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The Green Wound

(The first book in the Joe Gall Mystery series)
A novel by

Joe Gall is the Cadillac of hardass spies. Sure, Matt Helm can crush a foe's kidneys with a crowbar, but would Helm allow himself to be turned into a heroin addict as Gall does in The Death Bird Contract (Fawcett, 1966), surely one of the best books James Atlee Phillips (who writes the Joe Gall series as "Philip Atlee") ever wrote? I started the Joe Gall series early on with The Green Wound (Fawcett, 1963) and The Paper Pistol Contract (Fawcett, 1966). I was immediately impressed by the quality of the writing: The man seemed to be trying to walk up into the sky. One second he was strolling along the noon street in Laredo, distinguishable in the polyglot crowd only by his little white leather cap. Then he lunged forward and went gusting into an antic dance. Face contorted under the direct sunlight, he whirled and took two enormous sweeping steps, high and sideways. Racking away from the glittering store windows, he caromed into the parked car and jackknifed into the gutter. (The Green Wound, page 1)

Genre: Thriller    

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Paperback Editions

September 1967 : UK Paperback

Title: Green Wound Contract (Coronet Books)
Author(s): Philip Atlee
ISBN: 0-340-02827-0 / 978-0-340-02827-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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January 1963 : USA Paperback

Title: The Green Wound Contract (Original Title: The Green Wound)
Author(s): Philip Atlee
ISBN: 0-8140-6326-8 / 978-0-8140-6326-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett Gold Medal Book
Availability: Amazon