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Full Name: Taggart
Series Name: COMINSEC
Nationality: American
Organization: Committee For International Security
Occupation Agent

Creator: Ralph Hayes
Time Span: 1974 - 1975


Taggart is an assassin for COMINSEC.

He was for many years one of the top hit men for organized crime until representatives from COMINSEC, a highly secret organization, approached him with an offer that promised better money and better adventure. Nothing else mattered to him, certainly nothing as insane as a desire for world peace or as ridiculous as working for good instead of evil.

Not so with COMINSEC itself. The Committee for International Security was created by five major powers, Britain, the U.S., Japan, Germany, and France, as a force to combat growing world terrorism, increased organized crime, and even independent intelligence groups who might be working against the West. It employs several extremely dangerous men as their enforcement arm, Taggart being the best, or worst. It works on the principle that it can do, silently and covertly, what the major intelligence agencies of the West cannot do openly.

Taggart is half Caucasian and half Native American. He had been taught by his grandfather, a full-blooded Comanche, a hundred ways to kill a man. He could track his opponents easily over most terrains and in urban areas seemed to have a sense when the prey was nearby. His work with the Mob had taught him, it seemed, a hundred more ways to kill but many of these were meant to send messages to enemies of the crime lords. This combination made Taggart perfect for the Committee as he could kill to make it look like an accident or kill to make a point to the other side.

As the series begins, Taggart is 33 years old, stands 6' tall with dark hair and gray eyes, and is considered by everyone who knows him professionally as a total stone-cold killer. He intends to keep it that way.


Number of Books:6
First Appearance:1974
Last Appearance:1975

1 The Bloody Monday Conspiracy The Bloody Monday Conspiracy
Written by Ralph Hayes
Copyright: 1974

The Chairman of the Chinese communist government was dieing from a brain disorder and the best doctor for the needed operation was a noted Soviet physician. An Arabic terror group is determine to stop such a chance of a rapprochement between those countries.
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2 The Doomsday Conspiracy The Doomsday Conspiracy
Written by Ralph Hayes
Copyright: 1974

The Soviet Union had, some time before, placed into orbit a dangerous bomb as a doomsday device should they lose a nuclear war. Now a fanatical group calling itself the Armageddon Society has gotten the codes to activate it and will do so if Taggart can't stop them first.
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3 The Turkish Mafia Conspiracy The Turkish Mafia Conspiracy
Written by Ralph Hayes
Copyright: 1974

A militant group out of Istanbul has two goals in life - spreading terror and making money. The former is easier if the second is successful and to accomplish that, they have stolen a prototype of an infallible device for detecting drugs as it could stop their influx of heroin into the States.
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4 The Hellfire Conspiracy The Hellfire Conspiracy
Written by Ralph Hayes
Copyright: 1974

The vast expanse of China would make for a fantastic market if only the government could be removed, according to a band of right-wing industrialists. The U.S. had the ability to pull that off if it but had the motivation. Killing the President and blaming the Chinese might be enough if Taggart can't stop it.
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5 The Nightmare Conspiracy The Nightmare Conspiracy
Written by Ralph Hayes
Copyright: 1974

The horribly disfigured Bedouin told a fantastic story about events taking place in the Nubian Desert, filled with tales of hidden tombs, mysterious cylinders, and a fog that killed all it touched. Taggart is sent to find out who and what is behind the dying man's tale.
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6 The Death Makers Conspiracy The Death Makers Conspiracy
Written by Ralph Hayes
Copyright: 1975

The Liberators was a group of highly experienced killers, apparently upset at the successes of COMINSEC, target that secret organization. If Taggart cannot find the people behind the Liberators, his own employers will pay dearly.
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The impression that the author went for concerning Taggart is that of an extremely vicious, highly dangerous killer. He succeeded. He also made the character one that is hard to find any good to say about.

You would ask Taggart to join you in a rowdy bar only if you wanted to make sure there would be trouble. Now, with him there you can be nearly certain who would be on the winning side, Taggart. How much of the damage you would suffer, though, is another matter because Taggart worries about Taggart, period.


My Grade: C-


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