COPP IN THE DARK Don Pendleton plunges his hard-boiled private eye character, Joe Copp into the dark shadows and lower depths of legitimate theater in this riveting fast-moving story. It all begins innocently enough, except that Copp cannot quite identify his client-it seems that the entire cast of a community dinner theater production of "Man of La Mancha" may have hired him. The fast pace of events threatens to overwhelm Copp in a maze of government agents, organized crime figures, questionable politicians, and murder, as he struggles to learn the truth before he, himself, takes the big fall. Copp is truly "in the dark" until the last bloody act. And not even he can know who will be around to answer the final curtain call. "A fast-moving, even blurring, story of murder behind the floodlights." ~Book World Don Pendleton is creator of The Executioner: Mack Bolan original series of novels and is the "father of the Action/Adventure" literary genre.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Don Pendleton (1927-1995) was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. At the age of fourteen, during World War II, he enlisted in the Navy, serving until 1947 as a Radioman. He returned to active Naval duty during the Korean Conflict. Following the war he worked as a railroad telegrapher, CAA/FAA air traffic control specialist, and aerospace engineer. In the latter career, he worked as a senior engineer for Martin-Marietta's Titan ICBM programs and as an engineering administrator in NASA's Apollo Moonshot program. He published his first short story in 1957 and his first novel in 1961. Leaving his aerospace career behind, Don turned to full time writing in 1967, produced a number of mystery, science fiction and futuristic novels, a screenplay, and numerous poems, short stories and essays.
In 1969, War Against the Mafia, featuring Mack Bolan, the Executioner, was published. The phenomenal success of the first novel led to thirty-seven sequels over the next twelve years. Dozens of imitators, inspired by Pendleton's success, arose during the 1970's to constitute a new particularly American literary genreBand the term action/adventure coined by Pendleton himself, has since spread to encompass television and motion picture formats as well. The original thirty-eight Executioner novels have been translated in more than twenty languages with in-print figures of more than 200 million copies worldwide. Pendleton franchised Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan to Harlequin's Gold Eagle Books in 1980, and more than 600 books based on the Executioner and spin-offs--Phoenix Force, Able Team, Stony Man, Mack Bolan, Super Bolan, have been published under their continuing program.
Don's more recent works include a series of six mystery novels based the exploits of Joe Copp, Private Eye, and another six mystery novels based on the character, Ashton Ford, Psychic Detective. These are now available in Kindle editions as well as print.
Don turned to nonfiction in 1990 and, with his wife, Linda, produced To Dance With Angels, a definitive study of life after death and spirit communication. Published in hardcover by Kensington, it is now in its fourth edition. They also co-wrote Whispers From the Soul. Don's last novel was Roulette co-written with Linda Pendleton.
Together, Don and Linda, adapted and scripted The Executioner, War Against the Mafia, to Comic graphic novel format, which was published in 1993. Following Don's death, Linda adapted and scripted the second Executioner novel, Death Squad, published in 1996 by Vivid Comics.
His last nonfiction books are A Search for Meaning From the Surface of a Small Planet, and The Metaphysics of the Novel and a Novelist by Don Pendleton with Linda Pendleton, a book for aspiring writers; and Linda recently published a collection of Don's Metaphysical Essays: The Cosmic Breath with an Introduction by Linda Pendleton.
Don was a long time member of the Authors Guild; Authors League of America; Writer's Guild of America, West; Past West Coast Director of Mystery Writers of America; International Platform Association; and a frequent speaker on campus and writers' symposiums.
Don Pendleton published more than 125 books in his career. For biographical reference and bibliography on Don Pendleton, see:
Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers, (St. Martin Press); Contemporary Authors (Gale); Queen's Edition, Dictionary of International Biography (Melrose - London, England); Murder Ink (Workman); Who's Who in the Midwest.
Photo of Don Pendleton by Linda Pendleton.
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