in the role of Hemlock was quite good. But Reeves?
Please kill me now……