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  •  Sounds a lot like Doc Savage! (6+ / 0-)
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    I haven't read and am not interested in reading Tom Clancy. However your description of "Strong jawed, strong willed, perfect men..." sounds like the Doc Savage paperbacks I read (and liked) when I was around 12 years old. Of course that was more than 50 years ago, and fortunately I've grown out of that phase. Now Nabokov, Borges, and Shakespeare along with British/Scottish mystery writers like Ian Rankin and Minette Walters are more to my tastes.

    But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, ... there are few die well that die in a battle; ... Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; — Shakespeare, ‘Henry V’

    by dewtx on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 07:20:20 AM PDT

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    •  Ruth Rendell is fun, too... (2+ / 0-)
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      .....in case you've missed her so far.

      Misconduct by the government is by definition NOT a government secret.

      by Doug in SF on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 09:53:33 AM PDT

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      •  I read her too. (0+ / 0-)

        I also like the Northern Irish mystery/thriller writer Stuart Neville known for "The Twelve" (aka "The Ghosts of Belfast" in the U.S.)

        But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, ... there are few die well that die in a battle; ... Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; — Shakespeare, ‘Henry V’

        by dewtx on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 11:09:56 AM PDT

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      •  Try reading Colin Cotterill's Siri Paiboun series (1+ / 0-)
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        if you want quirky mysteries that give a different perspective on war--specifically the U.S. actions in Vietnam and Laos.
        The mysteries are set in Laos in 1979, centering around the cases of Dr. Siri Paiboun, devoted former Laotian revolutionary, reincarnated Hmong shaman, and reluctant national coroner.
        Cotterill's books are macabre, funny, and embarassingly frank about the misery inflicted on Laos and the Hmong people as a result of U.S. arrogance.

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