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The Interlopers

(Matt Helm #12)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  212 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Helm in Alaska - with girls and trouble and dogs double...

This time Uncle Mac has gone a little too far.

For one thing impersonating a Communist courier to whom Helm bore not a shade of resemblance was one quick suicide, but a cover in the form of a black Labrador named Prince Hannibal of Holgate...well!

And that wasn't all. Acting seemed to be in season because Helm found h
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Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 12th 1976 by Fawcett (first published January 1st 1969)
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Tfitoby
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night
If Matt Helm and Jack Reacher had a fight, Matt Helm would win with his eyes closed whilst sleeping with a dozen beautiful women who would take one look at his opponent and dismiss him to oblivion. Possibly the major basis for Sterling Mallory Archer.

Mostly read on the coach from London to Paris.


This was my first book from Hamilton after having him recommended in the pulp fiction group and I can safely say I am impatient to read more. Despite being the twelth instalment in the series at no poi
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Jim
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, it was a pleasure. I've read the book quite a few times, an old paperback that's somehow still hanging together. Still, listening to it narrated by Stephen Rudnicki was a pleasure. His voice is perfect for Helm.

Hamilton always impresses me with the knowledge of what he writes. He doesn't beat me to death with details, but I just know that he's hunted the area, had a Lab pup, & used the guns. His knowledge is too intimate to be faked. All he does is change the game to the most dange
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Jim
Aug 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
May2018: I hadn't planned on listening to all the Matt Helm books again, especially since it's only been 6 months since I listened to this one, but I was forcing myself to get through a horrible classic so turned to them for sanity's sake. Besides, Stephen Rudnicki told me 3 more Helm books are due out this year from SkyBoatMedia. While I can't wait to listen to them, I really wish Donald's kid would get his thumb out & publish the last book of the series. I've been waiting for that now for ...more
George K.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Παράξενη αποστολή", εκδόσεις ΒΙΠΕΡ.

Μπορεί πέρυσι τον Μάρτιο να διάβασα βιβλίο του Ντόναλντ Χάμιλτον (το πολύ δυνατό και ρεαλιστικό γουέστερν με τον τίτλο "Πυρετός στο Τέξας"), όμως τελευταία φορά που διάβασα περιπέτεια με ήρωα τον Αμερικανό κατάσκοπο Ματ Χελμ, ήταν τον μακρινό Μάιο του 2015. Η αλήθεια είναι ότι μου έλειψε ο μάγκας. Αυτή είναι η δωδέκατη περιπέτεια στη συγκεκριμένη κατασκοπευτική σειρά, και ενώ μπορεί να μην είναι και η πλέον δυνατή, σίγουρα όμως είναι και αυτή πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα
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Darryl Walker
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Matt Helm and James Bond have only two main traits in common. Each are government sanctioned assassins called a code name/number during business hours who bring hands-on violence to the table for the good of his country and both of their bosses have short names that begin with M (and in the case of Bond that is his boss's name).

Bond lives in London and motors around in an Aston-Martin in the line of duty, Helm drives a chitty chitty bang bang pickup with a camper and New Mexico is home. Fleming
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James
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This entry in the MATT HELM spy adventure series proves something more than any of the 12 I have read and enjoyed, so far ... Donald Hamilton writes great westerns. These are not westerns in the total definition of that genre, but the climaxes and mano a mano death defying confrontations are PURE oater. After doing a bit of research, I discovered that Hamilton did write two western novels and both were turned into well known feature films, those being THE BIG COUNTRY and THE VIOLENT MEN.

The plo
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William
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another helm hit

Donald Hamilton always comes up with a fresh storyline. This one doesn't disappoint. Another classic in the Matt helm series.
MaryAnn
Written in 1969, so quite dated and patriarchal. Why did I read it? My Dad does a lot of reading in his retirement, and he noted this one was "a very good book" so I thought I'd found out what he liked about it. It was interesting, dramatic, and it felt good to hold an old cheap paperpack in my hands - .75 cover price.
Harv Griffin
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Travis McGee novels
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THE INTERLOPERS is one of my fave Matt Helm novels, and it is unusual in several respects. Matt's partner is a dog, a well-trained black Labrador retriever. It is the bloodiest Matt Helm so far, (view spoiler) Copyri
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Dave
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: matt-helm-series
This novel takes place in the woods and mountains of the Pacific Northwest ranging from Portland up through the Yukon Territory and along the Alaskan coast. Helm has a target and to get to his target he is inserted into an operation of a Communist spy ring. There are agents and double agents and it's often difficult for Helm to tell who's on who's side and who is doublecrossing whom. Is the lady really interested in him or is the seduction part of something more sinister ? Helm is constantly tas ...more
Vikas Datta
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling as usual with many more layers of betrayal..
Frank Mueller
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've liked all of the series, but this one was especially good in that you couldn't determine which of the ladies was bad until the end.
Peter Ackerman
The weakest in the series thus far (reading them in order). Spy v. Spy by the numbers.
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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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