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, August 23, 2015

Danger In Paradise

Danger In Paradise by A. S. Fleishman. (Gold Medal Books, 1953) Jeff Cape, an oil geologist recently of Java, is on a stopover in Buleleng, Indonesia, on his way back to America. While the boat is in Port for a few hours, he decides to get a beer at Father Jon’s Bar. He’s approached by a beautiful woman he suspects is a White Russian; she wants him to carry a message to the CIA for her and gives him a card. It’s written in Russian, so he can’t read the message. Leaving the bar he sees a fat man trailing him, and decides to ditch the tail, but misses the boat, and has to hide. Things get worse, and he wants to find the girl again, but others are searching for her too.

This was very similar to those Dan Cushman novels, but without the great dialogue Cushman was noted for. Rebels are terrorizing the island, and someone is selling them guns. If the terrorists don’t kill him, the gunrunners might. A nice plot, with good action, and a fun read.