Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blast From The Past #4

Blast From The Past #4

The Way Some People Die (1951)
by Ross Mcdonald

Mrs. Samuel Lawrence gives Lew Archer 50 dollars for one day of his time to find her daughter Galatea. Archer soon discovers she was married to a small-time mobster named Joe Tarantine. And shortly after that, a big-time mobster offers him five thousand to find Tarantine. The investigation quickly gains a body count and Lew is constantly drawn from Los Angeles, to Palm Springs, San Francisco, and back again, trying to tie together details that seem as random as they are violent.

Printing History
Written by Kenneth Millar (1915-1983)


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blast From The Past #3

Blast From The Past #3

The Roman Hat Mystery (1929)
by Ellery Queen

The poisoning of a disreputable lawyer named Monte Field in the Roman Theater in New York City during a performance of a play called "Gunplay!". Although the play is a sold-out hit, the corpse is discovered seated surrounded by empty seats. A number of suspects whose pasts had made them potentially susceptible to blackmail are in the theater at the time, some connected with the Roman Theater and some audience members. The case is investigated by Inspector Richard Queen of the Homicide Squad with the assistance of his son Ellery. The principal clue in the mystery is the disappearance of the victim's top hat, and it is suspected that the hat may have contained papers with which the victim was blackmailing the murderer.

Printing History
Written by Frederic Dannay (1905-1982) and Manfred Bennington Lee (1905–1971)

USA Edition
Frederick A. Stokes

UK Edition

copyright 1929 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Blast From The Past #2

Blast From The Past #2

The Blonde (1958)
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

The blonde play girl  knew too much and talked too much
So somebody decided to silence her...........permanently

Grant Roberts Cover

When a blonde Hollywood party girl who has been to one too wild brawl too many agrees to tell all on a candid TV show, somebody blows her up before she can name names coast to coast. This leaves  free wheeling California cop, Al Wheeler to pick up the pieces as he treads his way through a labyrinth of beauties in a hot and heady chase to catch the killer. 

Lee Manning, filmland Romeo, committed suicide after a Hollywood bash. Or did he? Georgia Brown, babbling blonde, could tell what really happened. But would she? Paula Reid, demon TV interviewer,m was going to spill the facts on her TV show. But could she? Before the story got a chance to sizzle the airwaves, a killer stepped in and stopped George Brown dead. So Pine City Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler plays a near fatal role in an underground production of murder.

Printing History

Horwitz Editions
Numbered Series #67 August 1958
International Edition #2 February1961
International Edition #58 May 1969
Horwitz Double #5a 1979

New American Library
Signet Books
#1565 November 1958
#1565 (Canada) December 1958
S1972 May 1961
D3297 1967
Signet Double (E8961) December 1979
Signet Double (Canada) 1979
Signet Double (AE1703) August 1982

Bonus Covers





Sunday, April 13, 2014

Blast From The Past #1

Blast From The Past #1

The Human Time Bomb (1969)
Written by William L Rhodes

Mr Judas Returns

Something strange was going on at the Reed-Farben chemical plant. Something that threatened the United States' entire defense system, something evil. No one outside knew what it was. And if they did, they would not talk. And if they talked, they did not live long. If AXE did not have answers soon, it would be too late. That is when Nick Carter moved in. On a mountain girl with the right connections, on a beautiful Germany scientist with highly classified secrets, on an impossible mission where violence and murder were standard operating procedure and the horrible resemblance between persons living and dead was everything buy coincidental. Nick is to match wits with his arch enemy, 

George Gross Cover
Printing History
Written by William L Rhodes

Award Edition
1st (A456X) July 1969
2nd (A456X) August 1970
3rd (AQ1474) July 1975
Charter (441-34909) August 1981

Tandem Edition
1st (4167) 1969
Reprint (5426) 1970
Reprint (7405) 1971, December 1972
Reprint (426-17320)
Star Reprint (352-30485) 1979

This title was originally posted on January 25th 2011

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Is It Summer Yet?

Is It Summer Yet?

