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The Wrecking Crew (Matt Helm #2)

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Name: Matthew Helm
Code Name: Eric
Mission: #2 - The Wrecking Crew
Remarks: Helm has been sent halfway around the world to find & destroy the mythically elusive agent they called Caselius. His only lead to him is a woman, who might or might not be a double agent. Before Helm finally faces Caselius up in the bleak north woods of the Swedish ore country, two women will die,
Mass Market Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 12th 1977 by Fawcett (first published 1960)
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In this, the second book of the series, Helm's character is firmly set. He's in Sweden, so we get a fair amount of comparison between the two countries, what he thinks makes sense & what doesn't. More, he is working with another agency who think his job - find & kill the bad guy - makes him a monster. Several darkly ironic situations arise proving the need for men like Helm & why his service exists. They might not like or respect him, but when the bad guys don't play by their rules, ...more
Hamilton, Donald. THE WRECKING CREW. (1960). ****. This is the second in the Matt Helm series, and continues his adventures as an assassin for some unnamed group within the U.S. headed up by a man we only know as Mac. Helm has received an assignment to destroy the mythically elusive agent called Caselius. His only lead to him is through a woman, who might or might not be a double agent. She has engaged Helm under his cover as a photographer to do a feature story on the mining areas of northern S ...more
Skip Maloney
On a whim, I opted to record a TCM showing of the 1968 film, "The Wrecking Crew," starring Dean Martin as secret agent Matt Helm. I knew from experience that this wasn't likely to be a story-telling gem of any kind, having seen the other three that had been made. But not remembering "The Wrecking Crew" specifically, I half-wondered whether as the last one made, it might have been akin to some sort of crowning achievement.
Fat chance.
Same un-talented actor, mugging for the cameras, pretending to b
Another cold war thriller set back in the early 60's in Sweden. Helm, the hero, is a government assassin sent to kill off a spy who has proven too deadly for the other spies - a typical job for him. He doesn't mow people down in rows like a movie James Bond, but carefully takes out just those he needs to. It's not easy. He's tough & well trained, but so are his opponents. He has to be careful not to offend the local sensibilities too much. It is peacetime & he's a foreign operative in a ...more
Harv Griffin
May 09, 2014 Harv Griffin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of pulp fiction like Travis McGee
Shelves: own, reviewed
About 4 years before John D. MacDonald started his Travis McGee series, Donald Hamilton started his Matt Helm series. THE WRECKING CREW is really the first proper Matt Helm book. The earlier one, DEATH OF A CITIZEN, isn't worth bothering with, IMHO. [John D.'s McGee novels are notable for tangents where McGee will make acidic observations on society--a good argument can be made that John D. stole this riff from Hamilton's earlier Matt Helm novels and expanded on it.]

Matt Helm novels require a bi
I just finished reading The Wrecking Crew and enjoyed it. After a refresher course, Matt Helm is sent to Sweden to kill another agent.

What's fun about this novel is Helm's professional and detached attitude towards both his work and his enemy who he views as just another professional, fighting for his country.

His cool dispatching of his enemies towards the end is another example of both his detachment and pragmatism.

Terror on the high seas
joseph l poole

classic spy 007 style. Forget Dean Martin and the movies. A good read.
Part of a very good series. Read in publish date order.

Pretty standard espionage story form the early sixties. Nothing special but I have read worse from Fleming or LeCarre.
Jeff Crosby
Dec 09, 2013 Jeff Crosby marked it as to-read
Okay, it was one of those weekends where nothing held my interest for very long. Being the sensible person I am, I started five new novels.

I read one Matt Helm novel back in high school. It had no relationship to the Dean Martin movies, so I found something else to read. It is time to revisit this series of paperback originals before they all disappear.
Sep 08, 2013 Marvin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All action antihero lovers
Matt Helm...what more can be said. The tough American version of James Bond. Thrills, world chaos, beautiful women, exotic locations...what else is there?
Ah... The Matt Helm series. Another of those sets of books that got me into reading. Light reading, with witty humor that keeps you turning pages.
Jun 04, 2012 Tim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
It's surprising how misogynistic it was ok to be when this was written.
Book 2. My favorite spy series.
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Donald Hamilton was a U.S. writer of novels, short stories, and non-fiction about the outdoors. His novels consist mostly of paperback originals, principally spy fiction but also crime fiction and Westerns such as The Big Country. He is best known for his long-running Matt Helm series (1960-1993), which chronicles the adventures of an undercover counter-agent/assassin working for a secret American ...more
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