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Coughlin, William J

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1929-1992) US defense attorney, judge and author, who also published as by Sean A Key. Of his several thrillers, The Destruction Committee (1971) is of sf interest for its portrait of a Near Future America in which a group of tough Vietnam veterans come together monthly to kill an undesirable, a vigilante procedure culminating in the decision to kill off the left-wing candidate for Vice President in the forthcoming election, deciding to do so on learning that the Presidential candidate is fatally ill. [JC]

William Jeremiah Coughlin

born 26 February 1929

died Grosse Point, Michigan: 15 April 1992

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