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About the Author
James Mitchell was born in 1926 but did not start writing until he was thirty. He is the creator of the hit TV series Callan, which he first wrote in 1957 as a one-off play for Sunday's Armchair Theatre. He also wrote the second series of 'When The Boat Comes In'.
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I don't know what drugs Mitchell was sniffing when he wrote this book but the main character of Callan, the hard and nasty assassin, is now an uber-rich businessman in Spain with a toff woman, while smelly thief Lonely has done a computer course while in the nick and is now a super multi-millionare in a business partnership with Callan.
Not only are the characters almost unrecognisable, there are a host of other unmemorable characters including a female Hunter (too James Bond for me). The plot is something about an ex-East German interrogator after Callan, but it's hard to make any sense out of it. The style of writing is inexplicably difficult to read and often you can't tell who is who or even who is speaking or what is happening. It seems to be trying for a 'style', but I gotta say - it's missed badly. Pretend you never saw this book and your life as a Callan fan will continue untarnished.
P.S. Note to authors - don't change your style and your loved characters when that is what your readers buy. It just annoys them.
price range.In his introduction to the book the author James Mitchell's son Peter informs us in his very first line that the book "should never have been published" I would say why not, true the plot and characteriastions (particularly) of Callan and Lonely are a little too implausibe at times, but I would say that you have to re-engage with the characters, after all the book is set in the early 2000's and people do move on, although some of their idiosyncrasies are still retained. I would say buy it now, read it and thank James Mitchell for his creation. Thanks also go to the Editor Mike Ripley, bringing the world of Callan to a close for all his many fans. I would encourage readers to seek out Mr. Ripley's books and his website and get back to having fun reading.
James Mitchell passed away shortly after this book came out and one can't help but wonder what he was trying to do.
If you like the Callan stories stay away from this one as it is Callan only in name.
Personally I could not even get half way through and I am a HUGE Callan fan.
This is not Callan as we know and love him.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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This book should never have been published, James Mitchell wrote some really good books, the one is simply rubbish. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs. C. A. Godber
BONFIRE NIGHT is another very good Callan novel by James Mitchell, who never wrote a bad Callan book. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2013 by Swordsman