For Special Services - question
Hi everyone ! I have a question about the novel For Special Services by John Gardner (1982). I posted a comment yesterday but it disappeared due to mishandling.
First of all, I know the concept of contaminated ice cream is weird/crazy, but as long as it serves the plot, I have no problem with it.
Just a quick reminder for those who don't remember. SPECTRE wants to capitalize on the current lead of the US in the race for space military armament. The project consists in infiltrating NORAD to steal the files containing all the details about the US satellite network. The ice cream made by Bismaquer contains a neuroleptic supposed to brainwash everyone who ingests it, and given there are people working at NORAD who don't like ice cream, they'll be killed.
But isn't it hard to believe the US government will never learn about what happened ? Even if SPECTRE manages to make the bodies disappear, some people will probably report dozens of their colleagues are missing. Then we can guess the FBI will investigate and eventually understand the network could have been hacked, possibly leading the President to suspend the program and its development, which goes against SPECTRE's expectations. Furthermore, we don't know whether the files are supposed to be stolen or simply copied on site. The way it is written let us think it will be stolen, so it's unlikely that nobody will ever notice the theft, leading to similar consequences...
Perhaps I did misunderstand the plot and perhaps the inconsistencies I previously exposed are not valid. If so, can you help me to clarify it guys ? Thanks.