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Sharky's Machine

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Italy, 1944: A squad of American soldiers on a dangerous secret mission is ambushed and slaughtered . . . and a fortune in gold vanishes.
Hong Kong, 1959: An aging American colonel, haunted by his wartime past, is brutally murdered in a luxurious brothel.
Atlanta, 1975: The last survivor of the fatal World War II ambush in Italy is executed at point blank range in a parking
Paperback, 381 pages
Published 1979 by Sphere Books (first published 1974)
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Joe  Noir
Jul 20, 2014 Joe Noir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is a thumping good read.

You are probably familiar with the film version of this novel, first published in 1978. This past weekend, I ran across this book at a library book sale in Newport News, and just read it for the first time. It’s an exciting edge of the seat experience that moves along at just the right speed; a novel that stayed on my mind when I wasn’t reading it, even though I had seen the film version. It involves a likable cast of police detectives in a sort of combination
Nov 02, 2013 Trisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
Senator Donald Hotchins is een man vol ambities. Hij staat op het punt door te stoten tot de hoogste functie ter wereld. Hotchins stelt zich kandidaat voor het presidentschap van de Verenigde Staten. Hij kan niet vermoeden, dat de vrouw die hij liefheeft en deman van wiens geld hij afhankelijk is geheimen verborgen houden, die he in één klap voor altijd kunnen breken.

Domino Brittian, Hotchins' beeldschone maitresse, heeft een clandestiene nevenfunctie als hoogst exclusieve callgirl, wier klanten
Sep 04, 2012 Kyle rated it liked it
If you are a fan of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry, then you'll likely be at home with Sharky's Machine that focuses on a detective named Sharky who is quick to forgo police procedures and pump some well-deserved lead into criminals.

The story is set in 1975 Atlanta, with short sections set in 1944 Italy and 1959 Hong Kong that eventually tie into the main story. This was Diehl's first novel written in 1978, and there are a few surveillance technologies that are outdated, but they weren't a huge d
Dava Stewart
Aug 03, 2012 Dava Stewart rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like detective stories
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Oct 19, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book because I get obsessed with the Burt Reynolds movie from time to time. I actually like the book a little better; some of the stuff they omitted in the movie worked for me. Sure, one of the characters is a "sadistic homosexual", but his gratuitous love scene was something else... You can't really fault a police procedural peppered with World War II plotlines, coked-up assassins AND NINJAS!!!!!
Terryann Saint
Huh. Basically masturbation, drugs and violence...not always in that order and often together. Well written for it's time, and I can see the appeal. The copy I got used had a different cover, and when opened, a topless woman. Guess I oughta catch the film now.
Dr Michael John Clemons
Great read!

I read this book in paperback about 30 years ago & loved it then. It remains a cracking read, unspoiled by one or two typos!
Robert Grant
Dec 01, 2015 Robert Grant rated it really liked it
Excellent thriller and it still holds up well from a novel from the 1970s. Gritty and tense. Loved it. This was turned into film in 1980 and I think it was pretty good too.
Mar 30, 2010 Chuck rated it it was amazing
A complex story beginning in Italy during WWII of greed and
power brokering that climaxes in Atlanta on police detective
Sharky's turf.
Apr 26, 2014 stan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic book one of the best ever. A real American cop novel no question to who the hero's and villains are absolutely wonderful no hesitation 5 Stars
Dec 07, 2009 Fangirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and I loved the movie.
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William Diehl was an American novelist and photojournalist.

Diehl was fifty years old and already a successful photographer and journalist when he decided to begin a writing career. His first novel, Sharky's Machine, which became a movie by the same name was directed by and starred Burt Reynolds. Diehl saw the movie shot on location in and around his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

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