The James Bond archetype, by the time you’ve taken into account all the permutations, spoofs, reboots and cultural periods, is quite ridiculous. Not only does Charles Stross know this, he embraces the ridiculousness and makes it part of the story in The Jennifer Morgue. Add in some Lovecraftian Cthulhu mythos and geekery and you have a very entertaining novel that knows it’s target audience very well. You can tell that Stross had a great time writing this and I enjoyed reading it. The novel also has a short story with the same protagonist in it, but that’s really not worth writing home about.
People who would like it: Nerds, ideally with a knowledge of James Bond, computers and H.P. Lovecraft.