Another one of my old favorites that's a good and comforting read. Modesty is ace, better than Bond.25 February 2012O'Donnell has all the prejudices you'd expect of an old white guy. Africa is a mysterious and unchanging continent, except for the bit where politics are all smushed together and full of the imperial commie threat. Good people are often a little bit British and bad people are often a little bit swarthy, although this is not without exceptions. But what I will always love about his greatest character, Modesty Blaise, is her independence, the sex positivity, her combination of goodness and ruthless practicality, her splendid intelligence and competence, and her warmth. She is a great hero, an engaging adventurer and funny.