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Author A.J. Quinnell A. J. Quinnell (June 1940 - July 2005) was the pen name of the English thriller novelist Philip Nicholson. He is best known for his novel Man on Fire, which has been adapted to film twice, most recently in 2004 featuring Denzel Washington.

Nicholson traveled throughout his life and several of the minor characters in his books are based on real people that he encountered in his travels. Nicholson was married three times; his last wife, Elsebeth Egholm, is a Danish mystery novelist. The couple maintained residences on the island of Gozo and in Denmark.

When the author was preparing to publish his first book, Man on Fire, he wanted to keep his real identity a secret. During a conversation in a bar, his agent (who is also J. K. Rowling's agent) told him he could use a pseudonym.The author chose "Quinnell" after rugby union player Derek Quinnell and "A. J." from the initials of the bartender's son. Nicholson frequented Gleneagles bar in M_arr, Gozo, the town where the Malta ferry disembarks. He could often be found drinking vodkas with soda. He wrote late at night and through until the morning, always standing up. He also sponsored a local Gozo soccer team and was admired by the Gozitans.

The author's best-known creation was the character of Marcus Creasy, an American-born former member of the French Foreign Legion. The Creasy novels are cult favorites in Japan.

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In the Name of the Father | Quinnell, A.J. | First Edition Book Quinnell, A.J. | In the Name of the Father | First Edition Copy

1987 NY: Dutton  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket.

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In the Name of the Father | Quinnell, A.J. | First Edition Book Quinnell, A.J. | In the Name of the Father | First Edition Copy

First Edition Hardcover Book 1987 NY: Dutton Books First edition, first printing, near-fine (page toning) in a fine dust jacket. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Perfect Kill, The | Quinnell, A.J. | First Edition UK Book Quinnell, A.J. | Perfect Kill, The | First Edition UK Book

First UK Hardcover Book 1992 LON: Chapmans First UK edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket. Scarce book. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Siege of Silence | Quinnell, A.J. | First Edition Book Quinnell, A.J. | Siege of Silence | First Edition Copy

1989 NY: Dutton/Plume  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket.

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Snap, the | Quinnell, A.J. | First Edition Book Quinnell, A.J. | Snap, the | First Edition Copy

First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket.  1984 NY: William Morrow

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A.J. Quinnell Bibliography

Creasy Series:
  1. Man on Fire (1980)
  2. The Perfect Kill (1992)
  3. The Blue Ring (1993)
  4. Black Horn (1994)

Individual Novels:

  • The Mahdi (1981)
  • Snap Shot (1982)
  • Blood Ties (1984)
  • Siege of Silence (1986)
  • In the Name of the Father (1987)
  • Message from Hell (1996)

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