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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  8 reviews
An assassin gets caught up in a botched kill when a young woman stumbles onto the scene. He tries to protect her and keep them both alive.
Paperback, Reprint; U.S. paperback Edition, 160 pages
Published 1964 by Fawcett Gold Medal (first published 1955)
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Jim
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1paper, 2fiction
Hamilton does it again with a superb, complex main character (MC). The book opens on an obvious assassination & then flips the world on its head. Except for one poor data dump - a paragraph maybe 1/4 the way in - information is doled out in logical, intriguing bits. The MC makes no excuses or even explanations for his actions & his thought processes are typical, practical Hamilton all the way. Often, I didn't like what he did, but then realized why he acted the way he had. Sometimes I st ...more
B.E.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dang, that was a good book. They just don't make them like that anymore. I don't think they could get away with it today. Which is too bad.
Peter
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A superior piece of pulp fiction from 1955, the first-person narrative of a gunsmith apparently hired to carry out an assassination. The protagonist is quite a rounded figure for a novel written at that time and there’s considerable tension as the dead bodies mount and women complicate the situation, particularly one who witnesses the shooting. Gangsters and corrupt politicians add to the combination before all is quite sensibly resolved. Nothing outstanding, but a good read. 3.5 stars.
George K.
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
"Γραμμή πυρός", εκδόσεις ΒΙΠΕΡ.

Πέμπτο βιβλίο του Ντόναλντ Χάμιλτον που διαβάζω, πρώτο όμως που δεν ανήκει στην εξαιρετική σειρά με ήρωα τον Ματ Χελμ. Εδώ, πρωταγωνιστής που αφηγείται σε πρώτο πρόσωπο είναι ο Πολ Νίκουιστ, εξαιρετικός σκοπευτής και εξπέρ σε όλων των ειδών τα όπλα. Είναι ιδιοκτήτης ενός οπλουργείου στην Κάπιταλ Σίτι και τα απογεύματα τα περνάει με έναν τοπικό γκάνγκστερ, τον Καρλ Γκούντερμαν, έναν άντρα με τον οποίο μοιράζεται ένα σκοτεινό μυστικό και ο οποίος, αν και δεν μπορεί ν
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Derrick
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Donald Hamilton since 1965. This story was another brilliant story of intrigue and mystery by him. Great news on the 'Matt Helm' series available for eBooks, I wish all of his books were also available for downloading. I am scouring old book stores around the country to find copies of his mystery and western series. Highly recommend this author.
Dennis
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So different then the Matt Helm series that I really love. This book takes you into some very complex relationships that lead to a great finish.
Clark
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pulpy good fun!
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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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