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The Death Freak

(The first book in the Eddie Mancuso and Vasily Borgneff series)
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"A suavely persuasive, anti-Establishment thriller with the bitter aftertaste of Campari and vodka. A clever, cynical, and compelling novel."
- Time Magazine

Eddie Mancuso - the CIA's hard-boiled expert in Unusual Killing Devices (UKDs), is tired of promoting death. VASILY BORGNEFF - the Russian UKD man, kills and never leaves a trace, but he yearns to live like other men. CHALICE - the stunning blonde who shares these two strange geniuses, brings them together for a bizarre meeting in Mexico. They realize they can't just quit. Survival is the goal . . . and the implacable KGB and CIA bosses soon face their own deadly weapons, turned against them by their creators.

"With its ingenious pseudoscience and kinky sex, "The Death Freak" is a really entertaining lightweight novel."
- New York Times Book Review

"Genuinely exciting ... ingenious ... brilliant."
- Publishers Weekly

"Some of the most bizarre attacks and counter attacks this side of "Star Wars." And by the way, the technology makes James Bond look like a street punk armed with a zipgun. Some of the death descriptions are so detailed and perilous there's a warning at the front of the book."
- Dallas Times-Herald


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Used availability for Herbert Burkholz's The Death Freak

Hardback Editions

January 1979 : UK Hardback

Title: Death Freak
Author(s): Clifford Irving, Herbert Burkholz
ISBN: 0-7181-1758-1 / 978-0-7181-1758-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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July 1978 : USA Hardback

Title: The death freak
Author(s): John Luckless, Clifford Irving, Herbert Burkholz
ISBN: 0-671-40036-3 / 978-0-671-40036-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Summit Books
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Paperback Editions

September 1979 : UK Paperback

Title: Death Freak
Author(s): Clifford Irving, Herbert Burkholz
ISBN: 0-7221-5656-1 / 978-0-7221-5656-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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June 1979 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The Death Freak
Author(s): Clifford Irving
ISBN: 0-345-28155-1 / 978-0-345-28155-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Kindle Editions

April 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: THE DEATH FREAK -- An Eddie Mancuso Thriller (Eddie Mancuso And Vasily Borgneff Book 1)
Author(s): Clifford Irving, Herbert Burkholz
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