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Richard Condon

(Richard Thomas Condon)
USA (1915 - 1996)

Born and raised in New York City, Richard Condon began writing fiction in his forties. He had previously worked in the movie business for more than twenty years as a press agent for Walt Disney productions, putting in time at nearly all of the major studios. In addition to The Manchurian Candidate -- a work that many feel disturbingly foreshadowed the assassination of both President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert -- he wrote numerous bestsellers, including Prizzi's Honor and Prizzi's Family. He died in 1996.

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The Secret Lovers (1977)
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Dark Star (1991)
(Night Soldiers, book 2)
Alan Furst
"Outclasses any spy novel I have ever read."

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