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FREDERICK E SMITH
The Persuaders


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Pan, London, 1972
(price: 25p; 144 pages)


The blurb on the back:

Good-looking Brett Sinclair, aristocratic ex-playboy of a hundred jet-set resorts, and nuggety Danny Wilde, self-made millionaire from the Bronx, get together for a war on crime – and come out fighting…
Five Miles To Midnight: Smuggling an American gangster over the Italian border calls for a classical statue and a modern miss who combines exposure with composure…
Someone Like Me: Finding out if Brett has a double runs Danny into triple trouble…


opening lines:
The Rome suburb, full of large houses, wealth and respectability, lay quiet in the bright moonlight.


Is The Persuaders fondly remembered? I’m not sure. It was a British TV series but it was targeted so heavily at the American market that I think it fell between two stools, and lacked the inventiveness and free-flowing enthusiasm of shows like The Avengers and Department S. Anyway, what you had were two millionaire types – one Brit, one Yank – and they got into espionage-type scrapes, hunting down criminals in a variety of supposedly glamorous international settings. There was a certain amount of fun to be had in playing off Roger Moore’s silver-spoon-in-mouth playboy against the allegedly rugged self-made Tony Curtis, but not enough really.

And the novelizations, of which this is volume 2, are of interest only as objects, rather than as things you’d ever want to read.

the rough with the smooth
Mr Tony Curtis and Mr Roger Moore


ARTISTIC MERIT: 2/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
2/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
3/5


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