New & Notable: ‘The Equalizer’

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The Equalizer

by Michael Sloan

Thomas Dunne Books, $27.99

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Remember this classified newspaper ad: “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer. 212-555-0923.”

That was the hook for The Equalizer, a classic TV series starring Edward Woodward that ran from 1985 to 1989 on CBS. It followed the exploits of Robert McCall, a mysterious former intelligence agent-turned-vigilante who excelled at leveling the playing field for his clients against some very bad guys.

Series co-creator Michael Sloan, a veteran TV showrunner (Alfred Hitchcock Presents, King Fu: The Legend Continues, The Outer Limits), has reinvented McCall for the new novel The Equalizer. It arrives ahead of the September release of the titular film starring Denzel Washington in the title role. Sloan is a producer/writer for the film.

The novel is set in New York City, where McCall “tries to atone for his past sins” by coming to the aid of damsels and dudes in distress. His services are always free. He gets help from some of his old friends and runs into some old enemies, too — including a Chechen club owner who has an elite assassination business on the side.

And for further proof that McCall is now a 21st-century guardian angel, his ad also appears on Craigslist.

— Celeste Williams

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