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Sudden Box Set
Oliver Strange

Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Feb 15, 2013
Imprint : Hachette India
Page Extent : TBC
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9789350096864
Price : 2,999

About the book

Hachette India is delighted to bring back into print the original Sudden series by Oliver Strange as part of its revival of popular fiction.

The first Sudden book were first published in the 1930's and was hugely popular because of the period details and the rather iconic character of the eponymous hero. So much so, that like hugely popular series of the day (like PG Wodehouse or the 'yellowbacks' on the crime-thriller side)...the books were written to a formula. These books about cowboys but written by British writers were called 'Piccadilly Westerns'. The plots have repetitive elements and the characters too have a formulaic sameness, but the fast paced storytelling, the western landscape, the laconic one-liners and the lightning draw' gunfight sequences combine to create addictive page-turners.

The books have been reprinted as is, with no bowdlerizing for political correctness. As one critic points out "The language used is a product of the times and if there is any message to Sudden it is one of anti-racism. The character is respectful to Indians, indeed he was brought up by one. In fact the books portray racism on the part of any character as bad and undesirable". We've numbered the series in terms of the plot chronology, but The Range Robbers was actually the first book written, and the rest of the novels were back'story adventures. The series was so successful that after Strange's death, they were continued by acclaimed western writer Fred Nolan (creator of the 'Angel' series) writing as Frederick H. Christian. Christian wrote five more books.

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