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Backgroud to "The Contractor"

April 5, 2013
Posted at 9:32 am

When I first read Ian Fleming's James Bond books fifty years ago, I was struck by how different his hero was. In today's terms, he was a misogynistic sociopath, chain smoking French cigarettes and killing off whomever his "handlers" thought appropriate.
Rik Vermeulen (Rick Miller)is the new age version of that man, using women without a thought other than to satisfy his lusts. He has no domestic dreams of picket fences and little kids running around. Sally and the deceased Elizabeth are the closest he's ever come to having a legitimate relationship and Sally has left him twice ... perhaps three times. Is he destined to live out the rest of his life avenging real and imagined wrongs? Could he ever really retire? Will those who he has harmed or interfered with come looking for revenge? That's yet to be determined.