Mike Ripley

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

""...Ripley writes with such passion, enthusiasm and respect for these thriller writers..." "



An entertaining history of British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed, in which award-winning crime writer Mike Ripley reveals that, though Britain may have lost an empire, her thrillers helped save the world.

From Ian Fleming and Alistair MacLean in the 1950s through Desmond Bagley, Dick Francis, Len Deighton and John Le Carré in the 1960s, to Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins in the 1970s

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I admit that this is an area I am unfamiliar with, although I have read a few thrillers in my time by the likes of Gavin Lyall and John Bingham plus others. These were all during my informative years, when I read anything and everything I could get my hands on! I can't explain why I haven't ever read any Alistair MacLean books, although with his books currently being re-issued, that is a wrong I need to right. What is charming about this book is that Mike Ripley writes with such passion, enthusiasm and respect for these thriller writers, many of whom you may not have heard as despite being big names in their time, they have become forgotten with the decades. Ripley's love for this genre is apparent and you can still feel the schoolboy admiration for these thriller writers. There are plenty here I haven't heard of, but I will be amending that very soon. With a foreword by Lee Child, this will be perfect for anyone who loves a thrilling read from the archives. Be prepared to part with serious money as your TBR pile gets larger!

Reviewed By:

Chris Simmons