Death of a Citizen
Donald Hamilton

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Narrated By: Stefan Rudnicki

Duration: 5 hours and 1 minute

What to expect

The first installment in the legendary Matt Helm thrillers

Matt Helm, one-time special agent for the American government during the Second World War, has left behind his violent past to raise a family in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When a former colleague turns rogue and kidnaps his daughter, Helm is forced to return to his former life as a deadly and relentless assassin.

Originally released in the era of the James Bond novels, the Matt Helm novels were considered grittier and more realistic than Bond, garnering them critical praise and an ardent audience.


Thriller / suspense fiction, Thriller / suspense fiction, Espionage and spy thriller, Crime and mystery fiction

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“A real world with a real character.”

Tom Clancy, New York Times bestselling author

“With Matt Helm, Donald Hamilton helped start the spy adventure genre. I welcome the reissue of these books so that readers can experience this mythic hero.”

David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder as Fine Art

“A harsh and sometimes shocking story, told with restraint, power, and conviction.”

New York Times

“Fast, tightly written, brutal, and very good.”

Milwaukee Journal

“If President Kennedy is a fan of British secret agent James Bond, he should switch his allegiance to Mat Helm. For there isn’t a thing the incredible Bond can do that US agent Helm can’t do better.”

Buffalo News

“If you have half a dozen thrillers at hand and one is by Donald Hamilton, you can either grab it at once or save it for dessert.”

New York Herald Tribune

“This series by Donald Hamilton is the top-ranking American secret agent fare, with its intelligent protagonist and an author who consistently writes with high style.”