The creator of the phenomonenially successful Executioner series strikes again with another string of real he-man adventures, full of sex and violence and macho swagger, this one featuring hard-as-nails ex-cop (what else?) turned LA private detective JOE COPP. Like his creator's previous series, Copp is a might-is-right, shoot-first, ask-questions-later kinda guy. And Pendleton gives him plenty to shoot at.
You can trace the pulp roots of this kinda stuff, detouring around all that mamby-pamby Hammett-Chandler-Macdonald stuff, right back through Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer to Carroll John Daly's Race Williams and Three Gun Terry.
Don Pendleton was one prolific dude, if nothing else. A Navy vet who served in WWII and Korea, he wrote mystery, action/adventure, science-fiction, crime fiction, and suspense novels, as well as short stories and non-fiction. he also wrote comics, poetry, screenplays and poetry. But he'll always be remember for creating the Mack Bolan: The Executioner series, which became the definitive Men's Action/Adventure series. But somehow, he also found time in there to create psychic private eye Ashton Ford, and Stewart Mann, who actually was a bit of a dry run for Bolan.
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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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