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Thursday, August 29, 2013

ACTION JUNKIE CORNER: THE JOHN CROWN OMBIBUS!

ACTION JUNKIE CORNER: THE JOHN CROWN OMBIBUS!

TERRY HARKNETT

BACK IN 2010, I WROTE A FORGOTTEN BOOKS POST FEATURING TERRY HARKNETT’S JOHN CROWN SERIES ...

With the eminent e-book reprise of his seminal western series Edge, written under the pseudonym George Gilmore, prolific author Terry Harknett is enjoying being in the spotlight once again.

The leader of the posse known as The Piccadilly Cowboys – a group of British writers of fast and violent westerns during the ‘70s – Harknett was the fastest typewriter of them all – fanning out book after book in not only his most popular series, the ultra-violent Edge, but also the Adam Steele series and many of the early Jubal Cain titles. My favorite Harknett western series, however, is the six books he wrote in the lesser know Undertaker series.

Aside from his westerns, however, this current revival of interest in Harknett’s work made me go digging for another, more contemporary series, written under his own name.


The three books in the Crown series are kick-ass examples of straight forward action writing. There is not a wasted word, or emotion, this is pulp-style writing as it was meant to be – fast, furious, and most of all, entertaining.

NOW PICCADILLY PUBLISHING HAS GIVEN US ALL THREE BOOKS IN A NEW E-OMNIBUS ... 

A SUPER-VALUE THREE-BOOKS-IN-ONE OMNIBUS EDITION FROM THE AUTHOR OF EDGE: THE LONER!!

THE SWEET AND SOUR KILL

 
Hong Kong: Where East meets West in a boom of skyscrapers and shanty towns, of luxury hotels and sleazy waterfront bars. Where anything can be had for a price, from a pretty girl to a shipment of raw heroin.
 
When an American mob backed with Mafia money muscles in on the colony’s lucrative rackets, offering their own special brand of ‘protection’, they trespass on Crown’s patch.
 
Big mistake.
 
Chief Superintendent John Crown isn’t your usual policeman. Tough, bitter and ruthless, he believes that bullets speak louder than words. And he has a special dislike of trespassers.
 
MACAO MAYHEM
 
Hong Kong – the international brokerage house for the exchange of secrets. Somebody was buying some big ones and selling them at a big profit. Then a girl nobody seemed to care about got killed. Somebody did care. Senior Superintendent John Crown of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force. And when he took a hand, Chang Po, his Chinese partner, joined the action.
 
Macao – not part of Crown’s Colony. But the blood and violent trail led there, so that’s where Crown and Chang went. In the tracks of a girl who knew too much. Enough to make her another victim … unless she traded her secrets for protection instead of money.
 
BAMBOO SHOOT-OUT
 
The Chinese People’s Republic – Getting into this forbidden land isn’t easy, unless you’re invited. Chief Superintendent John Crown of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force had no invitation. Just the help of his partner, Chang Po, and an agent of British Intelligence.

The Assignment – Reach into the city of Canyon by any means available and at whatever cost, to meet a man. Why? Only Crown knew that, and he wasn’t talking.

Red China – Never was the name more apt that when Crown and Chang penetrated the Bamboo Curtain. For the good earth was stained crimson with the blood of all who stood in their way. At any cost they had said, and the price was high.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
The son of a truck driver, Terry Harknett was born in Essex in 1936. He left school at fifteen and worked as a copy boy in a Fleet Street newsagency, later becoming a features writer for an international syndicate. Then for a short time he joined the exploitation department of a film company, leaving to work for a newsagency trade journal where, he became the Features Editor. Having written short stories and books in his spare time since the age of fifteen, he eventually turned to writing full-time. His first book was published in 1962 and well over 200 have since followed. Today he is best known as ‘George G. Gilman’, creator of the phenomenally successful western series EDGE, ADAM STEELE and UNDERTAKER. In addition to his CHESTER FORTUNE series, Terry also created the APACHE series (writing under the name William M. James) and JUBAL CADE, as Charles R. Pike. His movie adaptations include RED SUN and A TOWN CALLED BASTARD (under the name William Terry) and A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (under the name Frank Chandler). 
 

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