With the weather in the 70's all week here, I have been bike riding four times this week. I took this picture on Friday  morning in the middle of my 15 mile ride in south east Denver. The two mountains have quite a bit of snow s they had been dumped with lots of snow. Maybe e will skip spring and head on into summer. But Sunday's forecast is a high of 39 with rain and or snow.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Can Ladies Kill? by Peter Cheyney

The fourth title in the Lemmy Caution series 

In the morgue office there ain't anybody there at all. One goes through the office into the corpse room.Switch on the light and there one starts pulling out the trays with the stiffs on. The morgue was found alright. He was in number five trying to look sorta surprised. Which he was entitled to be .....somebody had shot this guy three times.

Printing History
Written by Reginald Evelyn Peter Southouse Cheyney (1896-1951)

William Collins, Sons & Co. Ltd. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Death And Taxes by David Dodge

Introducing, James “Whit” Whitney, as a tax accountant turned detective in 1940s San Francisco.

 San Francisco tax accountant James “Whit” Whitney is summoned home from a vacation in Santa Cruz to help his partner recover a hefty tax refund for a beautiful blonde client named Marian Wolff. When he returns to his office, Whit finds his partner, George MacLeod, dead in the firm’s vault, with a small hole in the bridge of his nose. In order to complete the tax return and uncover the murderer, Whit becomes a reluctant detective and nearly gets himself killed in the process.

Printing History
Written by David F Dodge (1910-1974)

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1941
London: Michael Joseph, 1947
New York: Popular Library, 1948 (PL 168)
Eugene, Or.: Bruin Books, 2010 (Bruin Crimeworks)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Murder On High by Carter Brown

Beauty, The Beast, and Square Daddy

When San Fransisco lawyer Randall Roberts went looking for "Calvin" Sandra Stillwell, a hip, back to nature virgin beauty and no so incidentally heiress to a small fortune he didn't expect his search to take him through the orgiastic den of an apeman. But if the beast could steer him to his beauty, who was he to complain, especially when the apeman's harem was his for the loving So off to the commune, where Randall found himself bedazzled by "Calvin's" virginal beauty and the psychedelic smoke clouds her commune buddies blew his way. But behind the clouds the corpses began piling up, and the commune brothers crash landed from the worst trips kids could take, a needle in the arm and a deadly dose of big H to the heart. And suddenly find the heiress became find the heroin before big H found Square Daddy Roberts for keeps...!

Bonus Covers

Vietnam (2003)

 Norway (1974)

Germany (1974)

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered Series #170 1973
ISBN 7255 0225

New American Library
Signet Books
T 5249 April 1973

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Polo Solo by Jerry Kennealy

A Nick Polo Mystery

Nick Polo, a San Francisco-based, smart and slick private eye, sometimes bends the rules to get what he wants. But now he's in prison for bending the rules a bit too far, and he is given an ultimatum: The mayor of San Francisco is being blackmailed and no one can help her because even the cops may be involved. If Polo wants to get out of jail and get his P.I. license back, he's got to find out who's behind the scam, stop it, and tell no one. His investigation takes him from the luxurious resort areas of Sonoma County to the dangerous drug-and-pornography underworld of San Francisco's inner city. His suspects range from the seediest petty criminals and hit men to the most powerful men in the municipal government. As the investigation intensifies, and the pieces fall into place, there becomes only one thing Polo is sure of: he'd gladly go back to jail, if he could only get there alive.

Printing History
Written by Jerry Kennealy (1938- )

St Martin's Press
ISBN 312 00671
July 1987

ISBN 312 91074
February 1988

Speaking Volumes
E Book
February 2013

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Streets Of San Fransisco (1972-1977)

The Streets Of San Fransisco

The show revolved around two police officers who investigated homicides in San Francisco. The center of the series was a veteran cop and widower, Lt Mike Stone, who had more than twenty years of police experience and was now assigned to the Homicide Detail of SFPD's Bureau of Inspectors. He was partnered with a young, plainclothes detective, Assistant Inspector Steve Keller, a college graduate who had no experience in the police force.

Karl Malden as Det. Lt. Mike Stone
Michael Douglas as Inspector Steve Keller (1972-1976)
Richard Hatch as Inspector Dan Robbins (1976-1977)

September 16th 1972

Season One
September 23rd 1972 to April 12th 1973

Season Two
September 13th 1974 to March 14th 1974

Season Three
September 1974 to March 1975

Season Four
September 11th 1975 to March 18th 1976

Season Five
September 30th 1976 to June 9th 1977

 January 27th 1992