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For the American author Kenneth W. Royce (aka Boston T. Party), see Kenneth W. Royce


Kenneth Royce Gandley (1920 — 1997)

English thriller writer who also wrote under name Ken Royce, and the pseudonym Oliver Jacks.

He wrote 36 thriller novels between 1959 and 1997 under his own name (including The Third Arm, The Stalin Account, Fall-Out, 10,000 Days and Channel Assault), and three as Jacks. His best known works were his novels featuring semi-reformed cat burglar William 'Spider' Scott, an XYY Man, whose extra 'Y' chromosome (in the erroneous-but-conventional wisdom of the time) gave him a pre-disposition towards criminality. After attempting to 'go straight', he finds his talents are in demand not only from the criminal underworld, but also the secret service, and he is co-opted into dangerous undercover work (usually through blackmail, the temptations of money, or through his interest being piqued).

Royce wrote eight books featuring Scott:

  • The XYY Man (1970)
  • Concrete Boot (1971)
  • The Miniatures Frame (1972)
  • Spider Underground (The Masterpiece Affair) (1973)
  • Trap Spider (1974)
  • The Crypto Man (1984)
  • The Mosley Receipt (1985).
  • No Way Back, aka Hashimi's Revenge (1986 - a direct sequel to The Mosley Receipt).
A television series of The XYY Man in 1976-7 (adapting the early books) created a popular appetite for the character, and also that of his nemesis, Detective Sergeant George Bulman, a relatively minor character in the original books, but brought to life on the screen by the memorable performance of Don Henderson. After the run of Spider Scott programmes ended, Bulman had many television adventures not based on Royce's work (the series Strangers, 1978-82, and Bulman, 1985-7). The popularity of these probably contributed to Royce choosing to make Scott and Bulman unlikely allies and joint leads from The Crypto Man through No Way Back, while he wrote more Bulman novels towards the end of his life, including The Judas Trail (1996) and Shadows (1996).

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Total Books: 107
Ghostman
1999 - Ghostman [Ulverscroft Large Print Series] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780708940631
ISBN-10: 0708940633
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Shadows
1998 - Shadows [Paragon Softcover Large Print Books] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780745187594
ISBN-10: 0745187595
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The Xyy Man
1997 - The Xyy Man [Black Dagger Crime Series] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780745186665
ISBN-10: 0745186661
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Break-Out
1995 - Break-out (Hardcover)Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780727847959
ISBN-10: 0727847953
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Ambassadors Son -Op/026
1994 - Ambassadors Son -op/026 (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780727847133
ISBN-10: 0727847139
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Remote Control
1994 - Remote Control (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340617342
ISBN-10: 0340617349
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1993 - Wild Justice [Windsor Selections] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
A Wild Justice
1993 - A Wild Justice (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340580288
ISBN-10: 0340580283
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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1992 - Limbo (Hardcover)Paperback
The Mosley Receipt
1992 - The Mosley Receipt [Ulverscroft Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780708915592
ISBN-10: 0708915590
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Proving Ground
1992 - The Proving Ground (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340562406
ISBN-10: 0340562404
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Exchange of Doves
1991 - Exchange of Doves (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340544051
ISBN-10: 0340544058
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Fall-out
1990 - Fall-out [Coronet Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340515945
ISBN-10: 0340515945
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Fallout
1989 - Fallout (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780517573440
ISBN-10: 051757344X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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The Long Corridor
1989 - The Long Corridor [Firecrest Books] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780859979887
ISBN-10: 0859979881
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The President is Dead
1989 - The President Is Dead [Coronet Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340491232
ISBN-10: 034049123X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Patriots
1988 - Patriots (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780517569436
ISBN-10: 0517569434
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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No Way Back
1987 - No Way Back [Coronet Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340413722
ISBN-10: 0340413727
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The Stalin Account
1986 - The Stalin Account (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812881486
ISBN-10: 0812881486
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Mosley Receipt
1986 - The Mosley Receipt [Spider Scott] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812882551
ISBN-10: 0812882555
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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1986 - The Crypto Man [Coronet Books] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
The Concrete Boot
1985 - The Concrete Boot (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812881516
ISBN-10: 0812881516
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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The Crypto Man
1985 - The Crypto Man (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812881745
ISBN-10: 0812881745
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Miniatures Frame
1985 - Miniatures Frame (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812881615
ISBN-10: 0812881613
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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1978 - Woodcutter Operation [Coronet Books] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
The Miniatures Frame [An Inner sanctum mystery] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
Third Arm [Ulverscroft Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
Judas Trail [A George Bulman thriller] (Hardcover)Hardcover
Bones in the Sand [Scarlet Dagger Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette