Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Genuine Article by A.B. Guthrie Jr. (1977)

I am back for another installment from Rich's Crimes of the Century meme over at Past Offences. This time around we are in the year 1977. 

The Genuine Article 
by A. B. Guthrie Jr.

A Sheriff Chick Charleston mystery  


Not many people in Midbury liked Grimsley, a rancher with twenty thousand acres and five hundred head of cattle. Still, when Grimsley is found dead on his back doorstep with a mysterious gash on his head, Chief Chick Charleston and his crew have to use their detective skills to root out his killer. They are aided by Deputy Jason Beard, who, though he grew up in Midbury, has been away for two years at college. In their small Montana community, Charleston and Beard must conduct their investigations delicately, ignoring local prejudice, sifting through gossip and speculation, enduring the pressures of higher-ups, dealing with some less-than-savory characters, and eliciting information from those who would prefer not to talk. And things get worse before they get better. A second body is discovered, and relations between the sheriff, the Indian reservation, and the town deteriorate until finding the murderer becomes more than just a matter of enforcing the law. It becomes crucial to keeping the peace in this small ranching community.

Printing History
written by Arthur Bertram Guthrie, Jr (1901-1991)

 Houghton Mifflin
978-0395253618
1977

Friday, April 14, 2017

Vice Squad Detective (1934)


Vice Squad Detective

First and only issue

     Contents
Secret of the House of Horror by Clark L. Sair
Nudist Gym Death Riddle by Jack Gray
Marijuana Vice Trap by L.S. Worth
The Bloodless Corpse by O.R. Dude
Amazing Case of the Blonde Dope Queen by J.P. Carroll
The Call Girl Murder Mystery by Peter Abbott
The Curse of the Rusty Roses by Edmund Beville
The Day Coach Death Puzzle by Laif Martin
The Clue of the Hunted Vampire by Vance Miller
Pajama Party Killer by Don Lawrence
The Four White Devils of Tein Tsin by Lash Manion
The Beach Racket Murder by Tom Pennell

Printing History

Graphic Arts, Inc.
Imprint of Fawcett Publications
1934

Thursday, April 6, 2017

100 Years Ago Today

100 Years Ago Today

 


On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on the Germany Empire, thus joining the world war that began in August 1914.  The US was an associated power with the Allied Forces and entering into one of the bloodiest conflicts to ever grip Europe. Fifteen nations and empires saw 65 million men under arms, including 4.3 million Americans. When the conflagration ended in 1918, the Ottoman, Russian, Austria-Hungarian and German empires had fallen.  More than 10 million combatants had been killed out of some 38 million casualties. The last American veteran of the Great War, Corporal Frank Buckles, died just over six years ago, at the age of 110. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-1975)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker



A fictional Chicago newspaper reporter, Carl Kolchak, who investigates mysterious crimes with unlikely causes, particularly those that law enforcement authorities would not follow up. These often involved the supernatural or science fiction, including fantastic creatures.

Cast
Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin)
Tony Vincenzo (Simon Oakland)  
Ron Updyke (Jack Grinnage) 
Emily Cowles (Ruth McDevitt)
Monique Marmelstein (Carol Ann Susi) 

20 episodes aired   

Trivia
This series was preceded by two TV movies  
The Night Stalker (1972) and The Night Strangler (1973)


 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tenant For Death (1937) by Cyril Hare

I am back for another installment of Crimes of the Century hosted by Rich over at Pastoffences. Each month Rich round-ups all of book and film reviews relating to a particular year in crime fiction, written by us bloggers. This month we are in 1937. A year which I know nothing about.

Tenant For Death
by Cyril Hare


An Inspector Mallett Mystery


Two young estate agent's clerks are sent to check an inventory on a house. Daylesford Gardens, South Kensington, is an unlikely address for the discovery of death by strangulation. Even more unusual is that the house does not belong to the deceased financier. In the meantime, the mysterious tenant, Colin James, has disappeared. Inspector Mallett of Scotland Yard is brought in to unravel a complicated trail. Mallett gets to work very soon, linking the murder with the release from prison of an ex-banker, who'd been connected with a notorious fraud case.



About the Author
Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark (1900-1958) was an English judge and crime writer who wrote under the pseudonym Cyril Hare. Gordon Clark's pseudonym was a mixture of Hare Court, where he worked, and Cyril Mansions, where he lived after marrying. Tenant For Death was his first novel in 1937. 

