Tuesday, March 20, 2012

They don't deserve to be forgotten: British thrillers revived

The British Print-on-Demand and eBook imprint Top Notch Thrillers, dedicated to reviving “great British thrillers which do not deserve to be forgotten” have announced their schedule for the first half of 2012.

This month sees two titles in the Jonas Wilde ‘Eliminator’ series, originally published between 1966 and 1975, by Andrew York, the pen-name of the prolific author Christopher Nicole. THE PREDATOR sees Wilde operating without official sanction as he infiltrates and international terrorist group in Italy which is planning an audacious attack on the U.S. government. In THE DEVIATOR Wilde travels behind the Iron Curtain to eliminate a defecting British scientist, but to survive may just have to allow the KGB to employ his specialist elimination skills.

In April, Top Notch publish a brace of titles from Duncan Kyle – A CAGE OF ICE and TERROR'S CRADLE - who was once described as “the thriller-writing find of the Seventies” and whose books were bestsellers on a par with those of Alistair Maclean and Desmond Bagley.

Full details of these titles are on the Ostara Publishing website (http://www.ostarapublishing.co.uk/).

Series Editor for Top Notch Thrillers, Mike Ripley, also reveals plans for two upcoming titles. “ In July,'” says Ripley, “we are very proud to be reissuing THE PASS BEYOND KASHMIR by Berkely Mather from 1960. This is a classic title and a book in the great tradition of British ‘ripping yarns’. It was known to be a particular favourite of Ian Fleming, who was so impressed that he asked for Mather to be involved in scripting the 1962 movie version of his own DR NO. Although uncredited for his contribution to the Bond film, Mather went on to script several Hollywood blockbusters, as well as becoming Chairman of the Crime Writers Association. I am equally delighted that we will also re-publish a stunning historical spy story, David Brierley’s BIG BEAR, LITTLE BEAR, set in Berlin in 1948 on the eve of the famous Air Lift, which in my opinion ranks with vintage-period John le Carre.”

Have you read any of Top Notch thrillers titles? What classic but near-forgotten thriller fiction, British or otherwise, do you wish got more attention from contemporary readers?

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