Monday, 26 June 2017


Cover art by PAUL MANN

Two decades ago, the producers of the James Bond movies hired legendary crime novelist Donald E. Westlake to come up with a story for the next Bond film.  The plot Westlake dreamed up - about a Western businessman seeking revenge after being kicked out of Hong Kong when the island was returned to Chinese rule - had all the elements of a classic Bond adventure, but political concerns kept it from being made.  Never one to let a good story go to waste, Westlake wrote an original novel based on the premise instead - a novel he never published while he was alive.

Now, nearly a decade after Westlake's death, Hard Case Crime is proud to give that novel its first publication ever, together with a brand new afterword by one of the movie producers describing the project's genesis, and to give fans their first taste of the Westlake-scripted Bond that might have been.

(From the dustjacket.  Emphasis mine.)

Available now from all good bookstores.  This one you gotta read, so don't deprive yourself.


How's this for a spooky coincidence?  When I scanned the cover, it came up as img007.  Apropriate or what?


John Pitt said...

No, but I tell you what IS a spooky coincidence, Kid! I have literally JUST finished another one of my mini-projects on all the "other" JB books, then I click on here and what do I see?
AND I hadn't got this one!!
I have jokingly called you Prof. X with your mutant mind many times!
Now I'm not so sure that it's a joke!!

Kid said...

Well, I'm sure there are quite a lot of people who would label me with an X, JP - though not in a positive way.

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