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The Detonators (Matt Helm #22)

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Daddy's deadly little girl.
The prim young lady needs a favor: help her father beat a bum drug rap. After all, he is Matt Helm's old colleague at the agency.
Suddenly Dad's boat detonates outside Miami Harbor. And Matt Helm discovers that young Amy isn't as innocent as she looks.
Amy lures Matt to the Bahamas, where an unlikely pack of fanatics may be planning an explosive s
Mass Market Paperback, 345 pages
Published July 1985 by Fawcett
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Dec 31, 2008 Neal rated it it was ok
It's a little heartbreaking to read the later Matt Helm novels since there is a steady decline in quality as the series moved into the 80s. Part of the problem, I believe, is that Mr. Hamilton was struggling to fit his 1960s character (who was really a throw-back to the 1940s private eyes) into a modern spy genre and it didn't quite work. The other issue was that Mr. Hamilton was clearly pressured by the publishers into making the books longer than the earlier novels, in some cases almost twice ...more
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
Another great tale by Hamilton. Helm shocked me by his sentimentalism a couple of times, but it added to the story. Again we find him on a sail boat in the Caribbean which Hamilton does so well since he spent so much time doing exactly the same thing. His sarcastic comments about 'true sailors' always make me chuckle.

Helm underwent some rejuvenation. Other characters were in WWII, but his participation was not mentioned - not exactly denied, but it was made clear that he was somewhat younger tha
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Aug 13, 2014 Rugg Ruggedo rated it liked it
This is such familiar ground. I think I read my first Matt Helm more then forty years ago. I've read the series at least three times,which would make this read thru my fourth.
I try to mix thing up in my reading,so without realizing it,its been year since I read the 21rst book in the series, but with the first sentence in The Detonators I felt right at home.
Things are never easy for Matt,but when as agent that is used to working alone finds himself working under someone, even another agent from
Jan 28, 2009 Eric_W rated it liked it
Looking for a well-crafted light thriller? Booklist, in a retrospective of mystery writers, recommended Donald Hamilton as a writer who has been underated and forgotten in recent years. I happened to have an old copy lying around, and I agree with their positive assessment.
Matt Helm, his hero, works for a shady government agency performing tasks that would never be officially sanctioned, e.g. assassinations, etc. There job is to keep track of bad guys taking them out when necessary.
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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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