Destroyerclub Happy New Year Chat

Posted in Destroyer books, Destroyer club chat, Destroyer ebooks on January 3, 2017 by destroyerclub

We meet Tuesday, January 3rd at 9PM EST, 8PM CST in the Mibbit chat room.  No need to log in.  In the top box where it says “Nick” type in your name or whatever alias you wish; channel is: #thedestroyerclub.

Bully Pulpit (The Destroyer #151) has been published. You can buy the paperback HERE on Amazon, and also the EBOOK. And on B&N HERE. It has received many five star reviews.

Laughing Matter, the next book in the Legacy series, is being polished and should be out shortly.

Warren Murphy passed away Friday, Sept. 4th. But Chiun, Remo, Smitty and the rest of the marvelous group of characters live on. More books are already in the planning stages.

Jim Mullaney’s latest Crag Banyon Mystery, The Butler Did I.T., is in the proofing/formatting stage. It should be ready sometime this month.  His last Banyon,  Shoot the Moon, is live on Amazon in Kindle and paperback, Createspace, and at Smashwords.  For any of you who don’t know, he’s the author of 25 Destroyer books (#s 111 – 131, plus the four New Destroyers) and The Assassin’s Handbook 2. Pick up your copy today!

Legacy #5: Mother Mine is now available on Amazon on Kindle and in paperback.

Warren Murphy has a new Digger short story out in Fifty Shades of Grey Fedora, an anthology edited by Robert Randisi (Destroyer ghostwriter of #40: Dangerous Games, #43 Midnight Man, and #58 Total Recall).

Shane Black is directing and Jim Mullaney (whose latest Red Menace #5 — Red on the Menu — is out on Amazon, B&N,  and Smashwords) is co-writing (with Jim Uhls) a new Destroyer movie. The movie has a very spartan page on IMDb and James also has a page there.

More Blood: A Sinanju Anthology is up on Amazon in paperback and ebook. We’ve got a really good batch of stories; the authors should be proud of themselves. Destroyer fans are in for a real treat!

Flying Blind, Jim Mullaney’s 6th Crag Banyon mystery is now available in Kindle and paperback on Amazon and in several different formats on Smashwords.

Warren’s writing blog —  How to Start … and Finish… Your Novel:  Complete With  Money-back Guarantee:  Lesson 12  — the final lesson — is up.

Jim Mullaney’s  Devil May Care, his second CragBanyon Mystery, was a runner up for Best Indie PI Novel in last year’s Shamus Awards.


Warren Murphy Has Passed Away

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5, 2015 by sunnyjoedale

It is with great sadness that we must report Warren Murphy passed away this morning (September 4).  We’ve adapted part of his biography page from his website, and will add more details as they become available.

Warren Murphy was born in Jersey City, where he worked as a reporter and editor. After the Korean war, he drifted into politics, “but when everybody I worked for went to jail, I thought God was sending me a message to find a new line of work.” The first Destroyer novel followed soon after.

Murphy is survived by five children, Deirdre, Megan, Brian, Ardath and Devin, and several grandchildren.

He had been an adjunct professor at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, and had also run workshops and lectured at many other schools and universities. His hobbies were golf, mathematics, opera and investing.

He had served on the board of the Mystery Writers of America, and also had been a member of the Private Eye Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, the American Crime Writers League, and the Screenwriters Guild.

Murphy was also a member of the Adams Roundtable, a New York writers’ social group, among whose members are Mary Higgins Clark, Peter Straub, Susan Isaacs, Lawrence Block, Harlan Coben, Judith Kelman, Mickey Friedman, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Justin Scott, Stanley Cohen and Whitley Strieber, and who occasionally produce mystery anthologies.

Critical Blast

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , on October 23, 2014 by sunnyjoedale

Critical Blast.  No, not a new Destroyer title. It’s the name of a website which “is dedicated to delivering news, reviews, opinions and interviews from the field of entertainment and pop culture.”  One of the contributors is Destroyer fan and book reviewer R.J. Carter.

Many of his Destroyer articles appeared in The-Trades. Unfortunately, the site’s owners decided to stop running it, so that site is now defunct. But R.J. and some of the other contributors got together and started Critical Review. Go check it out and “like” the site’s Facebook page as well.

Fortunately, R.J. managed to save some Destroyer and Legacy reviews and interviews, including this one with Warren Murphy and James Mullaney.


Posted in Movie News on August 21, 2014 by sunnyjoedale


Jim Uhls & James Mullaney Penning the Screenplay Based On the Long-Running Book Series

LOS ANGELES, CA, AUGUST 21, 2014 – Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today Shane Black will direct the film adaptation of the popular adventure book series THE DESTROYER by Warren Murphy. Penning the screenplay are Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney; Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer of THE DESTROYER until the series’ end in 2008. Charles Roven, Steven Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

THE DESTROYER is based on the series of paperback novels in which Newark cop Remo Williams is framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution.  The reason?  To serve as enforcement arm for CURE, a top-secret, extra-Constitutional arm of the U.S. government.  Along with a seemingly ageless – and often hilarious – Asian assassin known only as Chiun, Williams sets out to “clean up” and take out those who oppose America’s interests.  The surprisingly-heartfelt stories combine edgy old-school suspense with Eastern mysticism to produce unique, rapid-fire capers full of slick banter, social satire, and sudden violence.

