A column about history, culture, policy, and things in between.
Frederick Forsyth is a master of the international crime and espionage genre. The English novelist burst upon the scene in 1971 with his iconic and defining work, The Day of the Jackal, and followed it up with best-selling blockbusters like The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, Icon, the The Fist of God, and several others. All of these works are fictionalized dramatizations of very real global issues or events. As tremendous as his novels are, in my view, his finest work is found in his shorter stories and novelettes, with tales like The Emperor and Whispering Wind remaining on my perpetual "re-read" list.