Bonus Cover 

 
Printing History

Faber & Faber, UK 1937 and 2008
Dodd Mead, US 1937
Dover Publications 1981 
Harper & Row 1982
Kindle Edition 2016

Monday, March 6, 2017

Thrills Incorporated #6

Thrills Incorporated #6


Contents 

Meeting On Mars 
Durham Keys
(Durham Keys Garton 1925-?)
Trapped by his own cleverness, in a world he plotted to destroy!

Spaceway's Checkmate
D K Garton
(Durham Keys Garton 1925-?)
All her moves had been checkmated, she had one more king, that move decided the fate of the world.

Dimensional Discord
Rick Harte
(Durham Keys Garton 1925-?)
With the twist of a knob, horror stalked the universe in the fourth dimensional realm.

Two Heads, One Tale
Ace Carter
(Gordon Clive Bleeck 1907-1971)
When a learned professor starts seeing trouble, he's headed for trouble, double trouble.

Murder In Tomorrow
Roger Garradine
(Alan G Yates 1923-1985)
Even in the future yesterday's murder can condemn a man.

 Printing History

Associated General Publications Pty Ltd
August 1950

Monday, January 30, 2017

Terror Comes Creeping (1959) by Carter Brown

We step back a year to 1959 in the Crimes Of The Century over at  Past Offences  Rich has been hosting this monthly event  that features a different year in which us bloggers contributes a post about crime fiction book, film, TV, comics, or a short story. For my contribution will be...............................

Terror Comes Creeping 
by Carter Brown

Danny Boyd goes on a back-to-nature kick that is murder

 

The beautiful brunette's mother had made her a millionaire. Now her father wanted to make her a corpse.


The brunette was very beautiful and very scared. She looked private Danny Boyd in the eye and shuddered once. Then she calmly told him that her father was planning on killing her. She claimed he had murdered her brother and was trying to get rid of her sister. And that she was third on the list. She had no proof to back her story, only cold green cash. She might be crazy, but she was also crazy rich. She was Danny's favorite kind of client. So Danny decided to take the lovely lady's case. And tag her father a killer. 

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

Horwitz Edition
Numbered Series #81 1959

Signet Edition
December 1959

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Eiger Sanction (1975)


Clint Eastwood is an art history professor, mountain climber, and former assassin who was once employed by a secret United States government agency. He is blackmailed into returning to his deadly profession and do one more "sanction". He later agrees to join an international climbing team in Switzerland planning an ascent of the Eiger north face in order to complete a second sanction to avenge the murder of an old friend.

Cast
  • Clint Eastwood as Jonathan Hemlock
  • George Kennedy as Ben Bowman
  • Vonetta McGee as Jemima Brown
  • Jack Cassidy as Miles Mellough
  • Heidi Brühl as Anna Montaigne
  • Thayer David as Dragon
  • Gregory Walcott as Pope
  • Reiner Schöne as Karl Freytag
  • Michael Grimm as Anderl Meyer
  • Jean-Pierre Bernard as Jean-Paul Montaigne
 Trivia
Based on the 1972 novel The Eiger Sanction, by Trevanian (Rodney William Whitaker 1931-2005)

October 1972


Friday, December 23, 2016

MacGyver (1985-1992)

MacGyver was an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff.  The show ran for seven seasons from 1985 to 1992. The show follows the exploits of secret agent Angus MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson, who works as a troubleshooter for the fictional Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles and as an agent for a fictional United States government agency, the Department of External Services. MacGyver solves complex problems by making things out of ordinary objects, along with his ever-present Swiss Army knife. He favors non-violent resolutions and prefers not to handle a gun. The clever solutions MacGyver implemented to seemingly unsolvable problems‍, often in life-or-death situations, requiring him to improvise complex devices in a matter of minutes‍.

 
Cast 
Richard Dean Anderson as Angus MacGyver, secret agent
Dana Elcar as Pete Thornton, MacGyver's boss and best friend
Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, MacGyver's comical best friend
Michael Des Barres as Murdoc, MacGyver's most frequent opponent

Season 1: September 29, 1985 to May 7, 1986
Season 2: September 22, 1986 to May 4, 1987
Season 3: September 21, 1987 to May 9, 1988
Season 4: October 31, 1988 to May 15, 1989
Season 5: September 18, 1989 to April 30, 1990
Season 6: September 17, 1990 to May 6, 1991
Season 7: September 16, 1991 to May 21, 1992