Somebody loaned me Angel of Death by Jack Higgins, pretty much of a potboiler.
What seemed very unusual to me is that he introduced both former President Clinton and former PM Major as characters. Both had a lots of dialog, and while it was probably quite possible some of that took place, much was purely made up to fit the plot.
It’s not unusual to have major historical characters’ dialog as part of historical fiction, but living ones? The usual disclaimer of “this is a work of fiction and…etc, etc” was at the beginning of the book, so how could he get away with this without getting in trouble with the politicians?
They were treated with respect, so perhaps he somehow got permission, but as it entailed some pretty violent cloak-and-dagger stuff, it seems unlikely those two would approve of it.
Any other works where this has been done? It was a surprise to me.