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Stop This Man! (Hard Case Crime #058)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  123 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews

All Tony Catell knew when he broke into the university science lab was that they had a gold ingot on the premises for some sort of experiment.  So he stole it.  What he didn’t know was that the experiment involved nuclear power – and that the gold was dangerously radioactive.   

Now the cops and the FBI are on Tony’
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Hard Case Crime (first published 1955)
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Dan Schwent
Tony Catell stole a gold ingot from a university science lab. Too bad the thing was radioactive. Now Tony has to get to LA to unload the radioactive gold bar on someone. The FBI is on Tony's trail, as is an alcoholic ex-lover. Can Tony's syndicate connections get him out of trouble? And what about his young lover?

Sometimes, I wonder how they pick the reprints for the Hard Case series. While this one was well written and fairly exciting, the main character wasn't likeable at all, especially in re
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Career criminal Tony Catell steals a gold ingot which happens to be radioactive. Not deterred by the ramifications and danger to his health he proceeds to shop the bounty across the US in search of a big payday. Leaving a trail of bodies in his wake, Tony finds himself mixed up in mob business and the primary target of the FBI.

STOP THIS MAN! Could’ve been really good, rather author Peter Rabe seemed to have suffered from a case of complacency in the mediocre. At times I wasn’t sure which direct
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Peter Rabe’s Stop This Man! is a hardboiled crime thriller dealing with the theft of radioactive gold. Now that surely has to be a fun combination, and so it proves.

Tony Catell is a big-time criminal, or at least he was until he got sent down for an eight-year stretch in the penitentiary. Now he’s more or less forgotten, a has-been, and he’s pushing fifty. But Tony Catell is not finished yet. No sir. He’s not going to be a nobody. He’s going to be a big shot again. When one of his few remaining
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp, hard-case-crime
Based on the other reviews, I'm surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did. STOP THIS MAN! may be a bit hokey and thin on plot, but the writing is crisp and the dialog delightfully hardboiled. At first, the characters seem a bit flat, but they end up playing off each other in really interesting ways once the story gets going.
STOP THIS MAN! felt so much like an old noir movie that my imagination insisted on screening it in black & white. I loved the old-fashioned sleaziness of it all, though t
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
In many ways, this book is as surprising as its author. “Stop This Man!” is a hard crime novel about an obsessively independent hood’s encounter with organized crime overlaid with an FBI manhunt for the hood, who has stolen an ingot of gold. Normally the Feds would not spend so much time and effort on such a case, but the gold was accidentally irradiated by some woolly-brained university boffin, so anyone coming into contact with it is likely to curl up and die. As a manhunt book, it’s excellent ...more
So Tony Catell, straight out of the joint, steals a block of gold. It was an easy job, the research lab where it was kept having lousy security. This gold is his future. Except he can't get rid of it, because it's been irradiated and it kills everyone who comes into contact with it (although Tony seems to last longer than anyone else). "Irradiated gold," a scientist solemnly tells the FBI agent, "has a half-life of one day. That means that after a day has passed, its radioactivity has reduced it ...more
Sep 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice little post-war fear novel. Frank, thief extraordinaire (and very lightly-drawn character) steals a 35-pound (or so) gold nugget from a physics lab. This nugget has been used in nuclear experiments and is quite radioactive. So Frank, in is desperation to avoid being caught and sent *back* to prison, leaves a trail of sickness and death across the country.

The book is more entertaining for its 1950's zeitgeist than it is for the story itself. So little was known about radiation poi
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ganesh bless Hard Case for reprinting such entertaining, obscure pulp reads like this. The originals, if you can find them, are pricey and the paper often is the kind that will get all up in your sinuses and nest. I just hope they get around to all of Peter Rabe's work, particularly The Box. That's my favorite and it reminds me of Paul Bowles if he got a little more seedy and hungover, instead of just highed up on kif.
This title starts out a little slow, feels a little done before at first, bu
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Decent little potboiler, indebted to the movie version of Kiss Me Deadly, in which a small-time hood ends up with an irradiated gold brick and totes it around with him unto the ends of the earth and beyond love, caring, or friendship. Some nice hard-boiled bits and some clangy wimmen problems, particularly an icky s/m subtext where he humiliates this young woman and she, of course, likes it. Bleh.
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A book on the low end of Hard Case's quality spectrum, this has a creative plot, that is unfortunately far from the scientific facts. The characters are all kind of annoying, with the exception of The Turtle, who is kind of amazingly funny. In any case, there are way better books in this series than this one.
Wow, I really hated this book. I read the whole thing and I have, like, no idea what the f**k happened. Other than that Peter Rabe apparently pulled the "science" out of his ass.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who was Peter Rabe? He was born Peter Rabinowitsch in 1921 and, in 1938, he and his family fled Nazi Germany, escaping just months before Kristallnacht. They settled in the Midwest and Americanized the last name to Rabe. Rabe wrote thirty books, almost all of which were crime fiction between 1955 and 1975. Stop This Man! was the first of his crime novels to be published in 1955 and he published at least two more that same year, Benny Muscles In and A Shroud for Jesso. Other crime novels by Rabe ...more
David Merrill
There are times when I'm in the mood for noir. It usually happens when there's a lot going on in my life and I just don't have the head space for the Science Fictuon and Fantasy I usually like to read. At those times, I reach for Horror or Noir and right now Noir is the ticket. When that happens I usually pull out the Hard Case Crime I haven't read yet. As I've said many times before, you can't go wrong with Hard Case Crime. Stop This Man! hadn't been in print for 45 years. I won't say this was ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy
I really wanted to like this book, the premise was good and the variety of characters was nice. Rabe's writing was off, though, the characters lacked depth and appeal. I just couldn't seem to keep up with anyone or anything.
May 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although fast paced and well written (Rabe's staccato dialog awesome), the initial plot gets sidetracked too often and becomes episodic. As a result, the stolen gold plot line disappears for about 100 pages.

Still, the gritty pulp writing makes me want to search out other Rabe books.
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hard-case-crime
this was a new writer for me and i found this novel noir completely engrossing.couldn't put it down.

Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-bookshelf
Dated but readable - #58 of the Hard Case Crime series that I've been reading.
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hard-case-crime
One of the worst Hard Case Crime novels I have read to date.
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Peter Rabe aka Peter Rabinowitsch, was a German American writer who also used the nom de plumes Marco Malaponte and J. T. MacCargo (though not all of the latter's books were by him). Rabe was the author of over 30 books, mostly of crime fiction, published between 1955 and 1975.
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