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by Donald Hamilton

  • ISBN: 0843955864
  • Category: Mystery
  • Subcategory: Suspense and Obscurity
  • Author: Donald Hamilton
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hard Case Crime (January 3, 2006)
  • Pages: 252
  • ePub book: 1968 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1832 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 658

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She is a writer who seeks to convert the Max and Angela saga into a true crime book. This will all result in a self-reflexive, extended literary joke in PIMP

Series: Hard Case Crime (Mass Market Paperback) (Book 47). Paperback: 220 pages. Publisher: Hard Case Crime (August 26, 2008). She is a writer who seeks to convert the Max and Angela saga into a true crime book. This will all result in a self-reflexive, extended literary joke in PIMP. Not that there are not a great many literary jokes in the saga already. There are jokes about titles and a great many quips that will resonate with those who travel the world of American and British crime fiction.

Mass Market Paperback, 252 pages. Published January 1st 2006 by Hard Case Crime (first published 1954).

Night Walker (Hard Case Crime Mass Market Paperback, 252 pages.

This copy of Night Walker, by Donald Hamilton, is a mass market paperback, published by Gold Medal, printing.

NIGHT WALKER by Donald Hamilton. A TOUCH OF DEATH by Charles Williams. SAY IT WITH BULLETS by Richard Powell. i. Printed in the United States of America.

Hard Case Crime is an American imprint of hardboiled crime novels founded in 2004 by Charles Ardai (also the founder of the Internet service Juno Online Services) and Max Phillips

Hard Case Crime is an American imprint of hardboiled crime novels founded in 2004 by Charles Ardai (also the founder of the Internet service Juno Online Services) and Max Phillips.

Now, in a shadow world of dirty deals and brutal crimes, David must learn to stay one step ahead of hidden enemies

Now, in a shadow world of dirty deals and brutal crimes, David must learn to stay one step ahead of hidden enemies.

Items related to Night Walker (Hard Case Crime). Mass Market Paperback. When Navy Lieutenant David Young came to in a hospital bed, his face was covered with bandages and the nurses were calling him by a stranger's name. But his nightmare was only beginning. Donald Hamilton Night Walker (Hard Case Crime). ISBN 13: 9780857683489. Night Walker (Hard Case Crime).

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Night Walker was written by the man who created the legendary Matt Helm, Donald Hamilton.

Waking up in a hospital with a new name and a beautiful woman claiming to be his wife, Navy Lieutenant David Young, suspected of treason and murder, must enter into a shadowy world of corruption and crime to find his true identity and confront his enemies. Original.

Comments

August August
I'm a huge fan of the Hard Case Crime series; unfortunately, "Night Walker" is the weakest of the dozen entries I've read so far. The book starts off extremely well, with the protagonist, David Young, being picked up by a good samaritan. Young is a sailor on his way to another stint in the service. Of course, things quickly go horribly wrong, and Young finds himself in the hospital covered in bandages. The plot up to that point is rather exciting, and the reader has no idea where it's all going. However, it ends up going nowhere - very slowly.

Author Donald Hamilton is best known for his spy books and the Matt Helm series, and he first published this book in 1954. Although the book does start as a crime noir, it veers off toward an uncomfortable mix of spy novel and action without ever really finding its tone. Hamilton tries to make Young more interesting by giving him PTSD (or its 1950s equivalent), but the character still ends up being fairly generic. Even the book cover, which are usually fantastic in this series, is pretty boring. For fans of Hard Case Crime, "Night Walker" is worth the read, especially considering how short it is (I read it in about six sittings, which is unusual for me); it's not bad but it doesn't live up to the quality of this fine series.

Note: This review is for the Kindle version. The transfer to Kindle is good, with no noticeable errors or problems. It includes a Table of Contents with links to each chapter.
Nikobar Nikobar
Donald Hamilton wrote novels, short stories, and outdoors fiction. He is best known for his spy Matt Helm and wrote 27 Matt Helm novels from 1960 to 1993. Night Walkers is a 1954 novel that is firmly in both the noir fiction and spy fiction camps. It has nothing to do with Matt Helm. Hard Case Crime should be commended for re-releasing it so that we can enjoy it once again.

