Spooks dish dirt to pulp-fiction novelist

For the past half-century, French novelist Gérard de Villiers has been churning out pulp espionage novels, but not all of his fanciful plot twists are entirely fictional. Real-life spies and diplomats are fans of De Villiers' work and often give him detailed information about their operations. That means some of his nearly 200 books have proven strangely prophetic: One recent work anticipated the Benghazi attack, while another predicted the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

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