WorldCat Identities

Thomas, Ross 1926-1995

Works: 110 works in 634 publications in 12 languages and 20,591 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Political fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Detective and mystery stories, American  Spy stories  Manuscripts  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Scenarist, Conceptor, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PS3570.H58, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Ross Thomas
Most widely held works by Ross Thomas
Out on the rim by Ross Thomas( Book )

36 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Booth Stallings, 60-year-old Washington expert on terrorism and perennial drunk," is fired from his job, but Georgia Blue plans to deliver $5 million to rebels in the Philippine jungle, and Stallings, Otherguy Overby, Artie Wu, and Stallings' sidekick Durant "have other destinations in mind."--Audio cassette container
The fourth Durango by Ross Thomas( Book )

27 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Durango's mayor and her chief of police have gone into business--selling sanctuary to those whose friends are trying to kill them or have them killed
Briarpatch by Ross Thomas( Book )

35 editions published between 1984 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 1,542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the story of a Washington, D.C. policeman, the murder of his sister under suspicious circumstances, and his investigation of the crime
Twilight at Mac's Place by Ross Thomas( Book )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 1,523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The son of a dead CIA agent is offered $100,000 for the rights to his father's memoirs sight unseen
Ah, treachery! by Ross Thomas( Book )

20 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of military officers stealing funds destined for covert operations. The protagonists are Edd Partain, a major hired to recover part of the loot, and a killer hired to make sure he doesn't. By author of Voodoo, Ltd
Chinaman's chance : a novel by Ross Thomas( Book )

30 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artie Wu and Quincy Durant get mixed up in the search for a missing singer, missing money supposedly buried in Vietnam, and deadly gangsters
Missionary stew by Ross Thomas( Book )

17 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in English and German and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political fundraiser Draper Haere finds himself in over his head when he sets out to uncover the truth about a right-wing coup in Central America, hoping to reveal dirty secrets about his boss's opponent in the 1984 U.S. presidential election
Warriors for the poor : the story of VISTA, Volunteers In Service to America by William H Crook( Book )

6 editions published between 1969 and 1970 in English and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cold War swap by Ross Thomas( Book )

28 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the height of the Cold War, two Americans are runnng a bar in the West German capital, called Mac's place. One of the pair, Michael Padillo, isn't around a lot; he keeps disappearing on "business trips." McCorkle, his partner, wisely doesn't ask questions; he knows Padillo has a second job -- he's a (reluctant) US agent. But McCorkle is ready to answer a call for help from Padillo, and he joins his friend in a blind journey with no inkling of what they will encounter at the turn of each dark and dangerous corner
If you can't be good by Ross Thomas( Book )

16 editions published between 1973 and 1993 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A U.S. Senator takes a $50,000 bribe he doesn't need. What is he covering up? Why does a Washington columnist crucify the Senator in 850 newspapers and refuse to let the story die?
The eighth dwarf by Ross Thomas( Book )

17 editions published between 1979 and 2015 in English and Japanese and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Searching for a killer of Nazi war criminals, an ex-spy finds an unlikely ally Nicolae Polscaru, a three-and-a-half-foot-tall dwarf, is tossed into a Hollywood swimming pool by four drunken screenwriters, who take bets on how long he can tread water. Minor Jackson, his OSS training still fresh a year after World War II's end, beats the bullies senseless and pulls Nicolae from the water. A friendship is born. Jackson is broke, his spying days over, and Nicolae offers him a job. A former spy himself, the globetrotting Romanian has a commission to find Kurt Oppenheimer, an expert assassin of high-ranking Nazis. Kurt won't stop killing, no matter what the bloodshed will do to the fragile world peace, and the Soviets, the British, and the remains of the Nazi High Command all want his head. Jackson will beat them all to finding Kurt unless his new friend betrays him first
Yellow-dog contract by Ross Thomas( Book )

21 editions published between 1976 and 2015 in English and German and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Former political campaign manager, Harvey Longmore, is enjoying semi-retirement on his 80 acre farm in Virginia when he is visited by two old friends who want to hire him to look into the disappearance of a famous union leader. When he accepts the job, he becomes immersed in the wildest adventure of conspiracy and murder in his career
The mordida man by Ross Thomas( Book )

