Friday, November 05, 2010
When I heard a report this morning about a young Chinese man who managed to get on a plane in Hong Kong disguised as an old man my thoughts soon drifted to the Death Merchant. The Death Merchant, aka Richard Camellion, was the title character of a series of pulp action adventure novels written in the '70s and '80s by the late Joseph Rosenberger. One of Camellion's regularly used skills was his incredible ability to create disguises, and he frequenly disguised himself as an elderly man. Fortunately this real world disguise artist apparently only wanted to get out of Hong Kong undetected by the local authorities, not go on to kill a whole bunch of people. Somehow I doubt this guy has ever heard of the Death Merchant, but you never know. Weirder things have happened.
Afternoon addenda: I decided to add a Death Merchant cover to make this post a bit more spiffy. The book in question, The Psionics War, takes place partially in Canada, with Canadian troops aiding the Death Merchant against Soviets trying to kidnap an American scientist.