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The Intriguers

(Matt Helm #14)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Matt Helm is on vacation in Mexico with nothing on his mind except fishing, when some joker tries to shoot him in the back. Naturally it was no accident. When secret agents get shot at, it never is. So Helm has to go back to work. At least there's a bonus in the form of his boss's beautiful daughter, a playmate in peril.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Titan Books (first published 1972)
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Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great listen as narrated by Stefan Rudnicki. I've enjoyed it several times as a paperback, too. Hamilton's theme in this book is our current feelings about death & he points it out through the interplay of Mac's daughter, Martha, & her dealings with the nasty Matt Helm & his associates.

There's a truly great speech by Lorna, another assassin, who gets tired of Martha's attitude.
“We are going to have to take a long hard look at the so-called sacredness of human life in the very near fut
Vikas Datta
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful installment... weaves a compelling multi-layered story of deception and intrigue and the ending is superb..
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Secret agent assassin Matt Helm has to aid his super secret boss 'Mac' who is in hiding due to not Russians or other international nasties plotting to take over or meddle in America's doings. This time the evil and plotting is coming from inside the federal government. Another spy organization in the deep bowels of Washington DC, led by Herbert Leonard, is trying to eradicate Helm's secret unit by murder and treachery. The plan is to assist in the taking over of all secret agencies to aid in the ...more
An assassination attempt on Matt Helm, a government assassin, starts off this wonderful thriller while he's vacationing down in Mexico. After that, the plot twists & turns. We learn more about Mac, the man that runs the unnamed government agency that Helm works for. A character introduced in an earlier book makes an appearance & a couple of new characters are introduced that figure prominently in a couple of the later ones. Definitely Hamilton at his best.

On to the next book, The Intimidators
Jack Webb
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An inside job

A real fun one. No commie plots, no Russians, no Chinese. Just a good ol' stupid politician, who once again thought he could run agents of Helm's ilk, not to mention take out Helm's boss, without repercussions.
Brian Grouhel
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent Matt Helm adventure!
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this, the fourteenth Matt Helm book, his boss, up to this point only known as Mac (and, like Matt__s Eric codename, presumed to be just that__a code name) finally gets a real name: Arthur McGillivray Borden . . . not that the author is doing the character much of a favor saddling him with that moniker. (And incidentally, a bit of a cheat; if this were a mystery novel and not a thriller, the author could be accused of not playing fair by providing the characters with information the reader is ...more
Harv Griffin
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of pulp fiction like Travis McGee
Shelves: own, reviewed
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THE INTRIGUERS, ©1972, officially marks the beginning of the bloated period of Matt Helm novels. THE POISONERS suffers also from bloat, but now it's definite and noticeable. Donald Hamilton's best novels are short; the short novel form is his strong point. My theory is that as publishers started demanding longer novels the quality of his work suffered. I blame Hamilton's editor & publisher as much as I blame Hamilton for the bloat. (In my own personal experience, if I have to lose 20,000 words f
If you like your spy fiction tough, cynical, and realistic rather than filled with all kinds of fancy gadgetry, the Matt Helm series is your ticket. This is one of the best of the bunch, taking Helm from the Gulf of California to the hills of Oklahoma and to the swamplands of Florida. This is a story filled with right crosses and double crosses and who to trust and who to be suspicious of. High speed boat chases, interagency politics, social upheaval in sixties college campuses, and more.

May 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The early Matt Helm novels were so good, I always try a later one whenever I come across a cheap paperback. Guess I'm hoping to find a repeat of the quality of the first few books. Unfortunately, they always come across as idealized, dangerous daydreams of Donald Hamilton's fishing vacations. Some interesting passages, but it doesn't hit me the same way as Death of A Citizen or The Wrecking Crew.
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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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