1985: Target

An anomaly in the biblio-history of Stephen Hunter. This paperback-only book is a novelization of the movie “Target” which starred Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon, and was produced by Zanuck Brown and Arthur Penn. It is a surprisingly good book, written at at interesting ‘turning point’ in Hunter’s novelist career. Although he was under contract to merely ‘novelize’ a movie, he wove in characters (in supporting roles) that you’ll recognize from his other books. Target is long out of print, and copies are expensive, when you can find them.

Walter Lloyd. Middle-American. Easy-going Texan. Soon to face the biggest test of his life when his past comes to haunt him with a vengeance.Donna Lloyd. Housewife. Kidnapping victim. She’d do anything for her family. Now she’ll learn that they’ll do anything for her. Chris Lloyd. Twenty years old, he though he knew the old man inside and out. Now, hunted by hit-men and mysterious agents across the face of Europe, he’ll discover who and what his father really is…