Sunday, October 16, 2016

Point Of No Return (1993)

Point of No Return (1993)
A violent and unstable female drug addict is found guilty of murdering a police officer, and is sentenced to death by lethal injection. Her death is faked, and a secret government agency informs her that she is to become an assassin. She is given a makeover and training that transform her into a beautiful woman, and she is also trained as a killer. Her career as an assassin goes well at first. Then, after a mission goes awry, the agency sends out a "cleaner" to kill everyone and destroy the bodies.

Bridget Fonda as Maggie Hayward/Claudia Anne Doran/Nina
Gabriel Byrne as Bob
Dermot Mulroney as J.P.
Anne Bancroft as Amanda
Harvey Keitel as Victor
Miguel Ferrer as Kaufman
Olivia d'Abo as Angela
Richard Romanus as Fahd Bakhtiar
Lorraine Toussaint as Beth
Remake of the 1990 film Nikita.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Murder Is My Mistress by Carter Brown

This book is my selection for a 1954 book for the Crimes of the Century meme, hosted by Rich at Past Offences. Every month he designates a year and bloggers contribute a post on a crime fiction book (or film, TV, comics, or short story) published in that year.

Murder Is My Mistress

Julian Cross is hired to find out the death of a dog. He would not have done it except for the money. He meets the suspects at a party that produced something new out of a box, called a murder. A screwball murder, as he told his employer. A bunch of screwballs they were. Sylvia Stamford, a silver blonde who never stopped acting when she left the stage. Johnny Zoan, an ex-racketeer. Theresa Boon, a sultry blonde with the beat of tom-toms in her voice. Juliet, a tall redhead and every inch of her a women. Jeff Peters, the guy people flattered when they call him a moron. Helen Mills, the girl with the horn-rimmed glasses with a burning need for a psychiatrist. And D'Aguerri, who was even more irritating as a memory than he had every been when he was alive. But Cross is not undaunted as no blonde can side track him for more than a couple days at a time. No gun at his ribs can give him hysterics as he gets them as soon as he sights the gunman. When he finally tracks down the murderer, he stands his ground as there is no place else to run.

 Murder Is My Mistress (Julian Cross)
December 1954 by Associated General Publications (Hard Cover)
1955 by Horwitz Publications Numbered Series #8
1960 by Horwitz Publications Reprint By Demand Series #19

 Bonus Cover

This title was originally posted on January 9th 2011, in a sightly different format

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Out and About

Out and about on a very nice sunny Sunday morning bike ride ride.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering those people who died while serving in the United States' armed forces.  It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season.

Some Quotes

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." by George Washington.

"For love of country they accepted death." by James A. Garfield.

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." by John F. Kennedy.
"I only regret that i have but one life to lose for my country." by Nathan Hale.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Honey West (1965-1966)

Starred Anne Francis as female private detective Honey West and John Ericson as her partner, Sam Bolt. The series was based on a series of noels created by Gloria and Forrest E.Fickling under the pseudonym “G.G. Fickling” in the late 1950s. Honey West was one of the first female private eyes to ever appear on television.was intended to be the American equivalent of the popular characters Emma Peel and Cathy Gale in the British series The Avengers. Anne Francis first played West in the second season episode of Burke’s Law, entitled “Who Killed the Jackpot?”, broadcast on April 21, 1965, this led to this series being commissioned as a spin-off. 

Anne Francis (1930-2011) as Honey West
John Ericson (1926- ) as Sam Bolt
Irene Hervey (1909-1998) as Aunt Meg

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Flesh Of The Orchid by James Hadley Chase

Sequel to No Orchids For Miss Blandish

Carol Blandish was the daughter of Miss Blandish and a maniac killer. She was beautiful and was the heir to six million dollar. And she was a prisoner in a mental home. All she had to do to inherit the money was to escape, and stay out for fourteen days.... But a whole lot other people were after the Blandish fortune and that meant after Carol. Once outside the mental home, she found herself mixed up in a deadly hide and seek of violence and sudden death...... There was Roy Larson, who couldn't keep his hands off that beautiful body. And there were the Sullivans, professional killers who'd rather have their hands on the money.....

