I've been reading this series steadily, although I haven't reviewed every volume. This remains, to my mind, the great men's adventure series, the only one you really need to read (aside from maybe a few volumes of Pendleton's "Executioner" series, just to get a sense of the genre in your head).
In installment #7 Wulf is in Peru, having been sent there by evil Mafia Emperor Calabrese because Calabrese wanted to existentially challenge himself. (See what I mean? Only in Malzberg's world would Mafia dons be suffering from existential angst.) There's a Nazi down in Peru, though, who knows who Wulf is and has an out for him, as long as Wulf does what he wants.
The plot is sturdy and workable, although not fantastic. (None of these books have really fantastic plots, although I attribute that more to the genre Malzberg was working in than anything. There is an inherent formulaic problem to this series -- we know there's more books, so we know Wulf won't die here, for instance -- that Malzberg plays with at stages but never fully overcomes.) PERU also suffers from Malzberg's typical problems with writing action scenes -- the climax would've been more exciting if I'd better understood where everybody was in relationship to everyone else.
But you read this series for the prose and thought, and Malzberg delivers fully here. The theme of the book is generally "despair", as all of the characters wrestle with the notion that maybe nothing they do matters at all. The tone of the book is somber, more than a little bitter, and certainly filled with a kind of exhaustion, reminding me, of all things, of Robert Stone's excellent DOG SOLDIERS. Particular highlight is Wulf's thoughts about his dead girlfriend (we see more of their relationship here than we ever have before), paralled with Calabrese's spoken monolog to his whore, showing that the men are quite similar in outlook.
Remarkable stuff, truly. My highest recommendation, the weaknesses here are mostly the weaknesses of the genre, not Malzberg. Justifies Prologue's existence by itself.
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Lone Wolf #7: Peruvian Nightmare (Prologue Crime) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B007SPFS84
- Publisher : Prologue Books (1 April 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 310 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 124 pages
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