I first read these John Flagg (aka, John Rex Gearon) spy novels in the 1960s. At the time, I would read any book published by Gold Medal which featured original paperbacks by John D. MacDonald, Lionel White, Sax Rohmer, Charles Williams, Richard S. Prather, and Marijane Meaker (under the pseudonym of “Vin Packer”).
I liked the John Flagg books, featuring soldier-of-fortune Hart Muldoon, because Flagg created exotic locales for his spy. In Woman of Cairo the dangerous alleys of Egypt, in Dear, Deadly Beloved Flagg plunges Muldoon into the corruption of the vacation isle of Venzola where the Rich play cruel games for mountains of cash.
According to Nicolas Litchfield’s insightful Introduction, John Flagg’s The Persian Cat (1950) was the first book Gold Medal published. He went on to publish three more Hart Muldoon spy novels, all with Gold Medal. If you’re looking for fast-paced espionage novels with beautiful women, deadly killers, and treachery on every page, Woman of Cairo/Dear, Deadly Beloved will tangle you up in their sinister plots. GRADE: B (for both books)
THE HART MULDOON SERIES:
Woman of Cairo (1953)
Dear, Deadly Beloved (1954)
Murder in Monaco (1957)
Death’s Lovely Mask (1958)
The Paradise Gun (1961)