Matt Helm

27 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 460 ratings

Death of a Citizen Publisher's Summary

The first installment in the legendary Matt Helm thrillers

Matt Helm, one-time special agent for the American government during the Second World War, has left behind his violent past to raise a family in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When a former colleague turns rogue and kidnaps his daughter, Helm is forced to return to his former life as a deadly and relentless assassin.

Originally released in the era of the James Bond novels, the Matt Helm novels were considered grittier and more realistic than Bond, garnering them critical praise and an ardent audience.

©1960, 2014 Donald Hamilton (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Death of a Citizen

    • Matt Helm, Book 1
    • By: Donald Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    Matt Helm, one-time special agent for the American government during the Second World War, has left behind his violent past to raise a family in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When a former colleague turns rogue and kidnaps his daughter, Helm is forced to return to his former life as a deadly and relentless assassin.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great tension... and that VOICE!

    • By Terrance Ferguson on 06-08-15

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 2

    • The Wrecking Crew

    • The Matt Helm Series, Book 2
    • By: Donald Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    Matt Helm, code name Eric, has been recently reactivated as an operative for a secret American government organization after 15 years as a sedentary photographer and family man in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In his first assignment after returning to the service, he is sent to Sweden to eliminate Caselius, a long-time enemy agent. In order to do so, he must leave a trail of bodies in his wake.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Incredible

    • By Terrance Ferguson on 06-12-15

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  • Book 3

    • The Removers

    • Matt Helm, Book 3
    • By: Donald Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    A year after having been reactivated as a spy, Matt Helm receives a message from his ex-wife asking for his aid. The threat is an enemy agent named Martel, disguised as a mob hit man. To protect his family, Helm must remove the threat before his own children pay the ultimate price. Originally released in the era of the James Bond novels, the Matt Helm novels were considered grittier and more realistic than Bond, garnering them critical praise and ardent fans.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfectly paced. Excellent thriller.

    • By Terrance Ferguson on 06-22-15

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 4

    • The Silencers

    • A Matt Helm Novel, Book 4
    • By: Donald Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    Matt Helm, code name Eric, is sent to extract a female agent working as a stripper in a bar in Mexico. When she is killed before Helm can complete his mission, he finds himself teamed up with the woman's sister as he fights to save the lives of a group of scientists and American officials. Originally released in the era of the James Bond novels, the Matt Helm novels were considered grittier and more realistic than Bond, garnering them critical praise and an ardent audience.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great just not my favorite in the Matt Helm series

    • By Terrance Ferguson on 06-22-15

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 5

    • Murderers' Row

    • The Matt Helm Series, Book 5
    • By: Donald Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Professional assassin and counteragent Matt Helm has been given a distasteful assignment. He is to disguise himself as gangster Jimmy "the Lash" Petroni and assault a fellow agent in order to help establish her cover in a top secret operation. But things don't quite go according to plan, and now Helm must take her place on a dangerous mission. Alone in Chesapeake Bay, pursued by his own government, Helm must carry out an assassination - before his employers catch up to him.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • My Least favorite of Matt Helm SO FAR.

    • By Terrance Ferguson on 07-09-15

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 6

    • The Ambushers

    • Matt Helm, Book 6
    • By: Donald Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    A quiet mission of assassination is no sweat for legendary agent Matt Helm - until a shapely foreign agent he never got around to finishing off lures him into a strange trek in the wilds of Northern Mexico. And when a Russian missile is smuggled out of Cuba, it falls into the hands of a political fanatic much too close to home.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Everything youve grown to love about Matt Helm

    • By Terrance Ferguson on 08-27-15

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 7

    • The Shadowers

    • Matt Helm, Book 7
    • By: Donald Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    An agent like Helm might be a nice man to live with for a while, but he's not the kind of guy a woman would marry - unless she has to in order to maintain an ingenious cover. The man whose daily bread is violence takes a most unlikely bride - just to ensure death doesn't part them.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not as tight as the other books. Still great.