“Shane has been a fan of the original DESTROYER book series since its inception and he has an incredible vision for this film. Atlas couldn’t be more fortunate to be working with this talented director on this material,” said Charles Roven of Atlas Entertainment. “The narrative Jim and James have created is incredibly rich and while it’s a story rooted in adventure, it is also very much character driven.”

“The Destroyer is a two-fisted classic and deserves no less than the genius of Shane Black,” said Michael De Luca, president of Production for Columbia Pictures.“We couldn’t be more excited about his vision for this character.”

Shane Black is currently attached to co-write and direct DOC SAVAGE, based on the hero of pulp novels, films, and comic books, for Columbia Pictures.  Black most recently wrote and directed IRON MAN 3, which became the fifth highest grossing film of all time worldwide. He began his career in screenwriting, making his mark with LETHAL WEAPON and collaborating on its sequel. Black’s directorial debut came in 2005 with his critically acclaimed KISS KISS BANG BANG starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Val Kilmer.

Jim Uhls is best known for having written the screenplay for the classic film FIGHT CLUB directed by David Fincher. Subsequently he has written a number of films and television shows, having worked with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Doug Liman, and Shane Black, to name a few. Jim began his career as an original member of The Actors Gang when it was founded at UCLA.

James Mullaney is a Shamus Award-nominated novelist who has written 37 books, as well as comics and short stories. He is author of the Red Menaceseries of spy thrillers and the comic-fantasy-noir Crag Banyon Mysteries detective series.

Black is represented by WME and David Greenblatt of GreenLit Creative. Uhls is represented by Paradigmand Anonymous Content. Mullaney is represented by David Greenblatt as well.


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Atlas Entertainment, led by founder Charles Roven, produces blockbuster films as well as critically acclaimed features. Atlas Entertainment’s films have generated billions of dollars in revenues. Atlas is currently in production on the highly anticipated feature film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for Warner Bros directed by Zack Snyder set for release on March 25, 2016. Also upcoming, Atlas Entertainment is in post-production on Duncan Jones’ Warcraft from Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures with a March 11, 2016 release. Atlas Entertainment is also filming the SYFY series 12 Monkeys, a drama series based on the 1995 Universal Pictures film directed by Terry Gilliam and produced by Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment, slated to premiere January 2015. The Atlas team most recently collaborated with David O. Russell on the critically acclaimed box office hit American Hustle which has grossed more than 250 million dollars in world wide box-office.  Among its many accolades, the film won 3 BAFTA awards, was nominated for 10 Academy Awards ® including a Best Picture nomination for Atlas’ producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle.  It also received seven Golden Globe® nominations, winning 3 including Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.


Current Entertainment, founded by Steven Chasman, has specialized in producing cutting edge action films.  Chasman’s latest production Wild Card, based on the screenplay and novel Heat written by Academy Award-winner William Goldman, and starring Jason Statham, Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis and Sofia Vergara, will be released worldwide in the first quarter 2015.  Chasman and Current Entertainment have also produced a number of films with Luc Besson, including the highly successful Transporter Trilogy starring Statham, the Jet Li-starring films Kiss of the Dragon and Unleashed, and Taxi starring Jimmy Fallon.  Some of Current Entertainment’s other productions include: Taylor Hackford-directed Parker based on the series of novels by Donald Westlake, which starred Statham, Jennifer Lopez and Nick Nolte, Blitz based on the novel by KenBruen, Killer Elite based on the true story written by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, starring Statham, Robert De Niro and Clive Owen, and alongside Charles Roven/Atlas Entertainment, Roger Donaldson’s critically acclaimed The Bank Job, starring Statham and based on the 1971 Baker Street bank robbery.

Legacy Book 3, Overload

Posted in Books, Legacy series on May 10, 2014 by sunnyjoedale

Legacy Book 3, Overload is now live on Amazon! We’re also offering a FREE copy to any bloggers who review it, so tell your friends and spread the word! (Contact for details). Watch for it on next on Barnes and Noble and all your favorite online retailers. It will also be available in paperback.


Legacy Book 3, Overload

Game Over?

A figure from Sunny Joe’s past seeks revenge by hiring Stone and Freya for a video game where there are no cheat codes…and death is for real!

From the blurb:

Stone ignored Sturgeon’s monologue and grabbed a deep breath, aiming his fist at Sturgeon’s ankle. Had he been fully centered, the strike would have reduced the ankle into powder, but as weak as Stone was, he barely managed to knock Sturgeon off his feet.
     His heart pumped two sharp beats and then one dull beat—and then it stopped. Stone took a breath and coughed hard. His heart shocked back with three quick beats. Heart attack or not, Stone was not going to die on the floor at the hand of Stevie Sturgeon. Both men stood to their feet at the same time and both recognized the stakes. This was not going to be a match regulated by judges or scored by points. The winner would be the one who was still breathing two minutes from now…

MORE BLOOD! (New Blood 2)

Posted in Destroyer books, Destroyer ebooks on September 25, 2013 by sunnyjoedale

Attention Destroyer fans! As readers of the long-running men’s adventure series by Warren Murphy and Dick Sapir, maybe you’ve had ideas for a short story or two. If you’re a long-time fan, you remember when Warren published ‘New Blood‘ — an anthology of fan-written short stories and artwork. Or maybe you discovered the series too late to participate. Maybe you figured it was something that would never happen again and you’d missed your chance.

Not so! Warren is publishing a second anthology and needs contributions.

Submission dates begin NOW and will run until January 2014. Stories must be Destroyer-themed, of course, although they don’t have to feature any of the main characters. Stories of past Masters or future Masters are welcome, as are stories of a young Harold Smith or Conn MacCleary, a villain, or a supporting character. Let your creativity run wild! Entries can be serious or funny; they can be action or crime or sci-fi, or they can be something else entirely. This is your chance to make the series your own, although the main characters should behave as they would in a Destroyer novel (no Remo killing nuns or Chiun eating a cheeseburger). Sex and violence should be kept around a PG-13 rating. Length can be anywhere from ultra-short flash fiction (about 1000 words) to 7500 words. Longer entries may be considered on a case-by-case basis, but may need to be shortened out of space considerations. (Please, no full-length novels). The anthology will be anchored by Donna Courtois’ new novella, Storm Warning.

We are also accepting artwork. Again, subjects can be anything related to the books, and again, PG-13 is a good guideline. If you submit something in color, remember that the interior artwork will be printed in grayscale. Contact us for format requirements.

Now put down the Internet and pick up those pens (or open up Word and put those fingers on the keyboard)! Stories should have title and author at the top, and a word count at the end. Standard formats only — Word, OpenOffice, or RTF, and please no PDFs.

When you’re ready, send your submission to We cannot guarantee that all submissions will be accepted, but we promise to read each and every one.

Need more motivation to submit? Warren Murphy is donating a percentage of all profits to charity.


Warren Murphy Book Signing/Fan Appreciation Event

Posted in Book Signing, Destroyer books, Molly Cochran, Warren Murphy on September 12, 2013 by sunnyjoedale

On Saturday Sept 14th, 2013, NY Times Bestselling author Warren Murphy will be appearing at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library “Formerly known as the Central Library” in Virginia Beach, VA.

Murphy, whose resume lists nearly 200 books, numerous Edgar and Shamus awards, screenwriting credits, and more, asks that fans limit themselves to bringing 3 items from home for autographing. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

The first 50 fans to arrive will receive a gift bag with a special signed edition of Murphy’s first book “Created The Destroyer” just for this event.

If you are a fan of the “Destroyer” series, “Lethal Weapon”, “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins”, “Legacy”, “Trace” (AKA “Digger”), you’ll want to stop by.
This event happens to fall on Murphy’s 80th birthday weekend, so come on out and wish him a happy birthday and see what new stuff he’s been up to!

Here’s an excerpt from another talk Warren gave several years ago:

Exploitation Retrospect

Posted in Destroyer books, Warren Murphy on April 6, 2013 by sunnyjoedale

Exploitation Retrospect is calling for contributions to a new section — Assignment: Action! — that will be in their Fall 2013 issue.

Assignment: Action! will feature

reviews of men’s adventure novels of the 70s/80s and beyond, action cinema, remembrances of memorable action series and characters and so on. If you dig Remo Williams, The Chameleon, The Penetrator, ABLE Team, The Executioner and their ilk we are definitely seeking contributions from you!

This is a chance for Destroyer fans to post remembrances of  the series, its authors and the various ghost writers, how you were turned on to the Destroyer,  hopes for the direction the series has taken, social issues raised, etc.  If they get enough, maybe it will turn into an all-Destroyer retrospective.

New Destroyer Article

Posted in Destroyer books, Destroyer ebooks, Legacy series, Novellas, Warren Murphy on March 21, 2013 by sunnyjoedale

CE Martin has written an article about The Destroyer for Amazing Stories online magazine, with an emphasis on the return of the series with new books, including the new novel The End of the World, the Legacy spin-off Forgotten Son and the two (so far) novellas: Number Two and Savage Song.

Destroyer Books are on Smashwords

Posted in Destroyer ebooks, Legacy series, Novellas on February 13, 2013 by sunnyjoedale

Legacy #1: Forgotten Son and Number Two are now up on Smashwords.  They’ve been accepted in Smashword’s Premium Catalog, which means they are available in Sony, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Amazon, Apple (iBookstore), Diesel, Page Foundry, Baker-Taylor Blio, and Library Direct.