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The Mighty Dead   By: (1910-1995)

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The Mighty Dead by William Campbell Gault is a captivating thriller that seamlessly blends elements of mystery with a richly developed world. Set in the bustling city of Los Angeles during the 1950s, the story follows the intriguing life of Brock Callahan, a former professional football player turned private detective.

From the very first page, Gault's writing hooks readers with its brilliant characterization and detailed descriptions. The protagonist, Brock Callahan, is portrayed as a tough yet affable ex-football player with a sharp mind and a knack for uncovering the truth. His wit and determination serve as powerful driving forces throughout the narrative, keeping readers invested and engaged.

The plot itself is intricately woven, filled with unexpected twists and turns that keep readers guessing until the very end. Gault masterfully intertwines various subplots and secondary characters, adding depth and complexity to the story. Each character is given their moment to shine, making them feel incredibly authentic and fleshed out.

One of the book's greatest strengths is its vivid depiction of 1950s Los Angeles. Gault effortlessly transports readers to a time and place teeming with an unruly mix of glamour, corruption, and societal prejudices. The city itself becomes a character, with its dark underbelly and vibrant streets coming alive through Gault's immersive prose.

Moreover, The Mighty Dead expertly explores themes of loyalty, justice, and redemption. As Brock Callahan delves deeper into a web of secrets and deceits, he faces personal challenges that force him to confront his own demons. Through his character's growth, Gault prompts readers to reflect on their own values and the importance of staying true to oneself.

While the novel is undeniably thrilling, it does occasionally fall into the trap of predictability. Some plot developments and reveals feel somewhat telegraphed, depriving the reader of that satisfying element of surprise. However, this flaw is overshadowed by the strong characterization and overall narrative prowess displayed by Gault.

In conclusion, The Mighty Dead is an exceptional crime thriller that immerses readers in the gritty world of 1950s Los Angeles. With its memorable characters, intricate plot, and thought-provoking themes, William Campbell Gault has crafted a novel that will undoubtedly leave readers yearning for more.

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the mighty dead

by William Campbell Gault

What would it be like to live in a world which has conquered the near planets but abolished all literature? Bill Gault gives us a look at a world like this in a not too distant future which finds all our pressure groups united to rule the roost.

On its surface the choice was an easy one Doak Parker's career in Washington against a highly suspect country girl he had just met.

Doak Parker was thinking of June, when the light flashed. He was thinking of the two months' campaign and the very probable probability of his knocking her off this week end. It was going to be a conquest to rank among his best. It was going to be....

The buzzer buzzed, the light flashed and the image of Ryder appeared on his small desk screen. Ryder said, "Come in, Doak. A little job for the week end."

No , Doak thought, no, no, no! Not this week end. Not this particular triumphant looming week end. No! He said, "Be right there, Chief."

Ryder was sitting behind his desk when Doak entered. Ryder was a man of about sixty, with a lined, weary face and a straggling mustache. He nodded at the chair across the desk from him... Continue reading book >>

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