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The Captain Must Die

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"If you want a feel for the real Fifties in the form of a grim caper novel, this is your book. It's tight, deftly plotted and one of those hardboiled novels that is genuinely tough without showing off." -- Ed Gorman


Greg Driscoll, a wealthy and respected businessman, has two cars, an upscale suburban home, a ten-year-old son off at summer camp, and a beautiful wife. And

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Kindle Edition, 124 pages
Published March 7th 2018 by Wildside Press (first published January 1st 1959)
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Ed
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hard-boiled fans of revenge novels
Recommended to Ed by: Ed Gorman
Robert Colby was from the Gold Medal Books stable of writers who didn't rack up the impressive sales of his colleagues like Gil Brewer, Charles Williams, and Peter Rabe. Still, Colby had a remarkable career and was a very fine writer. This hardboiled revenge yarn (1959) held my attention all the way until the somewhat surprising ending.

Basically, a captain caught three WW II vets trying to desert, and had them arrested and court martialed. Twelve years later, the three vets are freed from
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Edwin
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Fawcett Gold medal revenge caper classic telling the story of three court-martialed Army deserters, recently released after twelve years in Leavenworth, who decide to seek vengeance on their former captain who they blame for their imprisonment. Gregg, the captain, is now a businessman who hoards money in a secret room while trying to keep his distressingly ruined marriage with the lovely Madge intact. The three felons, led by psychopath Brick, devise a plan to torment and rob the captain with ...more
Chris
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Greg Driscoll is a wealthy and respected businessman in the suburbs of Louisville, Kentucky. He has two cars, an upscale suburban home, a ten-year-old son off at summer camp, and a cold, distant, but beautiful wife Madge. And somebody is trying to kill him: three ex-G.I.s recently released from Leavenworth with a score to settle. They know Driscoll’s been stockpiling money in a vault built into his house’s basement. They aim to take that money and his wife, make Driscoll suffer for what he’s ...more
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Great read from the era of the Gold Medal paperbacks of the '50s. If you can find a copy, it is worth the read.
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American novelist and crime thriller paperback genre and short story writer. Colby wrote novels for a number of the paperback houses including Gold Medal, which published his most praised novel, The Captain Must Die. He was also a prolific contributor of short stories to Alfred Hitchcock and Mike Shayne's mystery magazines. Many of these have gathered into two published collections of his stories. ...more