The story begins with a navy reserve officer, Young, being recalled for active duty. Young has nightmares about being on a navy boat and is not looking forward to returning, but duty is duty and he hitchhikes toward D.C. to report. Wearing his navy uniform, he is picked up by a guy in a sedan, Wilson, late at night. Wilson turns out to be a friendly, chatty guy and shows Young photographs from his wallet. Since its dark out and there is not much light in the car, Wilson encourages Young to look at the photographs, including that of his prized boat, in the light of the glove compartment. When Young does so, Wilson knocks him out.

Young awakens in a hospital with his face completely bandaged. Everyone in the hospital thinks he is Wilson. He has Wilson’s bed, Wilson’s wallet, clothes, and effects, and kisses Wilson’s wife when she comes to visit. Young is puzzled and tries to explain, but he is shushed by the nursing staff, who thinks he is too ill to talk.

Soon Young, still thought of as Wilson, is carted off to Wilson’s home where Wilson’s wife takes care of him as if he were Wilson. The charade continues even as it becomes evident that Wilson’s wife knows who he is and why he is there.

The plot then continues at breakneck speed as Young finds himself not just involved in a case of mistaken identity, but knee-deep in espionage at the height of the cold war. Wilson’s wife is a femme fatale who calls Young “Honey,” and seems alternately smitten by him and mysterious. There’s a young redhead that Wilson was rumored to be having an affair with on a sailing boat and the wife (Elizabeth) was rumored to have been having an affair with the doctor who treated Young. What of Wilson himself? Where is he? What is his role in this affair? Is he dead as Wilson’s wife claims or what?

Hamilton takes this mysterious plot and plunges the reader headlong through curve after curve till the readers head is spinning and wondering who is on whose side and what could they have possibly wanted with Young to begin with. Whose hands is he in and why?

The book is dark in mood. It never really feels as if the sun is shining. The book does not seem dated even though there is some reference to the communists. It is well-written and compelling reading. As is often said in reviews, this was one I just couldn’t put down.

Although the idea of someone being wrapped in bandages and mistaken for another is not new and has been used in various novels and movies, it works here. It probably works because the circumstances under which it happens are so mysterious and are actually pre-planned by Wilson and not accidental.

All in all, it is, in my humble opinion, a terrific book and I highly recommend it for readers of noir-era fiction and old-fashioned espionage drama.
Lightbinder Lightbinder
So so Donald Hamilton. Starts fast, slows down quickly, then picks up at the end. Most of his books are much better. The first dozen or so Matt Helm books are. Death of a Citizen is a great place to start.
Micelhorav Micelhorav
A naval officer hitchhiking to his next duty station sees the tail-lights of a stopped car on a lonely road and runs for it, thankful for a lift. The driver is in shadows, and as he tells his story to his passenger, the naval officer becomes apprehensive, wondering if he should get out, keep walking and run the chance of reporting late. The driver says he has been framed, that he has no communist ties, that there was no reason for him to lose his government job, to be blackballed by shadowy government figures. All that may be true, the naval officer thinks, yet, as everyone knows, where there is smoke there is often also fire, and the Red Menace is nothing to take lightly. Suddenly the officer is driven off the road, coshed savagely and doused with gasoline. When he awakens in a hospital, hands and face bandaged from burns, he remembers the flames, and he also remembers that he is Lt David Young, USNR, even though everyone else thinks he is the driver of the car, Larry Wilson, including Larry's wife.

Donald Hamilton is, of course, best known for the Matt Helm series of spy novels (yes, the Matt Helm character trashed by that affable ambling alcoholic Dean Martin), but Hamilton also wrote many standalone thrillers, of which this is a good example. "Night Walker" is set in the Fifties, heyday of the Communist Menace, and concerns Soviet spies in America. This plot element dates the story a bit, though, now, seeing how things have turned out, we know the HUAC was more correct than most people thought, even at the time. Hamilton takes the large picture of Soviet espionage in America and applies it to a young man who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

One of the strengths of the story is Hamilton's use of ambiguity as a narrative device. The story is told from Young's perspective, but for a good portion of the book he is recovering from being beaten, recuperating from severe burns, or drugged. It's only about halfway through the book, when Young starts to get his head screwed on straight, that we begin to get an idea of what is really going on. And even that is subject to change as Hamilton introduces one plot twist after another. Hamilton has taken a slender idea (identity switch for reasons unknown) and turned it into an excellent spy novel with a George Kaplanesque protagonist.