Matt Helm - The Wrecking Crew and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Matt Helm - The Wrecking ... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Acceptable | Details
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Matt Helm - The Wrecking Crew Mass Market Paperback – February 12, 2013


See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
$7.99
$3.79 $2.88
Best%20Books%20of%202014


Frequently Bought Together

Matt Helm - The Wrecking Crew + Matt Helm - Death of a Citizen + Matt Helm - The Removers (Matt Helm Novels)
Price for all three: $23.97

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Series: Matt Helm
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Reissue edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857683365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857683366
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

“If you like realistic action scenes and gutsy espionage stories, then this is definitely for you. The language is gritty and the action is daring.” – Retrenders 

About the Author

Donald Hamilton is the creator of Matt Helm, star of 27 novels that have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. He was born in Uppsala, Sweden, attended the University of Chicago, and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. His writing career began in 1946 with short stories for Collier's and The Saturday Evening Post. His first novel was Date With Darkness, published in 1947, and altogether he published 38 novels. The first Matt Helm novel, Death of a Citizen, was originally published in 1960, at the height of the Cold War.

Customer Reviews

So, buy a Matt Helm eBook and enjoy!
Michael M. Keohane
Overall, it was a great adventure for Helm & sets up the continuing character well.
James S. MacLachlan
I found this book to be well written and very enjoyable in it's quick pace.
Michael Serrano

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael M. Keohane on April 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I first read the Matt Helm books as they came out in paperback. I enjoyed them and kept the series on my bookshelf until they fell apart. When I found that they were coming out as eBooks, I could not wait to get them. After all this time and many re-readings, they still grab my attention. So, buy a Matt Helm eBook and enjoy!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James S. MacLachlan on April 24, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
In this, the second book of the series, Helm's character is firmly set. He's in Sweden, so we get a fair amount of comparison between the two countries, what he thinks makes sense & what doesn't. More, he is working with another agency who think his job - find & kill the bad guy - makes him a monster. Several darkly ironic situations arise proving the need for men like Helm & why his service exists. They might not like or respect him, but when the bad guys don't play by their rules, they need him - an overriding theme of the series.

Hamilton nails traveling across the Swedish landscape & wilderness. I'm currently reading "On Guns and Hunting" a collection of his hunting stories. I've read two so far, "Arctic Hunt" & "Hunting the Great Alg" (or something like that). Both were published in magazines & bits of each appear in this book. In other words, he describes walking across the land so well because he actually did so. Of course, he was hunting birds & moose, but it still...

This book is not without it faults, but luckily the most glaring didn't arise until the end. A character has her hands tied behind her & yet stoops to pick a package up off the ground. There's a bit more going on, but I don't want to spoil it. I guess this goof in logic proves that this edition wasn't edited at all. I don't recall noticing this before which is rather strange, but I checked my original paperback, published in 1960, and it is identical in this respect. This is the new edition that just came this week (Feb2013).

Anyway, this is one of the few times Hamilton screws up with a logical detail of this sort. It's one of the reasons I like his books so much. He usually gets things like that just right which lends to the realism of the stories.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kiowa Bill on March 12, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Young readers should get on Matt Helm right now. Helm makes James Bond look like Beaver Cleaver. Donald Hamilton created the most logical and believeable spy in fiction. I have all of the books in 1st editions. Buying the new books so that I don't have to use my originals.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Serrano on March 2, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
As a long time fan of the Dean Martin "Matt Helm" movies-{of which I still enjoy} I was interested in reading Donald Hamilton's book.I found this to be similar to Ian Fleming's Literary James Bond.In that the books are nothing like the movies with only character names in common. That said this book is very entertaining. The plot has retired secret agent Matt Helm sent on a mission to Sweden.Helm's cover is that of a "retired agent", called back into service, out of shape and not ready for the case. As such Helm has to blunder into circumstances that a seasoned pro would not fall into.Helms toughness is tested several times in the book, as well as his way with women. It's not exactly clear what agency Helm works for, but the reader gets the impression it would be something like the CIA, nicknamed the Wrecking Crew for their propencity to wreck havoc wherever they operate. While this book reflects the time it was written in {1960}. I found this book to be well written and very enjoyable in it's quick pace. I will be getting more of the Matt Helm books as they are released.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Feeney on July 13, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just finished reading The Wrecking Crew and enjoyed it. After a refresher course, Matt Helm is sent to Sweden to kill another agent.

What's fun about this novel is Helm's professional and detached attitude towards both his work and his enemy who he views as just another professional, fighting for his country.

His cool dispatching of his enemies towards the end is another example of both his detachment and pragmatism.

Terror On The High Seas
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul D Brazill on May 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The Wrecking Crew -first published in 1960- is the second outing for Donald Hamilton's post-war counter-agent Matt Helm and a dark affair it is too.

Now that his wife and children have left him, Helm is back in the espionage game after a long break and is sent to Sweden in order to terminate - or `touch', to use Helm's lingo - a dangerous Russian operative known as Caselius - `The Man Nobody Knows'.

Caselius - amongst the other mayhem he has created - is apparently also responsible for the murder of a journalist and Helm's job is to pose as a photographer and use the journalist's widow to track down the Russian.

The Wrecking Crew is a tense and well- paced spy thriller with a gripping atmosphere of Nordic gloom. Helm is a far from likeable character but his pessimistic world view- in particular his observations about people's hypocrisy towards the spy game - is powerful and compelling. Hamilton's descriptions of people and places are also particularly good and although this is the first Matt Helm book that I've read I'll certainly be on the lookout for more.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Donald Hamilton created a secret agent who doesn't rely on gimmickry and faces what are arguably realistic situations. Today's spy stories understandably show the wide variety of technological options. Often, the characters in today's works resort to their minds less than their tools. Helm, like Ian Fleming's Bond, relies on his experience and wisdom to extricate himself from difficult situations and to achieve his objective.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?