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Dirty Harry (Dirty Harry:The Movies #1)

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to The CITY of San Francisco I will enjoy Killing one person every day until You pay me $100,000. If you agree say so within 48 hours in personal column San Francisco Chronicle and I Will set up meeting. If I do not hear from YOU it will be My next pleasure to kill a Catholic priest OR a nigger.


A psycho killer thinks he has the City of San Francisco over a barrel. P
Mass Market Paperback, Movie tie-In cover;1st Paperback Edition, 136 pages
Published August 18th 1971
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Pramod Nair
Oct 18, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it liked it
I know what you’re thinking: 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I’ve kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do you, punk?

The character of San Francisco Police Department Homicide Division Inspector ’Dirty’ Harry Callahan, the cop with a warped sense of justice and a series of movies
Mar 08, 2015 Kemper rated it it was ok
“I know what you’re thinking. ‘Did he buy six old movie and TV show tie-in books at the used book store a few years back or only five?’ Well, to tell you the truth in this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being that you’ve got 44 unread novels laying around and since your shelves are groaning under the weight of all those unread books and would knock your head clean off if they collapsed, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question. ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”

No, I certainly don’t
Nov 28, 2011 TK421 rated it really liked it
I'm sure you've all seen the now iconic Ditry Harry movies, and, to be honest, Rock's novelization of the movie doesn't really add much. But, even with that said, this novelization evokes so many wonderful memories of my brothers and I watching the movies, and of Clint Eastwood's brilliant performance as Dirty Harry Callahan that you'd be remissed to miss out on a very fun reading experience. You wouldn't want to live with that, would you, punk?


Apr 15, 2008 Adam rated it really liked it
Phillip Rock's novelization of Dirty Harry does the two things well that any novelization must do well to be successful. One, it brings memories of the movie to life for people who've seen it without leaving out any glaring details or adding in anything too bizarre. Two, it works on its own terms, and almost makes you believe you're reading a wholly original work of fiction. Granted, that "wholly original" prose is still pretty pulpy and over-the-top, but I liked it.
Oct 17, 2015 Michel rated it liked it
Shelves: action-susp
One of the first non-private detectives, though this one isn't exactly a by-the-book guy…
Eastwood's "Make my day, punk" has made it into urban speak.
Mar 16, 2015 AndrewP rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
Novelization of the class Clint Eastward movie.
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Mar 24, 2013 David Mclaughlan rated it liked it
I read all the Dirty Harry books before I could go and see the movies.
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Probably the best film novelization ever.
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Phillip George Rock was born in Los Angeles on 30 July 1927. He grew up in Beverly Hills and England, returned to America in 1940, and served in the U.S. Navy towards the end of World War II.

His first on-screen credit was for Escape from Fort Bravo (1953), directed by John Sturges and starring William Holden and Eleanor Parker. Rock then concentrated on writing novels and, in 1967, published his
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