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Richard Ben Sapir


USA flag (1936 - 1987)

Born in 1936, New York native Richard Ben Sapir is best known for The Destroyer series of novels that he co-created with Warren Murphy. The first Destroyer was written in 1963, while Sapir worked as a city hall reporter in Jersey City, New Jersey and Murphy served as secretary to the city's mayor. Ahead of its time with a plot centered upon a brash young westerner trained in the martial arts by a master assassin from North Korea, the book went unpublished until June 1971 but eventually spawned a highly successful adventure series with over 30 million copies in print by the late 1990s.

Before arriving on the illustrious shores of Sinanju, Sapir worked as an editor and in public relations. In addition to The Destroyer series, Sapir wrote five novels: Bressio (1975), The Far Arena (1978), The Body (1983), Spies (1984), and The Quest (1987), a modern day search for the Holy Grail. The Body, which was made into a movie in 2001, is about a Jewish Archaeologist who finds a skeleton underneath an Arab shopkeeper's basement that might be the body of Jesus and the American Jesuit priest who is sent by the Vatican to investigate.

Richard Sapir was a graduate of Columbia University and lived with his wife in New Hampshire before passing away in 1987 from a heart attack.
 
Novels

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Series contributed to
Destroyer
1. Created, the Destroyer (1973) (with Warren Murphy)
2. Death Check (1972) (with Warren Murphy)
3. Chinese Puzzle (1973) (with Warren Murphy)
4. Mafia Fix (1974) (with Warren Murphy)
5. Dr. Quake (1974) (with Warren Murphy)
6. Death Therapy (1972) (with Warren Murphy)
7. Union Bust (1974) (with Warren Murphy)
9. Murder's Shield (1973) (with Warren Murphy)
10. Terror Squad (1973) (with Warren Murphy)
11. Kill Or Cure (1975) (with Warren Murphy)
12. Slave Safari (1973) (with Warren Murphy)
13. Acid Rock (1974) (with Warren Murphy)
14. Judgment Day (1974) (with Warren Murphy)
15. Murder Ward (1974) (with Warren Murphy)
16. Oil Slick (1974) (with Warren Murphy)
17. Last War Dance (1974) (with Warren Murphy)
18. Funny Money (1975) (with Warren Murphy)
19. Holy Terror (1975) (with Warren Murphy)
20. Assassin's Play-Off (1975) (with Warren Murphy)
21. Deadly Seeds (1975) (with Warren Murphy)
22. Brain Drain (1976) (with Warren Murphy)
23. Child's Play (1976) (with Warren Murphy)
24. King's Curse (1976) (with Warren Murphy)
26. In Enemy Hands (1977) (with Warren Murphy)
27. The Last Temple (1977) (with Warren Murphy)
28. Ship of Death (1977) (with Warren Murphy)
29. The Final Death (1977) (with Richard Meyers and Warren Murphy)
30. Mugger Blood (1977) (with Warren Murphy)
31. The Head Men (1977) (with Warren Murphy)
32. Killer Chromosomes (1978) (with Warren Murphy)
33. Voodoo Die (1978) (with Warren Murphy)
34. Chained Reaction (1978) (with Warren Murphy)
44. Balance of Power (1981) (with Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy)
45. Spoils of War (1981) (with Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy)
47. Dying Space (1982) (with Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy)
48. Profit Motive (1982) (with Warren Murphy)
50. Killing Time (1982) (with Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy)
51. Shock Value (1983) (with Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy)
52. Fool's Gold (1983) (with Warren Murphy)
54. Last Drop (1983) (with Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy)
55. Master's Challenge (1984) (with Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy)
59. The Arms of Kali (1984) (with Warren Murphy)
60. The End of the Game (1985) (with Warren Murphy)
61. Lords of the Earth (1985) (with Warren Murphy)
62. The Seventh Stone (1985) (with Ed Hunsburger and Warren Murphy)
63. The Sky is Falling (1986) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
64. The Last Alchemist (1986) (with Warren Murphy)
65. Lost Yesterday (1986) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
66. Sue Me (1986) (with Warren Murphy)
67. Look Into My Eyes (1987) (with Warren Murphy)
68. An Old-Fashioned War (1987) (with Warren Murphy)
74. Walking Wounded (1988) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
75. Rain of Terror (1988) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
76. The Final Crusade (1989) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
78. Blue Smoke and Mirrors (1989) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
79. Shooting Schedule (1990) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
80. Death Sentence (1990) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
81. Hostile Takeover (1990) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
82. Survival Course (1990) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
83. Skull Duggery (1990) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
84. Ground Zero (1991) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
85. Blood Lust (1991) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
86. Arabian Nightmare (1991) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
87. Mob Psychology (1992) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
88. The Ultimate Death (1992) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
89. Dark Horse (1992) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
90. Ghost in the Machine (1992) (with Warren Murphy)
91. Cold Warrior (1993) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
92. The Last Dragon (1993) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
93. Terminal Transmission (1993) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
95. High Priestess (1994) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
97. Identity Crisis (1994) (with Warren Murphy and Will Murray)
The Destroyer Box Set (omnibus) (1978) (with Warren Murphy)
The Day Remo Died (2014) (with Warren Murphy)


















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