Dave, the OPERATION books were a travesty upon the Drake character and
Marlowe's fans...though I suppose some liked them (though I've never met or
heard from one). His Johnny Killian series was somewhat better...but, for
me, his strength is in his standalone novels.
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> Ron, I agree about Never Live Twice, Vengeance Man, and Strong Arm.
> I'll have to look for Backfire. About Endless Hour--I've heard other
> people rave about it, and maybe I'll have to reread that one, but
> wasn't too fond about it the first time I read it. Years ago I thought
> I hit paydirt finding a stack of Marlowe's Operation books at a used
> bookstore, and was disappointed in the lot of them, partly because
> they lacked the fierceness of Death, and partly because of the
> softcore porn stuff he threw into them.
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> > > Name of the Game is Death might
> > > be my three favorite crime fiction books.
> > Slight drift: couldn't agree more with the Dan Marlowe
> reference...been a
> > while since I tried ranking by genre, but NAME would probably be on
> my Top
> > Five List, certainly Top Ten. THE VENGENCE MAN, NEVER LIVE TWICE,
> > ONE ENDLESS HOUR and STRONGARM are also terrific reads. FOUR FOR
> THE MONEY
> > is also quite good.
> > Ron C.
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