In The Absence Of Mrs Petersen
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When Jim Petersen witnesses the plane crash that kills his wife, he is thrown into a deep despair and runs of to Paris to get away from her memory. There, he meets Katerina, a woman that bears a striking resemblance to Sarah. When he mentions the similarity, Katerina asks him to take her to Yugoslavia, pretending that she is his wife, in order to recover a family fortune hidden there. With nothing else to do, he agrees, and they set off. But Katerina is keeping secrets and Jim could be the victim of her schemes.
Really funny in places and a definate sense of humour throughout. There is no way this story would work in the modern age, with all the security and ID we have to have now, but it does work in its own timeframe. It is obvious from the start that Jim is a bit of a dupe, but I love the way that it ends and how he gets himself out of it all. I would really recommend giving this a go.
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It's first line is...
"There was an article in a magazine the other day, pointing out the remarkable saety of present-day air travel."
Hope you enjoy it.
Thank you for sending it, dark-draco, I look forward to reading it.
And by the sound of your review, it even takes place in this region.
What a coincidence that I should pick precisely that one! :)
Note to self: reserved for Tanamo
What drew me out at first were slightly unconvincing characters, or rather, an unconvincing dynamic between the Petersens'. Once Mrs. Petersen was out of the picture things took a turn for the better. ;) What also didn't help was a Yugoslav name being spelled as Katherina, with an H. Highly improbable for that era. Would be quite unusual even today, so it nibbled away at the suspension of disbelief each time it popped up. And it popped up frequently. ;)
Was interesting to read about Yugoslavia from a foreigner's point of view.
All in all, it was a fun spy-like adventure plot very reminiscent of the old days, and very well written. Glad I gave it a go.
Now travelling to Tanamo in the UK. Hope you enjoy it, too!
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