Stranger Than Fiction Dept.
This is one of those coincidences that you couldn’t possibly hope to pull off in a novel. But which happen in real life all the time.
It’s Nov. 1, 2012, and I’m finally reading Daniel Silva’s excellent thriller, “The English Assassin,” published in 2002. At one point in Chapter 23, Silva credits his fictional hero, Gabriel Allon, of killing Abu Jihad, the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s No. 2 man, way back in 1988.
I’m reading this passage about 15 hours after the real-life Mossad (Israeli intelligence) admitted to the world that it had staged the real 1988 assassination of the real Abu Jihad.
Try carrying that coincidence off in your novel, and you’ll look like a rank amateur.