Donald Hamilton


Born
in Uppsala, Sweden
March 24, 1916

Died
November 20, 2006

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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 government agency.

Hamilton began his writing career in 1946, fiction magazines like Collier's Weekly and The Saturday Evening Post. His first novel Date With Darkness was published in 1947; over the next forty-six years he published a total of thirty-eight novels. Most of his early novels whether suspense, spy, and western published between 1954 a
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Death of a Citizen (Matt He...

3.91 avg rating — 978 ratings — published 1960 — 17 editions
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The Wrecking Crew (Matt Hel...

3.96 avg rating — 537 ratings — published 1960 — 19 editions
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The Removers (Matt Helm, #3)

3.98 avg rating — 433 ratings — published 1961 — 24 editions
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The Silencers (Matt Helm, #4)

3.90 avg rating — 413 ratings — published 1962 — 5 editions
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Murderers' Row (Matt Helm, #5)

3.97 avg rating — 386 ratings — published 1962 — 18 editions
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The Ambushers (Matt Helm, #6)

3.99 avg rating — 356 ratings — published 1963 — 18 editions
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Night Walker (Hard Case Cri...

3.41 avg rating — 278 ratings — published 1954 — 9 editions
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The Shadowers (Matt Helm, #7)

3.94 avg rating — 299 ratings — published 1964 — 15 editions
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The Devastators (Matt Helm,...

3.99 avg rating — 285 ratings — published 1965 — 16 editions
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The Ravagers (Matt Helm, #8)

3.99 avg rating — 278 ratings — published 1964 — 16 editions
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Death of a Citizen The Wrecking Crew The Removers The Silencers Murderers' Row The Ambushers The Shadowers
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“When you act like a nice guy, everyone examines your motives with a microscope. When you act like a conscienceless louse, they generally take you at face value.”
Donald Hamilton, The Wrecking Crew

“I'm not responsible for what other people think, only for what I am.”
Donald Hamilton, The Big Country

“There's nothing more frightening to me than a character who thinks he knows what a real American is – mainly because it generally turns out he’s convinced it's somebody like him. It seems an odd notion to me. I certainly don't want to live in a country populated with people just like me, God forbid! Anyway, I figure there’s room for a little variety in a nation as big as ours.”
Donald Hamilton
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