Earl Norman

The Earl Norman books are becoming extremely rare, and publishers don’t seem to be interested in reprinting the series. The only way some of us may ever have all the stories is for collectors to scan and type the stories into PDF to swap with other collectors. I have already completed PDFs of HANG ME IN HONG KONG and KILL ME IN ROPPONGI. I am working on KILL ME IN YOKOSUKA. If other collectors would do the same for some of the other books, we could eventually have PDFs of all ten books. Why not help? I can be contacted at fadingshadows40@gmail.com

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Girl Factory

The Girl Factory #1: “The Girl Factory” by Robert Franklin Murphy. Su-Lin is quickly tossed into a strange case when one of her friends, an independent agent, is murdered. Leaving her two pictures of what at first appear to be the same girl, but turns out to be a cloning process; one is real, the other a clone. And now someone wants Su-Lin Kelly dead.

            The story starts out very similar to a Modesty Blaise adventure, but quickly turns into a Baroness adventure instead. There is lots of descriptive sex that has nothing to do with the story, and weakens the plot. She is as rich as Modesty and The Baroness, of course, but is supposed to be Chinese – or at least Eurasian. She has a Hawaiian maid, and two men, Zero and Joe Zen, also of Oriental background, I believe. Su-Lin was trained in the martial arts and the Kama Sutra in a Tibetan monastery, and equally expert in both. Yet, no one seems the least bit Asian. Marrying a rich spy, when he’s murdered she is left with money and his network of agents, and decides to follow in his footsteps. This was a fun read, and a good plot if you take out all the unnecessary sex and erotic scenes that distracts from the story.

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