16 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A freelance fixer comes out of retirement to rescue the President's kidnapped brother. American agents abduct a high-profile terrorist in broad daylight on the streets of London, subduing him with a tranquilizer. He dies a few hours later on a flight back to Washington, DC, and the body is dropped into the ocean. Hours later, the President's brother ⁰́₄ a political powerhouse in his own right ⁰́₄ boards a plane to Las Vegas that doesn't land in Nevada. Libyan radicals are at the controls, and he is their prisoner. The only man who can save him is Chubb Dunjee. A former United Nations operative with skills in every aspect of political negotiation, Chubb became famous for solving problems with well-placed bribes. Saving the President's brother should be no trouble for him. But the Libyans don't want a bribe. They want blood
The money harvest by Ross Thomas( Book )

16 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in English and German and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A high-stakes plot to rip off the billion-dollar wheat market
The fools in town are on our side by Ross Thomas( Book )

21 editions published between 1900 and 2010 in English and German and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seasoned by the hard knocks of the low-life of Shanghai streets and armed with the skills of espionage, Lucifer Dye teams up with an ex-call girl and a crooked ex-chief of police to betray the corrupt town of Swankerton
The backup men by Ross Thomas( Book )

25 editions published between 1971 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A saloon owner and a former CIA agent team up to help a pair of assassins escape death. The twins who walk into Mac McCorkle's bar look identical, despite their differing genders. Their names are Wanda and Walter Gothar, and from the steel in their eyes it's apparent that their business isn't the friendly kind. They've come seeking help from Mac and his partner, Padilla, an ex-CIA agent who has skulked in the world's darkest corners. Anxious for a big payday, the twins took an assignment out of their depth, working as bodyguards for a Saudi prince who came to Washington to sign an oil deal. The job fell apart, and now the twins are being pursued by the world's two finest killers ⁰́₄ who take out Walter without breaking a sweat. Now Mac and Padilla are faced with a choice: Save Wanda, or join her in the grave
The Singapore wink by Ross Thomas( Book )

11 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A stuntman searches for a colleague whom he thought he killed long agoTwo pirates do battle on an old junk ship in Singapore Harbor. They leap nimbly from deck to rigging, crossing swords like fencing masters. And then one surprises the other, slicing a rope and sending the unfortunate pirate tumbling into the bay. This is how stuntman Angelo Sacchetti dies. Edward Cauthorne was his opponent, a fellow stuntman whose career died along with Sacchetti. He's selling used cars when two thugs approach him. They're emissaries from Sacchetti's godfather, a Mafia don. Sacchetti is alive after all-aliv
The porkchoppers by Ross Thomas( Book )

20 editions published between 1972 and 2016 in English and German and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two hard-nosed bosses scrap for control of America's largest union. Born to a steelworker but harboring theatrical aspirations, Donald Cubbin grew up tempted by two careers. A Hollywood scout finally notices him, but Cubbin has already taken a job with the local union boss. He's always regretted that decision -- especially now. After decades climbing the ranks, Cubbin runs the show as the union's president. An election looms, and his opponent proves to be a dangerously loose cannon. Cubbin made dozens of enemies over the years, and one has just engaged a hired killer
Cast a yellow shadow by Ross Thomas( Book )

16 editions published between 1967 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An old friend draws barman Mac McCorkle into a deadly international game. As the saying goes, you can't pick your friends. If you could, Mac McCorkle would disown Padilla. They owned a bar together in Bonn, the West German capital, and stayed partners even after Padilla's sideline as a CIA operative got the bar blown up. Padilla was thought to be dead and erased from the CIA's files ⁰́₄ but now he's back on the agency's turf. Mac moved to Washington, DC, after the trouble in Bonn to get married and open his bar anew. His new bride is beautiful, the bar is a success, and Padilla's reappearance threatens everything. A group of African terrorists want Padilla to assassinate the prime minister of their small sub-Saharan republic ⁰́₄ and they've kidnapped Mac's wife to use as leverage
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The Cold War swap
Alternative Names

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Bleeck, Oliver

Bleeck Oliver 1926-1995

Ross Thomas Amerikaans schrijver (1926-1995)

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Ross Thomas écrivain américain

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Ross Thomas US-Amerikanischer Thrillerautor (1926-1995)

Рос Томас

Росс, Томас, 1926-1995

Росс Томас английский (США) писатель

Томас, Р. (Росс), 1926-1995

Томас, Росс, 1926-1995

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The fourth DurangoBriarpatchTwilight at Mac's PlaceAh, treachery!Chinaman's chance : a novelMissionary stewThe Cold War swapThe money harvest