This is the place to showcase my book collection of primarily of Nick Carter and Carter Brown books. I started collecting with these two authors back in 1980 while on a fishing trip with my father and grandfather to Northern Minnesota.
Philip Calvert, a ruthless agent for Britain's secret service, outwits a gang of modern pirates operating on the Irish Sea.
Secret agent Phillip Calvert is sent to investigate the hijacking of five cargo ships in the Irish Sea Phillip manages to track the latest hijacked ship, the Nantesville, to the Scottish Highlands and the sleepy port town of Torbay. The cargo ship was carrying £8 million in gold bullion. He boards the ship under cover of night and finds that two agents planted aboard have been murdered. The chief suspect is shipping magnate Sir Anthony Skouros. His yacht is anchored in Torbay. Operating out of his own yacht Firecrest, Calvert is joined by Skouros's wife, Charlotte, and by his boss Sir Arthur Arnford-Jason, known as "Uncle Arthur". Calvert's frantic search for the hijackers and for the hostages they
hold takes him over the remote isles and sea lochs and forces him to
make allies of some unlikely locals.
Written by Alistair Stuart MacLean (1922-1987)
Doubleday (USA) 1966
Fontana (UK) 1967
Directed by Etienne Perier
Anthony Hopkins as Philip Calvert Robert Morley as Uncle Arthur Nathalie Delon as Charlotte Jack Hawkins as Sir Anthony Skouras Corin Redgrave as Hunslett Derek Bond as Lord Charnley
When Fred Pugsley receives a dead rattlesnake in the mail, ex-Seattle
cop Thomas Black and his friend, lawyer Kathy Birchfield, are called in
to investigate. But when they get there, Fred is dead, and his stunned
wife sits huddled in the kitchen, clutching a tool used on racing
bicycles the murder weapon. But the wife says she's innocent, and
suddenly there are plenty of other suspects. Just as Seattle stages its
own Mardi Gras, Thomas is getting ready for a wild blow-out of his own.
Early women's rights activist Annette Kellerman posed in this fitted,
one-piece bathing suit to protest the restrictive clothing of the day.
She arrested for indecency because of this picture. Australians can thank Annette Kellerman every time they take a swim. In
1905 she invented the streamlined one-piece swimming costume for women, a
liberating garment, which became her trademark. But more than that, she
re-awoke the pleasure of swimming for everyone including men, women and
children. Known as the Diving Venus and the Australian Mermaid, Annette
Kellerman (1887–1975) was an athlete as well as a vaudeville and movie
star, one of the most famous women of her day.
Kellerman set out to challenge the legal restrictions on women's bathing
clothes in the United States. In 1907, preparing for a promotional
coast swim, she was arrested for indecency on Revere Beach, Boston. She
was wearing one of her fitted one-piece costumes that had no skirt,
clung to her body and revealed her thighs. The judge accepted her
arguments in favor of swimming as healthy exercise and against
cumbersome bathing suits, provided she wore a robe until she entered the
water. Her arrest generated worldwide publicity. She continued to wear
her one-piece swimsuit in her stage shows and public swimming events.
Film Career The Bride of Lammermoor: A Tragedy of Bonnie Scotland (1909) Jephtah's Daughter: A Biblical Tragedy (1909) The Gift of Youth (1909) Entombed Alive (1909) Siren of the Sea (1911) The Mermaid (1911) Neptune's Daughter (1914) A Daughter of the Gods (1916) National Red Cross Pageant (1917) Queen of the Sea (1918) What Women Love (1920) Venus of the South Seas (1924)
The next stop on the USA Fiction Challenge is the state of Mississippi.
Alex Cross's Trial
by James Patterson & Richard DiLallo
Alex Cross has been told the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggle throughout the era of the Ku Klux Klan by his grandmother. Alex then recounts this tale to his children. A lawyer at the turn of the century, by the named of Ben Corbett, represents the toughest cases. Many of his cases are opposing racism and oppression, because of these cases he's fighting for, he risks the life of his wife and children. President Roosevelt asks Ben personally to go to his hometown to investigate upon rumors of the Ku Klux Klan's resurgence. Upon entering Eudora, Mississippi,
Corbett meets Abraham Cross and his granddaughter Moody. He
enlists their help and they introduce Corbett to the other
side of the idyllic southern town. Lynchings have become commonplace in
the town, and the black residents of the town live in constant fear. Ben
aims to break the reign of terror, but finding out who is behind it all
may break his heart.
Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler is assigned to a case involving a murder of
a guy strangled by a nylon girdle in a safe. Maybe the murderer wanted
him there for safekeeping? Commissioner Lavers needs an unorthodox cop
to solve this loony case. The idea was to assign the case to Wheeler to
solve it, but three murders later Al would like to call the cops but he
would look silly doing that. The only thing that made sense were the
dames all over the place, at Al's place, at their place. But who wants
to talk to a beautiful blonde, brunette, or redhead?
Vic goes to the Chicago port to find out about her cousin Boom Boom's
death. She believes that Boom Boom was killed. The police believe that
the ex-Black Hawks
hockey player died in an accident. Vic starts digging for motive and
evidence, but after two attempts on her life, she finally thinks she has the
murder solved but needs strong evidence. To get it, she goes to the
yacht of a shipping magnate. Vic is caught by the magnate while she is
gathering evidence against him and he confronts her and tells her she is
going to die.
A Canadian research vessel vanished, disappeared without a trace near a remote archipelago in the Pacific. AXE headquarters calls on Nick Carter "Killmaster" for a ruthless search and destroy that will squelch any attempts at brutal sabotage and avoid a major diplomatic crisis. But what Nick discovers is a deadly underwater empire. A masterwork of bioengineering ruled by a power hungry fanatic who plans to transform his kingdom into a world threatening nuclear power. And Agent N3 plans a ruthless attack of blood and violence beneath the sea....
Written by Jack Garside (1924- )
Berkley Publishing Group
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
The story takes place in a California community known as Poker Flat. The town has lost thousands of dollars and morals seem to be going down
as well. In an effort to save what is left of the town and reestablish
it as a virtuous place, a secret society is created to decide who to
exile and who to kill. The story begins on November 23, 1850 with four immoral people exiled
from Poker Flat. First of these immoral people is a professional
poker player named John Oakhurst. Oakhurst is among those sent away because of
his great success in winning in Poker Flat. On his
way out of town, he is joined by The Duchess, a saloon girl, Mother
Shipton, a madam and Uncle Billy who is the town drunk and a suspected
robber. The four set out for a camp which is a day's journey away, but halfway to their goal the party decides to stop for a rest at noon. While on the rest stop, the group is met by a pair of runaway lovers on
their way to Poker Flat to get married. Piney Woods is a
fifteen-year-old girl and her lover is Tom Simson, who is known as The
Innocent. A decision was made to stay the night together and Tom leads the group to a cabin he discovered where they spend the night. It is known that Uncle Billy is missing with their mules and horses. The group is forced to wait out a storm with provisions that would
only last another ten days. After a week in the cabin, Mother Shipton
dies. She had secretly and altruistically starved herself to save her
food for young Piney. Oakhurst advises Simson that he will have to go
for help. The law arrives at the cabin only to find the dead Duchess and Piney, embraced
in a peaceful repose. Then Oakhurst is found having committed suicide. He is found dead beneath a tree
with his Derringer's bullet in his heart.