CARTE BLANCHE is a new James Bond novel from Jeffery Deaver. Arguably better known for his police procedurals featuring Lincoln Rhyme, Deaver has written convincing espionage fiction (particularly GARDEN OF BEASTS), so he's no stranger to the genre. To take on James Bond, an icon whose name defines espionage, would be a challenge for anyone, but Deaver embraces the character as a well-known friend. The result is one of the best books of the year thus far.
Deaver demonstrates he is Fleming's heir --- in the event he should wish to ascend the throne.