Death of a Citizen

By Donald Hamilton
Directed by Cassandra de Cuir
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

The Matt Helm Series: Book 1

5.02 Hours 08/26/2014 unabridged
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The first installment in the legendary Matt Helm thrillers Matt Helm, one-time special agent for the American government during the Second World War, has left behind his violent past to raise a family in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When a former colleague turns rogue and kidnaps his daughter, Helm is forced to return to his former life as a deadly and relentless assassin.  Originally released in the era of the James Bond novels, the Matt Helm novels were considered grittier and more realistic than Bond, garnering them critical praise and an ardent audience.

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Summary

Summary

The first installment in the legendary Matt Helm thrillers

Matt Helm, one-time special agent for the American government during the Second World War, has left behind his violent past to raise a family in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When a former colleague turns rogue and kidnaps his daughter, Helm is forced to return to his former life as a deadly and relentless assassin. 

Originally released in the era of the James Bond novels, the Matt Helm novels were considered grittier and more realistic than Bond, garnering them critical praise and an ardent audience.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A real world with a real character.” Tom Clancy, New York Times bestselling author
“With Matt Helm, Donald Hamilton helped start the spy adventure genre. I welcome the reissue of these books so that readers can experience this mythic hero.” David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder as Fine Art
“A harsh and sometimes shocking story, told with restraint, power, and conviction.” New York Times
“Fast, tightly written, brutal, and very good.” Milwaukee Journal
“If President Kennedy is a fan of British secret agent James Bond, he should switch his allegiance to Mat Helm. For there isn’t a thing the incredible Bond can do that US agent Helm can’t do better.” Buffalo News
“If you have half a dozen thrillers at hand and one is by Donald Hamilton, you can either grab it at once or save it for dessert.” New York Herald Tribune
“This series by Donald Hamilton is the top-ranking American secret agent fare, with its intelligent protagonist and an author who consistently writes with high style.” Book Week

Reviews

Reviews

by Doug 11/9/2017
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Very pleasantly surprised

I had some doubts about this series and was I ever wrong.Matt Helm is a great character.Giving a mission he puts blinders on and goes at it. Donald Hamilton writes in a very direct style and doesn't add a hundred pages of BS to the story like so many of today's writers.Highly recommend this series.
by Jim 9/13/2017
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It's great to hear these read!

Hamilton's writing is a real treat & Matt Helm is possibly his best character. I've enjoyed Rudnicki's narration before too, so listening to this was an absolute treat. Told in the first person from a fairly reliable narrator (Helm is not quite as rational & ruthless as he'd like us to believe.) with plenty of logical action. No miraculous coincidences. Helm is sometimes called the American James Bond, but I think that does the series a disservice. It's far better.

Best of all, both Helm & Hamilton know guns, hiking, boats, & dogs. Hamilton was a freelance writer for many hunting magazines. He wrote "Cruises With Kathleen", his sailboat. When Helm hikes through the desert or a march in Sweden, it's real & it should be. Hamilton wrote almost the same words for hunters in one of his articles. Only the quarry has changed. No stupid 'silencers', rifles that sight themselves in, or ridiculous shotguns either. (In my last review of a mystery-thriller, I said I was going to give the next review that didn't rely on a stupid silencer an extra star just for leaving it out. Unfortunately, I can't.)

Great book & series. I've got all of them & have read them several times. Can't recommend them highly enough.

Author

Author Bio: Donald Hamilton

Donald Hamilton (1916–2006) was the creator of Matt Helm, star of twenty-seven novels that have sold more than twenty million copies worldwide. He was born in Uppsala, Sweden, attended the University of Chicago, and served in the US Naval Reserve. His writing career began in 1946 with short stories for Collier’s and the Saturday Evening Post. His first novel was Date with Darkness, published in 1947, and altogether he published thirty-eight novels. The first Matt Helm novel, Death of a Citizen, was originally published in 1960, at the height of the Cold War.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 5.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English