Printing History
Written by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond (1906-1985)

Jarrolds Publishers Ltd.

Transworld Publishers Limited
Corgi Books
ISBN 552 10858
Reprinted 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982

Monday, February 22, 2016

Nerve by Dick Francis

by Dick Francis

Rob Finn was a bit of a misfit, a struggling young jockey in a family of accomplished musicians and a man in love with a beautiful woman who wouldn't have him. He suddenly looked like a rider who had lost his nerve. Could it be that the horses were unusually sluggish, and that there was something more sinister attempting to sabotage him...?

Robert Finn watches a fellow steeplechase jockey blow his brains out in the parade ring at Dunstable races, just before a race. As Finn and the other jockeys cope with the stress of their jobs, other incidents lead him to conclude that someone is trying to destroy the lives of jockeys all over England. Finn is not the average jockey. He is the only child of famous virtuoso musicians, and the single family member to not be gifted musically, he followed a different path than that of his family's vocation. He has inherited other skills that will help him as he unravels a sad and warped trail. And he has been remarkably successful jockey for a man with only 2 years experience. Soon, he is the next target. A losing streak that lasts weeks threatens his job until he takes it upon himself to do a little sleuthing and uncovering the identity of the culprit. Now, Finn wants his revenge, and he takes his time setting it up.

Printing History
Written by Richard Stanley Francis (1920-2010)

Michael Joseph Ltd

Friday, February 12, 2016

Miss Called Murder by Carter Brown

Miss Called Murder

Joe Stanton is the sort of refined private eye, all four eyes are, including his hornrims. If he had only stayed sober he would never been mixed up in this thing in the first place. Sober, Joe wouldn't have found the corpse, he wouldn't have had to listen to all that modern poetry that does not rhyme. He wouldn't even have had that Lieutenant not trusting Joe and that racketeer not trusting him either.  Joe would not have had that Bugsy Jones breathing down his back while he rammed his gun into Joe's spine. Joe wouldn't have even met that lush brunette with the figure 8. Has one ever tried to get rid of a corpse? One might be embarrassed a little because it's the second corpse in ones apartment inside of two days? Then, maybe one would like to stand in for Joe......

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

Horwitz Publications Inc

Novel Series

Second Collectors' Series 
Volume 1 #13
Reprint by Demand Series

Friday, February 5, 2016

Dr Phibes Rises Again (1972)

Dr Phibes Rises Again!

Long believed dead, Anton Phibes arises from a state of suspended animation, in search of the means to bring his deceased wife back to the land of the living. With the aid of the enigmatic, never-speaking Vulnavia, Phibes follows an Egyptian expedition, seeking out an ancient elixir of life and killing everyone who gets in his way. In the original film, all of the doctor's grisly but ingenious murders were motivated, and all were linked by a Seven Deadly Plagues throughline. In the sequel, Phibes kills whenever he feels like it, and utilizes an impressive array of death-dealing contraptions. This marks one of the only films ever made to wrap with Vincent Price singing "Somewhere, Over the Rainbow".

Vincent Price as Dr. Anton Phibes
Robert Quarry as Darius Biederbeck
Valli Kemp as Vulnavia
Peter Jeffrey as Inspecter Trout
Fiona Lewis as Diana Trowbridge
Hugh Griffith as Harry Ambrose
Peter Cushing as Captain
Beryl Reid as Miss Ambrose
Terry-Thomas as Lombardo

Monday, February 1, 2016

A Job Of Murder by Frank Gruber

Blonde Bait Traps A Killer

The body behind the barrel
The corpse of a man lay in a corner of the fifth floor of the giant Towner Leather Company factory. Certainly enough to upset the routine in any factory, much less one just invaded by two zany operatives, Johnny Fletcher and Sam Gragg. They signed up for manual labor and were handed murder instead. Fletcher takes command and gives all the suspicious characters the once over, from Boss Harry Towner on down to a particularly tempting phone operator. Then he sets a trap that was sure to catch the killer.

Printing History
Written by Frank Gruber (1904-1969)

Signet Books

Original Title
The Leather Duke