There have been several series featuring hired killers. Lawrence Block’s Keller and Max Allan Collins’ Quarry series come to mind. However, Frank McAuliffe’s Augustus Mandrell series is my favorite. Mandrell narrates his “commissions” with a combination of Edgar Allan Poe and P. G. Wodehouse. His murders are stylized, comic, and clever. Most of the victims deserve their fate. Ballantine Books published the first three volumes over 40 years ago. And then, surprisingly, a fourth volume was just published a month ago. Bill Crider reviewed Shoot the President, Are You Mad! here. I recommend all of these wonderful books highly.
Augustus Mandrell Series
1. Of All the Bloody Cheek! (1965)
2. Rather a Vicious Gentleman (1968)
3. For Murder I Charge More (1971)
4. Shoot the President, Are You Mad? (2010)
Other FORGOTTEN BOOKS can be found by clicking on the links below. If I’ve inadvertently left you off the list, send me a comment and I’ll make it right. Patti will be doing the SUMMING UP sans the cheerleaders.
Paul D. Brazill
Terrie Farley Moran