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

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Glass Cipher

The Adjusters #4: “The Glass Cipher” by Peter Winston. The Adjusters work for International Adjusters Division, run by rich Edgar White Whittle (A-1), who has businesses worldwide. His agents operate through the organization. They have no connection to any government body, and answer only to their boss. The plot is merely window dressing, unfortunately, as Peter Winston, alias agent A-2 is sent to London to make contact with someone who is bringing a message out of China. EWW has a glass that can read certain code, but only this special glass, nothing else can read it. Winston carries the glass with him, as he beds all the beautiful sexy women throughout the story. There are some fights, and Winston gets a couple bumps on his head, but he’s strong, and muscled, and tough, and can win through anything. Nothing can stop him, except a beautiful woman. The sex isn’t descriptive like in most men’s adventure novels, but he’s in bed during most of the book, which makes me say the plot is merely window dressing for the story. There are plenty of lovely English girls, plus the Chinese delegation has a lovely China Doll with them, and naturally she ends up in his bed a few times. Does he ever find the message, and get to use the wonderful glass to decipher the coded message? Well, read the story and find out. Really, it struck me more like Doc Savage saving the world (except for all the sex), than a real spy novel, so just read it for the adventure, and a few laughs. The dialogue was pretty lame, as well. However, you will easily kill a few hours reading an odd spy novel. It is truly a bit of fun, in an oddball sort of way.

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