This novel may come as a surprise if you mostly know of James Bond from the movie series. First published in 1964 — the same year that its author, Ian Fleming, died — “You Only Live Twice” adds elegiac gloom to the spy-thriller formula.

After archvillain Blofeld murdered Bond’s wife, 007 becomes a broken man who bungles his assignments. On a last-chance mission to Tokyo he is offered access to Japanese intelligence in exchange for completing a covert mission. Bond must assassinate Dr. Shatterhand, a mysterious botanist who has created a poisonous “Garden of Death” in a castle on the Fukuoka coast. The deadly garden attracts macabre tourists aiming to kill themselves, which doesn’t stop Bond attempting to infiltrate it with pearl-diver bombshell Kissy Suzuki.

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