Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

Happy Memorial Day


Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Memorial Day is observed every year on the last Monday of May. Originally it was called Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when an organization of Union veterans called the Grand Army of the Republic established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Action In The North Atlantic (1943)

Humphrey Bogart and Raymond Massey 
as sailors in the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II

 
An oil tanker commanded by Captain Steve Jarvis (played by Raymond Massey) is sunk in the north Atlantic Ocean by a German U-boat. He and the first officer, (played by Humphrey Bogart), make it to a lifeboat along with other crewmen. The U-boat crew starts filming their plight they respond with rude gestures and are rammed. The men swim to a raft and are rescued 11 days later. They are back to sea on a new Liberty ship, the SS Seawitch, on a convoy carrying vital war supplies to the Soviet port of Murmansk. Attacked by a wolfpack of German U-boats that were hunting for convoys. The U-boat sights the ship again after they convoy had dispersed and hits her with a torpedo. Bogart's character orders the men to set fires and make smoke so that it appears as if the ship is sinking. When the submarine surfaces to finish her off, the ship rams and sinks it. The Seawitch then limps into Murmansk to a warm Russian welcome.
 

Cast
Directed by
Lloyd Bacon
Byron Haskin
Raoul Walsh

Humphrey Bogart as First Officer Joe Rossi
Raymond Massey as Captain Steve Jarvis
Alan Hale, Sr. as Alfred "Boats" O'Hara
Julie Bishop as Pearl O'Neill
Ruth Gordon as Sarah Jarvis
Sam Levene as "Chips" Abrams
Dane Clark as Johnnie Pulaski
Peter Whitney as "Whitey" Lara
Dick Hogan as Cadet Ezra Parker
 


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Lady With A Gun by E. P. Thorne

The message from the dead Department S-3 agent arrived after he was found dead, saying that he was on to something. Knowing it was related to his death, Brains Cunningham is sent to finish the work.




 Printing History
Written by Ernest Pollett Thorne (1896-1968)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Leiche-oben ohne by Carter Brown

The Black Lace Hangover


Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

Ullstein Bucher
#1125
1968
West Berlin Germany

Monday, May 18, 2015

Stalk The Hunter by Mitchell Wilson

An Inner Sanctum Mystery
 


Paul Campbell was stalking, Kit, who happens to a member of the Czech Underground.
Paul was an art collector and penetrator, he tries to use her as a contact to other members of her movement. But Kit is blacklisted by the Underground for a slip, terrorized by Paul, and she confides in Dan Shay. Dan is in the army reserve, he is slow, stolid, and skeptical. After a high speed manhunt, Dan gets his case and his culprits for the U.S. Army.
  
Printing History
Mitchell A. Wilson (1914-1973)

Simon & Schuster
1943

 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Host Of Extras by James Leasor

 Jason Love #7


Jason Love is a part-time agent for MI-6. When the owner of Aristo Autos, provider of the Cord car that Love is so enamoured with, has a chance to get his hands on two priceless cars. He and Love must make a trip to Corsica where international mischief is underway.

Printing History
Written by Jame Leasor (1923-2007)

Heinemann
ISBN 434 41020
April 1973

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Long Saturday Night by Charles Williams

A small town is doomed by jealousy, greed, and a shared love of hunting


In the backwoods town of Carthage, there isn’t much for the leading citizens to do but drink, sleep, and shoot. John Warren is preparing for an early morning duck hunt when he hears two shotgun blasts— only later does he learn they were the sound of Dan Roberts’s death. Although it appears the handsome young man killed himself, Warren and the police are smart enough to realize that suicide victims seldom shoot twice. That night, a drunk woman calls Warren’s house, offering a motive for the crime he didn’t commit. Roberts was sleeping with Warren’s wife—and he wasn’t her only lover. Warren didn’t kill Roberts, but as the rumors begin to swirl, he may wish that he had. In a town where every man is a crack shot, shooting a rival isn’t murder. It’s target practice.
 

The voice on the phone was sultry, beguiling - and the words spoken sent terror through John Warren's heart. John Warren really missed his luscious wife, Frances, when she was on vacation. But her return marked the beginning of the longest, and most terrifying, night of John's life. It started with the sound of gunshots punctuating the night air and would not end until John had fought his way through a poisonous maze of blackmail, adultery, and murder.


Printing History
Written by Charles Williams (1909-1975)

Fawcet Gold Medal
#1200
1962

as Confidentially Yours
Penguin Books
1983

Mysterious Press
2012

Friday, May 1, 2015

Crimson Friday by Dorothy Cameron Disney


Cover by Gerald Gregg
Printing History
Written by Dorothy Cameron Disney (1903-1992)

Robert Hale Ltd
1945

Dell Books
#137
1947

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Weeping On Wednesday by Ann Purser

Lois Meade Mystery


Working mother and owner of a cleaning business, Lois has just hired on the daughter of the Abrahams, an eccentric, reclusive family. But when strange letters and omens put everyone on edge, Lois wonders if the rumors about the Abrahams are the key to a terrible secret.

Printing History
Written by Ann Purser (1933-) 

Severn House Publishers
June 2004

Berkley Books
February 2005

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Die Anytime, After Tuesday! by Carter Brown

Maybe the threat on the comedian's life was only a joke.
But who wants to give a murderer the last laugh?


 A part-time lesbian
A sex-happy starlet
A shy nympho
A topless virgin
Robert McGinnis Cover
Chief suspects in a sadistic plot to murder comedian Sam Sorel before the week is out. Which of these women sent the nightmarish warning? Which women would stop at nothing short of murder to take revenge for the sick comic's moist cruel and unnatural joke? Rick Holman, Hollywood's one man vice squad, has three wild days to explore every curve and angle. Dodging bullets, fists and flying clothes in his pursuit of the body most likely to succeed.

Printing History

Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

 
Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #147 (1969)

New American Library
Signet Books
T5175 (June 1969)