The Professionals 3: Stake Out (Professionals S.) Paperback – 14 Dec 1978
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TV series 1st edition Sphere paperback 1978 fine In stock shipped from our UK warehouse
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–'Stake Out' - the one where Bodie and Doyle foil some white racists' attempt to detonate a nuclear bomb in a bowling alley in an effort to 'Keep Africa White' (!?!)
–'When the Heat Cools Off' - the one where Lalla 'Romana No.2' Ward tries to persaude Doyle to re-open the case on her father, whom he'd put away for murder 7 years earlier.
–'Close Quarters' - the one where Bodie takes his girlfriend boating on the Thames but accidentally runs into a bunch fanatical German terrorists, whom he tries to apprehend (literally) single-handedly (as he's off sick from work with a knackered gun hand), leading to an exciting siege in a country house with a dead vicar.
Let's be frank, this book is not going to win any awards for literature. Indeed it's really quite clunky in places, and written in a faintly risible 'macho' tone which seems to want to kid the readers they're partaking of something rather laddish and edgy. It lacks the humour and warmth brought to the TV show by Collins & Shaw's performances, instead going on about 'guts' all the time and exacting detail of the makes and models of the guns every is using. But, having said that: the writing sticks very closely to the plot and scripts of the TV show - and given that I'm so familiar with what the actors' performances are like, it's hard not to imbue the words on the page with the same charisma. Also, this third book novelises just three episodes (the previous two each crammed four into the same number of pages) so it manages to flesh the storytelling out a little better than its predecessors.
Bottom line: given that I was able to get this second hand copy for just 1p, I'm not going to complain!