    • By Terrance Ferguson on 12-17-15

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 8

    • The Ravagers

    • The Matt Helm Series, Book 8
    • By: Donald Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    It was not a peaceful way to die, but there was nothing Matt Helm could do for his fellow agent. He had found him in a Canadian motel room - his once-handsome face eaten away, corroded by acid. Scratch one agent. The women wouldn't be lining up for him now. But it created further problems. The most likely culprit was a woman Helm had orders to protect - no matter what the cost.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent. A high point in the series.

    • By Terrance Ferguson on 02-01-16

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 9

    • The Devastators

    • Matt Helm, Book 9
    • By: Donald Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    On a bleak and lonely heath in northern Scotland, the body of an agent sent to complete a tricky mission is recovered. He had died of bubonic plague. It's up to Matt Helm to take it from there. Somewhere among the desolate Scottish moors is a half-crazed scientific genius who could devastate entire populations with one hideous, raging plague.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • cold war at it's coldest

    • By Alan C. on 02-08-17

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 10

    • The Betrayers

    • Matt Helm, Book 10
    • By: Donald Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Far out in the Pacific, among the sunny islands of Hawaii, a dark, venomous plot is engineered by a rogue agent, an angel-faced man called the Monk, who has a special fondness for high explosives. His target is an American troopship with 3,000 US soldiers scheduled to blow sky high - unless Matt Helm can stop him. But first Helm has to trust the beautiful stranger who claims to be his sister-in-law and insists that his former "wife" had just willed him half a million dollars.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • let the show go on!! excellent,as usual!

    • By Alan C. on 02-09-17

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 11

    • The Menacers

    • Matt Helm, Book 11
    • By: Donald Hamilton, Claire Bloom - director
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Matt Helm is puzzled. He’s been sent to Mexico to investigate the sighting of a flying saucer, but Helm doesn’t believe in little green men. Then his Russian opposite number is shot in her hotel, but who did it? And why are the Mexican cops acting so tough? Time to track down the redhead who called in the sighting and get to the bottom of the case.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • as i fight 🐱

    • By Alan C. on 02-14-17

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 12

    • The Interlopers

    • Matt Helm, Book 12
    • By: Donald Hamilton, Claire Bloom - director
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    This time Mac has gone too far. For Helm to impersonate a Communist courier to whom he bears no resemblance is suicide - and that isn't all. Someone wants to get the layout of the Alaskan Northwest Coastal Defense System, but they aren't the goodies or the baddies. So who the hell are they? And who is the mysterious Holz that Helm is meant to kill?

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  • Book 13

    • The Poisoners

    • The Matt Helm Series, Book 13
    • By: Donald Hamilton, Claire Bloom - director
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    When Matt Helm is dispatched to Los Angeles to investigate the shooting of an agent, it wasn't just an assignment - it was personal. To get the answers he wants means run-ins with two-bit hoods, a trio of beautiful women, a bunch of drug traffickers, and his old friend Mr. Soo, whose government has ideas about polluting America to death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is the beginning of better

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-11-18

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 14

    • The Intriguers

    • The Matt Helm Series, Book 14
    • By: Donald Hamilton, Claire Bloom - contributor
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Matt Helm is on vacation in Mexico with nothing on his mind except fishing when some joker tries to shoot him in the back. Naturally, it was no accident - when secret agents get shot at, it never is. So Helm has to go back to work. At least there's a bonus in the form of his boss' beautiful daughter, a playmate in peril.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The most real fictional spy ever!

    • By J. Martin on 09-14-18

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 15

    • The Intimidators

    • The Matt Helm Series, Book 15
    • By: Donald Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    It was a double mission this time: First, to terminate a top-notch enemy agent. Second, to locate the missing fiancee of a Texas oil millionaire, lost in the Bermuda Triangle. Somehow these two cases were connected, but it wasn't clear how until more high-profile types disappeared. They weren't dead, just part of a deadly little game.... 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story

    • By Old Dan on 11-17-18

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 16

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  • Book 17

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