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The Spy Who Hated Licorice    by Richard L. Hershatter order for
Spy Who Hated Licorice
by Richard L. Hershatter
Order:  USA  Can
Mystery Writers of America, 2001 (1966)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Though Richard L. Hershatter wrote his witty Spy Who Hated ... series in the 60s, they're still entertaining today. The Spy Who Hated Licorice opens: 'Three weeks before graduation from law school, Rand Stannard "volunteered" to become an intelligence agent.'

Rand is unusual for a law student - he did a stint in Military Intelligence, has a private pilot's license, is proficient in martial arts and small arms firing. He's also a bit of a Don Juan - all the right credentials for a spy, in fact. Needing the cash and concerned for an old friend, Rand enlists in the Defense Intelligence Agency. His assignment? To take down midget arch-villain Vladimir Riktor, who runs the mercenary Licensed Organization for International Crime and Espionage (aka Licorice) and is about to unleash a nuclear holocaust on the United States.

Rand, now Secret Agent Six-X heads to Denver to gather information for DIA; 'no action and no fireworks' are expected. But the action heats up immediately. On what he believes is a wild goose chase, Rand heads straight into the clutches of the bad guys. He survives situations that would have challenged Bond, including a seven foot six inches tall ex-Nazi, and a nude Great Escape with lovely Taiwanian agent Lin, who's also a talented belly dancer.

This fast-paced romp of a spy story introduced an unlikely (but surprisingly competent) student hero. If you missed the hilarious Spy Who Hated Licorice in the 60s, you really should read it now.

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