This spy novel takes place in the here and now and is typical of the trust-no-one-and-everybody-is-out-to-get-me genre. Solomon Vine works for the British intelligence services and is subject to political and counter-intelligence machinations, leading to death, terrorist attacks and a lot of introspection.
With plenty of good characterisation of the principal characters, the novel engages enough (I read it in three days) but I am no fan of the genre and did not find a lot of it particularly original if the reader has already experienced masters of the genre such as John Le Carré. However lovers of spy fiction may well enjoy the modern aspect of the novel. The title bears no relation to the spaghetti western of the same name!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.