About a month ago, I read an article in the New York Times Magazine about fabulously successful Gerard de Villers who writes a series of spy novels (you can find it here). I remembered that in the 1970s and early 1980s, Pinnacle Books published English translations of some of de Villers’ books but then dropped the series. I dug around in my basement and found Checkpoint Charlie, Number Nine in the series (de Villiers’ spy series is now over 200 novels). Malko is a contract agent with the CIA. His assignment in Checkpoint Charlie is to get a Nobel Prize winning scientist past the East German guards into free West Berlin. The Berlin Wall, with all its minefields and obstacles, presents a bit of a challenge, but Malko is up for the job. The New York Times Magazine article stresses that de Villiers does intense research before he writes a book. It’s obvious in Checkpoint Charlie, especially East German border procedures. I’ll be looking for more of these Malko adventures.