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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (November 17, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0453005373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0453005371
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warren Murphy's first jobs in life were working on a pig farm, then as a movie usher, a sequin polisher, a public relations man for a brothel, a newspaper editor and a Democratic politician in Jersey City, New Jersey. "And then I went bad," he says, "and became a novelist."

That was back in the last century, and after some 200 books and several threatened retirements later, he is still at it. Now he is moving full-bore into the world of electronic publishing. Murphy has collaborated with his sons in forming his own publishing company, Destroyer Books.

Murphy is probably best known for the Destroyer series, which he created with the late Dick Sapir. With over 150 books and worldwide sales of over 50 million copies, the series is one of the longest-running and bestselling series of all time. The books were made into a movie, "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" (a second movie is threatened to be in the works), a TV pilot, as well as more film and TV rip-offs than anyone could ever imagine.

Called "a mentor and teacher to a whole generation of crime and thriller writers" by Encyclopedia Mysteriosa, Murphy is no one-trick pony. The St. James Guide to Mystery Writers states that "The breadth of Murphy's talent staggers the imagination. Comic detectives, caper novels, large suspense novels, sword and sorcery spy novels, and locked room mysteries, together with short stories, comic books, movies, and countless collaborations do not even begin to mark the parameters of his creative genius...Murphy is the professional's professional, with work of consistently high quality."

Some of the other work on Murphy's resume would include:
- The Trace series
- The Digger series
- The Razoni and Jackson series

Not to mention Leonardo's Law, Ceiling of Hell, Grandmaster, The Forever King (those last two written with Molly Cochran), along with dozens of other works.

His books have won ten national awards, including a pair of Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, two Shamus winners from the Private Eye Writers of America, and countless nominations.

In Hollywood, he wrote The Eiger Sanction, starring Clint Eastwood, as well as Lethal Weapon II. His Trace books inspired the TV show "Murphy's Law."

He has served on the board of the Mystery Writers of America, and also has been a member of the Private Eye Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, the American Crime Writers League, and the Screenwriters Guild.

Murphy is also a member of the Adams Roundtable, a New York writers' group, whose members also include Mary Higgins Clark, Peter Straub, Susan Isaacs, Lawrence Block, Harlan Coben, Judith Kelman, Mickey Friedman, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Justin Scott, Stanley Cohen and Whitley Strieber, and who occasionally produce mystery anthologies.

Murphy now lives in Virginia, and says he can be found at his desk or on the golf course. He has five children. Most of them, he says, "wash up pretty well."

His website is http://www.warrenmurphy.com, where he is currently writing a blog on how to write a book.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was totally "blown-away" by Justin Gilead in the Grandmaster, now after reading High Priest, I'm hooked for life!...Desperately seeking Justin Gilead. "this character is TOO GOOD to end in a 2-book series!!!" The movie would definitely become a box office smash!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Allan on September 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
1: Find copies of "Grandmaster" and "High Priest". 2: Get a comfortable armchair. 3: Wait for a really wet, miserable Sunday afternoon. 4: Open a bottle of wine... perhaps a cheeky young New Zealand Reisling. 5: Have a platter of snacky-bite things to hand. 6: Settle down, read, and enjoy.
Yes, folks - this is a good way to spend an afternoon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judy Smith VINE VOICE on April 9, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The authors call upon the unforgettable characters of their national bestseller, Grandmaster, to paint a vivid portrait of two men, sworn enemies, born under the same ominous stars, whose lives must forever be locked in mortal opposition.
American superspy and chess prodigy Justin Gilead, and Alexander Zharkov, head of a feared Soviet agency, are the protagonists. When a Soviet initiative to thaw uneasy relations with the U.S. is thwarted by a gruesome series of killings, Gilead and Zhartov claim the blood streets of Moscow as their personal gameboard in a rematch to the death. Ruthlessly, they launch their opening assaults against each other, rocking the command centers of both the Kremlin and the White House with wave after wave of violence. Neither man is aware of the dark consequences of his vengeance, until, through their bitter rivalry, another player enters the game...an opponent so powerful he makes murder seem like child's play.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JustAReader on November 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
nonetheless a weird and bizarre cold war spy thriller. never before writers focused on cold war would have dreamed up such weird one with black magic, hocus pocus, mumbo jumbo crap like 'grandmaster' and 'highpriest', but since remo williams, a cop who could be turned into a super natural killing machine battling evil forces, everything was possible to this no-hold-bar co-author couple. it's so weird to read these two books, making robert ludlum's tough heros lamers. the writing, plot, scenario, dialogue, structure, texture of these two books are all good, but still, i got a feeling of like reading ludlum co-authored with stephen king and some other fantasy writers. so weird and so good.
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