I've read at least one book in the Satan Sleuth series and
remember it as being typical Avallone. Which means I enjoyed
it but found it pretty goofy.
Someone mentioned the Butcher series. Avallone wrote the last
nine of these, #27-35. What I find interesting about the
series is that the others were written by Lee Floren, who is
best known as a Western writer. I think the Butcher may be
Floren's only men's adventure credit. (I own a few of the
ones by Floren but haven't read them.)
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> This talk of "men's adventure" series' prompts me to
ask if anyone has
> read any of this series by Mike Avallone, author of "alternative
> classics" (phrase borrowed from Pronzini's "Gun in Cheek"). I ask
> because I have vol's 1 & 2 in the series (unread). The main character
> busts evil Satanist & occultist cults, who are obviously a serious
> menace to us in the West, apparently up there with Communists & the
> Mafia. Then again, as there are possibly only the 2 or so entries in
> the series, maybe they weren't really that big a problem after all.
> Another point of interest is that the publisher issued at least 2
> Avallone books - from what I gather this is a good run for Avallone.
> (All of his I've read so far is "The Brutal Kook" & that certainly
> qualifies as "alternative" - fun though. Marx Bros do PI. I still don't
> know how much of Avallone's humour is intentional as opinion seems to be
> divided on that score & it's hard to work out from evidence available to
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