Today I was going to post a review on the latest book I've read, which is Elmore Leonard's "Raylan." Those of you who follow the excellent FX Network series "Justified" know who Raylan is, and those of you who don't, need to do so.
But that's not why I called you here today. Wednesday afternoon on my lunch break, I was browsing through the Barnes & Noble on 3rd Avenue in Manhattan, when a gentleman approached me and introduced himself as Allan Topol. He then showed me a paperback edition of his latest novel, entitled, "The China Gambit." Mr. Topol then gave me a little taste of what the book entails, and said if I had any interest in purchasing it that day, he would be happy to autograph it for me.
I had exactly $3.47 on me that day, and had left my plastic at home to avoid temptation. I was not familiar with Mr. Topol or his works. But he described a mystery/espionage/intrigue tale that now has me hooked, and I told him so. He seems like such an excellent gentleman, too.
I then continued my browsing, and Mr. Topol continued on to his next prospective buyer. I went upstairs and found another copy of his book, and for the next several minutes, yes, I did read through the first few chapters.
Allan Topol's website is http://www.allantopol.com/. I encourage you to visit it to get more information on his titles, and then to go to your nearest brick and mortar bookstore and buy The China Gambit.
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