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The Melting Man

(1968)
(A book in the Rex Carver series)
A novel by

 
 
The 4th book starring Rex Carver Carver is asked to recover a lost car by millionaire Cavan O'Dowda. It soon becomes clear that what O'Dowda wants is not the car but some secret materials hidden in it. The villains include agents of African politicians and, given the rather thin characterisation, it is difficult for the author to keep all traces of racism out of the book. There is no mention of the secret service mandarins Manston and Sutcliffe, though the French agent, Aristide de la Dole, now working for Interpol, reappears from Doubled in Diamonds. Carver himself behaves with unmotivated recklessness, and in the end it is hard to retain much admiration or sympathy for him. Indeed he behaves just like the idiotic heroes that Canning satirised in his essay "The trouble with heroes" in Suspense, August 1960.

Genre: Mystery    

Used availability for Victor Canning's The Melting Man

Hardback Editions

January 1972 : UK Hardback
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Title: The melting man ([Ulverscroft large print series. fiction])
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-85456-159-5 / 978-0-85456-159-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: F.A. Thorpe
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January 1969 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Melting Man.
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-688-02076-3 / 978-0-688-02076-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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November 1968 : UK Hardback
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Title: Melting Man
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-434-10755-7 / 978-0-434-10755-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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1968 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Melting Man
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-600-77310-8 / 978-0-600-77310-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: THE COMPANION BOOK CLUB
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Paperback Editions

October 1980 : USA Paperback
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Title: Melting Man
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-441-52426-5 / 978-0-441-52426-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ace Books
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1968 : UK Paperback
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Title: Melting Man
Author(s): Victor Canning
ISBN: 0-330-02538-4 / 978-0-330-02538-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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