Stalin Versus Me
At long last -- the ninth and final volume of the Bandy Papers, Stalin Versus Me, in which quintessential Canadian hero* Bartholomew Wolfe Bandy has one final fling with death, despair, and destruction, in the final year of the Second World War.
Of most crucial concern to our hero, as 1944 draws to a close and 1945 sees the last grim push of the war beginning -- boozing pal Philby of the SIS couldn't possibly have any reason to get Bandy sent to the Yalta Conference except as a translator, right? And Stalin can't really be out to get Bandy, just because he happens to know that a certain Soviet leader was once a Tsarist agent provocateur. After all, we all know Uncle Joe isn't the type to hold a grudge.
Will Bandy survive? Will he get the, er, mature, middle-aged lady (unaccountably still in love with her lazy, loveable, long-lost husband)? Will a plane be purloined? Will his last few hairs hold out?**
* Or possibly, menace to peace, order, and good government.
** The answer to one or more of these questions might be yes. On the other hand, it might be no. We decline to commit ourselves at this point. Hey, it works for J.K. Rowling.