Re: RARA-AVIS: Ralph Dennis and the 70s

From: James Reasoner (
Date: 21 Jan 2003

> Also, I have to notice that his hardback novel MacTAGGART'S WAR (1979) was
> not (to my knowledge) reprinted in paperback. It was a very ambitious
> and was of a type to be of interest to movie makers at the time but it
> hit and the failure to get a paperback sale had to have hurt him. I very
> much liked the novel, which was a historical caper story that concerned
> gold bullion shipped from England to Canada in June 1940. It had its
> as Dennis overreached his abilities but it was superior to similar novels
> the period.

Fawcett/Popular Library did a paperback of this book in 1980. I may even own a copy of it, though I can't guarantee that at the moment. I'll have to check. I know I have all the Hardman books, though I've never read any but the first one. I read that back when it was new and didn't care for it, but that may have been because it was packaged to look like an Executioner-type series and definitely wasn't. From what I've read on here, I need to revisit that series and should also check out MacTAGGART'S WAR. Sounds like a good book.

By the way, there's also a British PB, from Coronet, published in 1981.

Best, James

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