Re: RARA-AVIS: Hitmen wanted...
Thu, 22 Oct 1998 17:29:00 EDT >I'd like to mention the best of all American spy series, Donald >Hamilton's
Matt Helm. In the fourth book in the series, *The >Removers*, Helm and his
colleagues are told by their chief >that "If you worked for organized crime,
you'd probably be
>called hit men. In our organization . . . well . . . removers >might fit as
well as anything."

and as readers of this series know... this organization had no official name.
Helm's boss was known only by his code name of Mac, although Helm did find out
Mac's true identity in one of the later books. and those in Helm's
organization refered to their hits as "touches".

what I found most interesting in this series is that sometimes these touches
included members of other U.S. Government agencies.

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