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Too Bad to Die

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Too Bad to Die by Francine Mathews
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Mar 15, 2016 | ISBN 9781101983362

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“Fast, fun and wonderfully intelligent… this novel [is] wholly worthy of its ingenious subject.”
The New York Times Book Review

“The writing is urbane with a touch of humor, and the plot is absolutely brilliant… The portrayal of the master mystery writer and his alter-ego is superb. If Ian Fleming hadn’t invented James Bond, Francine Mathews would have.”
Denver Post

“Writing with elegance and grit, Mathews keeps the reader in a state of suspense… Fleming’s brains and intrepidity, his inner conflicts as well as his suave recklessness, make him a character as intriguing as one in his own books.”
Historical Novels Review

“Absolutely marvelous! This novel masterfully weaves fact and fiction into a high-pitched thriller that keeps us spellbound from the very first pages. Great plotting, exotic locales  and  historical characters who positively come alive on the page, with some delightful sly winks along the way.”
—Jeffery Deaver

“In this complex, remarkable and suspenseful novel, Francine Mathews combines the genius of Ian Fleming with the drama of World War II and concocts a stunning tale of intrigue and deceit.”
—Jed Rubenfeld

“Literate and sophisticated…Mathews makes the historical figures come to life.”
Publishers Weekly

“A rousing adventure—not a pastiche of a Bond novel with Fleming substituted for 007, but rather a well-plotted military thriller with a story that feels like it could have happened. Mathews’ portrayal of Fleming feels dead-on accurate, and she has some fun showing us the (supposed) real-world origins of some of Bond’s fictional attributes. Another excellent blending of fact and fiction from the author of Jack 1939.”

“[Ian] Fleming is a complex character with an active imagination and a store of hidden courage. Replete with recognizable characters from history, this look at a crucial period of World War II will satisfy history buffs and mystery lovers alike.”
Library Journal

Praise for Jack 1939

“The pace is so propulsive that you’ll read every word…Mathews’s ability to weave fact into her tale is nothing short of remarkable…there are precious few entertainments this captivating.”
The Washington Post

“One of the most deliciously high-concept thrillers imaginable.”
The New Yorker

“A brisk thriller that defies the odds…It’s no small feat to take a historic figure who looms as large in real life as John F. Kennedy, place him in an improbable fantasy, and not strain credulity. But in this case, Mathews has accomplished her mission.”
USA Today

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