Matt Helm: tied hand and foot

I picked this book up at the railway station lending library this morning and it fell open at the following, deathless excerpt.

“Don’t rush me, darling,” she said. “You’re a dreadful cold-blooded, ruthless person, but I had to find you tonight. Do you understand? You’re the only person I’d care to be with tonight, whatever happens.”

“Sure,” I said. “I don’t think much of you, either, glamor girl. You’re unreliable and treacherous and arrogant and selfish. If you happen to think a man’s done you a bad turn, you can’t even be trusted tied hand and foot. You’re mean and vengeful, and the only reason I love you is that I can’t hurt you, and even if I do you’ve had it coming for years. Besides, I know you’ll always get back at me somehow.”

She was smiling happily at the end of this recital. “But you do love me, don’t you?”

“Hell,” I said. “You know I do.”

I want a blu-ray box set of Dean Martin’s Matt Helm movies right now. SORT IT OUT, BOFFINS!

3 Comments

  1. I notice that the back cover fails to mention his weakness for ridiculous code names. “Eric”??

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  2. I know, brilliant isn’t it! I’m stupidly desperate to know if they kept that detail for the films – just picture Dean Martin drawling ‘The name’s Eric. Just… Eric.’

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  3. And that’s how you bring the romance, Matt Helm style!

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