Sep 012014
The next stop in the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge is in the land of 10,000 lakes.

In The Lake Of The Woods
by Tim O'Brien

Follows the struggle of John Wade as he deals with a recently failed campaign for the United States Senate. He discovers one morning that his wife Kathy is missing.

   The use of flashbacks of John's childhood, his college years, and his Vietnam experiences, as well as testimony and evidence from other characters, this provides several hypotheses for the disappearance of Kathy Wade. Numerous alternatives were presented over the course of the novel. Maybe Kathy had sped over the lake too quickly and was tossed into the lake and drowned. Perhaps she had become lost in the wilderness and ran out of supplies. Or possibly John had killed her in the bedroom one night.

Printing History
Written by William Timothy O'Brien (1946- )

Penguin Books
January 1995
ISBN 14 025094

The Film
John Waylan is a candidate for U.S. senator. Near the end of the campaign he is accused of ordering and participating in a massacre in a Vietnamese village. The accusation kills his career, and severely endangers his marriage. When he and Kathy flee to an isolated cabin, he awakes one morning to find her gone. Questions are asked, answers are given or hinted at, as the tension and suspense build. 

 Kathleen Quinlan as Kathy Waylan
 Peter Strauss as John Waylan
 Peter Boyle as Tony Carbo
 Nancy Sorel as Pat Hood
 Richard Anderson as Claude Rasmussen
Hrothgar Mathews as Nat Leming
Ken Pogue as Sheriff Art Lux

This author was born in my father's home town of Austin Minnesota
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Bullion by Michael Woodman

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Aug 312014
Fresh from his job a MI6 position, 
Paul Gane gets involved in scheme to steal a fortune but the double cross is rampant

Printing History
Written by Michael Woodman

ISBN 722 19279
January 1971

Beagle Books
Beagle Boxer #95141
March 1971

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Aug 302014
Agent N3 Is On The Poisoned Trail Of The KGB's 
Deadliest Seek-And-Sting Assassin

Killmaster #253
Hong Kong. A city crawling with power, money, drugs, murder, and worse. It's here in the bustling center of the Orient that the KGB hired the world's deadliest assassin for a sabotage mission which threatens to jeopardize world peace. And it's here in this blood drenched underworld that Nick Carter takes on his deadliest assignment. To intercept this Soviet freelancer known as Scorpio. Or get stung in the process.....

Printing History
Written by Jack Canon

Berkley Publishing Group
Jove Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 515 10128
September 1989
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Aug 282014
"You're propositioning me?"
"That's right Marc, help me start a revolution...."

Marc kept a downtown rendezvous with a dame and finished up investigating her murder, or maybe it was an accident. But either way one could not forget she was associated with Sophia Nesbitt, the dame who had everything a man wants. Except one could not trust her and she was tied  up with a South American revolution conspiracy that made a murdering double cross look like a kid's game. So when Marc gets talked into the plot, and if there's a faster way of dying than in South American revolution, don't let him know. But, as Raymond Thompson said, it was a big story. So here he is in the middle of a revolution fighting on the wrong side, and the way it looks. If he wins or loses he would have to face either Karin Hedberg or General Tutay and his two murderous offsiders. Anyone traveling North?

Printing History
Written by W. H. ‘Bill’ Williams

Horwitz Publications Inc.
for and on behalf of Transport Publishing Company

Marc Brody Series
June 1957
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Aug 272014
The Mystery And Madness Of.......


The Survivor
Story by John F Albano

Jump Into Hell
Story by Joe Orlando

A Time To Die
Story by Jack Oleck

Printing History
 National  Periodical Publications, Inc
June 1974 
Volume 4 No 26
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Aug 262014
She was Hollywood
She was Sex
She was gone, really gone

 Why would a movie queen do a disappearing act when she could make a killing at home? 
Robert McGinnis Cover
The nasty old millionaire had a nasty yen. He owned a print of every one of Leola's movies and he slavered over them night after night. But that was not enough for a man who could afford everything. So when the sex queen of Hollywood disappeared, private eye Rick Holman looked for the millionaire and found him, and Leola, on a Riviera yacht. Watching movies. The distracted husband screamed white slavery. But Rick figured the setup was whitewash, for something much more deadly. And that was when someone decided that Holman was just too smart to live....!


Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #138 (1967)

New American Library
Signet Books
D3190 (July 1967)
Y6684 (1975)

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This title was originally published in September 2011
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Aug 252014
We are rolling along on the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge

 The Next Stop
The State of Michigan

 Angel Eyes 
by Loren D. Estleman

Ann Maringer is a go-go dancer with a problem. Her life is in danger and she is certain that her end is coming very soon.

An exotic dancer by the name of Ann Maringer is in danger, she is scared and sure someone is out to get her. She turns to Amos Walker a private-eye from Detroit but then she disappears and Walker is out to find out what happened and where she is at.

Printing History
Written by Loren D. Estleman (195- )

Houghton Mifflin
September 1981
ISBN 395 31558

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Kojak (1973-1978)

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Aug 242014
"Who loves ya, baby?"

 The series was set in the New York City Police Department's Eleventh Precinct Manhattan South Patrol Borough. The show revolved around the efforts of the tough and incorruptible Lieutenant Theodore ("Theo") Kojak a bald, dapper, policeman, who was fond of Tootsie Roll Pops and using the catchphrase, "Who loves ya, baby?" Kojak was stubborn and tenacious in his investigation of crimes, cynical wit, and aa tendency to bend the rules if it brought a criminal to justice.

Telly Savalas as Lieutenant Theodore "Theo" Kojak
Dan Frazer as Captain Frank McNeil (Kojak's boss)
Kevin Dobson as Detective Robert "Bobby" Crocker
George Savalas as Sergeant Heathcliff "Fatso" Stavros
Mark Russell as Detective Percy Saperstein
Vince Conti as Detective Lionel Rizzo
 Created by Abby Mann

Series aired 
October 24, 1973, to March 18, 1978
118 Episodes
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52 Pick Up by Elmore Leonard

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Aug 232014
In a game of sex and blackmail the only way to win was murder

Detroit businessman Harry Mitchell had only one affair in his twenty-two years of happy matrimony. Unfortunately, someone caught his indiscretion on film and now wants Harry to fork over one hundred grand to keep it a secret. And if Harry doesn’t pay up, the blackmailer and his associates plan to press a lot harder. Up to and including murder, if necessary. But the psychos picked the wrong person for their murderous scam. Because Harry Mitchell doesn’t get mad...he gets even.

Printing History
Written by Elmore John Leonard, Jr. (1925-2013)

Delacorte Press
The Film

Directed by
John Frankenheimer

Roy Scheider
John Glover
Kelly Preston

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Triple by Ken Follett

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Aug 222014
In 1968, a secret arms race begins in the Middle East. Which nation will build a nuclear bomb first? Double and even triple agents steal each other's secrets, and the Israelis mount an incredible mission to hijack nuclear material 

As the nuclear arms race escalates in the Middle East, the Mossad, KGB, Egyptians, and Fedayeen terrorists will play out the final violent moves in a devastating game where the price of failure is nuclear holocaust...

The world's balance of power is about to shift dangerously as the ultimate weapon nears completion in a secret facility in the heart of the desert. Across the globe, operatives from the great nations set a deadly game in motion, covertly maneuvering pawns and kings to achieve a frightening advantage--while terrorists and their hunters prepare for the contest's final, bloody moves. And one man--a razor-sharp master of disguise, deceit, and triple-cross--must somehow do the impossible: steal 200 tons of uranium without any of the other players discovering the theft.

Printing History
Written by Ken Follett (1949- ) 

Arbor House 
October 1979 
ISBN 877 95223 
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