Sunday, October 01, 2006

Plunder of the Sun

I post this because Plunder of the Sun by David Dodge is a fine, exciting novel, but also as a reminder to myself not to get persnickety about categories. It's not a detective story (or, at least, its protagonist is not a detective), but it is a crime story and a heck of an adventure story. It's the tale of two men and their quest for Inca treasure in the mountains of Peru, so its location qualifies it for this site. It integrates Inca history into the storyline with ease and grace, so you'll learn something and have fun doing so.

Hitchcock turned Dodge's novel To Catch a Thief into the movie of the name. He should have filmed this, too, or if not Hitchcock, maybe Kurosawa.

© Peter Rozovsky 2006

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4 Comments:

Blogger AaronX9 said...

Tell you what: I'd buy that just for the cover. The title harkens back to a simpler time too, doesn't it?

I'm going to have a look. I'll post my impressions later.

October 01, 2006  
Blogger Peter said...

Yes, the covers are a big part of the appeal, and the catalogue definitely tries to capture the flavor of the '40s and '50s.

October 02, 2006  
Blogger Graham said...

There actually was a movie of this novel, starring Glenn Ford. I haven't seen it, but Bill Crider posted about it on his blog, so you might want to check it out.

October 03, 2006  
Blogger Peter said...

Thanks for the heads-up. I'll certainly take a look. The novel is eminently filmable.

October 03, 2006  

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