Monday, January 15, 2018

Have A Change Of Scene by James Hadley Chase

Have A Change Of Scene

It isn't often a diamond expert from Paradise City becomes an unpaid welfare worker in a poor, industrial town like Luceville. But Larry Carr had gone there for a purely selfish reason, to help him forget the terrible tragedy which had ruined his life and career. At first the dirt and dishonesty of the town appalled him, but them slowly, he became a part of it. He found himself enjoying the violence and the terror of like in the slums. But most of all he enjoyed being the slave of red haired Rhea Morgan, a sensual beauty whose profession was crime. Obsessed by Rhea, Larry agreed to steal a diamond necklace for her worth 1.5 million dollars, but he hadn't bargained on committing murder too......

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

Robert Hale 

Corgi Books
ISBN 552 09648

Bonus Covers

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Date With A Dead Man by Brett Halliday

Mike Shayne
The Private Eye With  Top Form
Dives In A Case Of Mysteriously Missing Persons
And A Couple Of Million Bucks

The Nifty Nympho
She was rich but not rich enough, married but hungry for lovers, and would happily liquefy herself into oblivion at the pop of a cork. Mike Shayne was the solution to all her problems if she mixed her business and pleasure tight. A simple concoction of bribery and bed. But Shayne wouldn't buy it. All he wanted were some fast answers to some easy questions, not the least important of which was why a not so nice girl like that had made a date with a dead man.

Printing History
Written by Davis Dresser (1904-1977)

Dodd, Mead & Co

John Long

Dell Publishing 
September 1960 
Robert McGinnis Cover
February 1967
Robert McGinnis Cover
July 1974

Friday, January 5, 2018

Alias The Saint by Leslie Charteris

The Saint

Professor Ramses Smith-Smyth-Smythe of Timbuctoo was a firm believer in the cheerful hospitality of the English countryside, until he registered for the night at the Beacon Inn, where: first his waiter fed him knock out drops, and then the chauffeur wrecked his car, and then the porter ransacked his bags.

Of course, the fact that Professor Smythe was 
Alias The Saint
Might have had some effect on the temperature of his welcome

And before the night was over, Simon Templar managed to put just a little more tarnish on his notorious halo. All in the cause of Truth and Justice of course!

Printing History
Written by Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin (1907-1993)

Hodder and Stoughton 
May 1931
Includes the short stories:
The Story of a Dead Man
The Impossible Crime
The National Debt

Ace Charter Books 
January 1980
ISBN 441 01350
Includes the short stories:
The National Debt
The Man Who Could Not Die

Bonus Cover

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Spook Legion by Kenneth Robeson

Doc Savage #16

The entire city of New York is a swept up in a wave of terror, as an evil international conspiracy devises a crime so sinister that only Doc Savage and his five mighty cohorts can halt its fiendish plot. Led by a phantom master criminal that stultifying  supernatural powers, the conspiracy sets trap after trap for Doc. Finally, in a fantastic underground empire, the fearless bronze giant and his courageous crew must fight for their lives against a diabolical enemy that can not even be seen.

Printing History
Written by Lester Dent (1904-1959)

Doc Savage Magazine
Volume 5 No 2
April 1935

Bantam Books
Bantam Fifty
March 1967

Friday, December 29, 2017

Living Death (1982 Edition) by Jon Messman

Near Fine Copy

 Printing History
Written by Jon Messman (1920-2004)

Award Books

Charter Books
ISBN 441 48541
January 1982

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, And Real Cool Cats

Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, And Real Cool Cats

The first comprehensive account of how the rise of postwar youth culture was depicted in mass-market pulp fiction. As the young created new styles in music, fashion, and culture, pulp fiction shadowed their every move, hyping and exploiting their behavior, dress, and language for mass consumption and cheap thrills. With their lurid covers and wild, action-packed plots, these books reveal as much about society’s deepest desires and fears as they do about the subcultures themselves. Featuring approximately 400 full-color covers, many of them never before reprinted, along with 70 in-depth author interviews, illustrated biographies, and previously unpublished articles, the book goes behind the scenes to look at the authors and publishers, how they worked, where they drew their inspiration and, often overlooked, the actual words they wrote. It is a must read for anyone interested in pulp fiction, lost literary history, retro and sub-cultural style, and the history of postwar youth culture.

Printing History
edited by Andrew Nette and Iain McIntyre 

December 2017
PM Press

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas

The Christmas Day Murder 
by Lee Harris

Christine Bennett #3
Former nun Christine Bennett is looking forward to the christening of her friend Maddie's baby. But when she goes to the church basement of the town that was flooded out thirty years before, Christine stumbles upon the skeletal remains of a body, the grim result of a thirty-year old murder. Trying to sort out the sordid puzzle from the past, Christine manages to unravel the dark secrets of the once close-knit community, and also reveals a killer who's not afraid to kill again....

Printing History
Written by Syrell Leahy (1935- )

Fawcett Books
ISBN 449 148718 
September 1993 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Lancer Double Trouble

Lancer Double Trouble

Joy House
by Day Keene 

He Was Hunted By The Cops
The Mob
And A Man Hungry Woman

Man On The Run 
A hunted man has nowhere to run, but Mark had to run, into the arms of a man hungry woman who offered him a haven of lust and greed.

City Of Sin
Milton K. Ozaki
The Story Of What Women And Greed Can Do To An American Town

A Town On The Loose
Pete brought his bride home to a city run riot with every conceivable corruption. She had a  honeymoon no decent girl ever dreamed of, in a town no honest man ever lived in.

Printing History
Lancer Books 
February 1956

Joy House
by Day Keene
1954 by Day Keene

City Of Sin
(Murder Honeymoon)
by Milton K Ozaki
1952 by Hanro Corp

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Down Town- And Dead by Marc Brody

Downtown And Dead

The first time Marc Brody saw Bella Cadena she was asleep, in his bed. It was 4 a.m. and he was tired until Bella woke up. She was a student of yoga and hypnotism, and what happened to Marc when Bella started to solve the mysterious kidnapping of heiress Vicki Jarman is strictly for the psychoanalyst, but she was beautiful. Brody didn't mind the cooperating but what he didn't like was the killing attention of hoodlums who figured he knew too much. While Marc was playing tag with gunmen he had to solve a downtown murder that was somehow involved with an African mystery and blackmail, and a 5 million dollar fortune. Which was nothing to what happened when Brody found four women in his apartment, each one waiting for the other wanted.....

Printing History
Written by W. H. "Bill" Williams

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Unnumbered Series
July 1956

Thursday, December 14, 2017

This Way To Hell by Spike Morelli

This Way To Hell

Cover by Reginald Heade
When dames get tough anything can happen and usually does. Shaun O'Malley, slick, confident shamus, finds that he is up against a syndicate that is completely merciless in which women play a major part. Free-lance agents, who's sell their own mothers, and whom no country would own, are seeking secret information in the U.S. Vice and murder walk hand in hand as they make contacts with the underworld. The breathtaking Julie, who has a figure that would make even Venus de Milo hide in shame, and who would risk anything in the adventurous arms of a ruthless killer, finds O'Malley too tough to handle. Shaun likes his women and likes them beautiful, but there are limits to which he won't go. He'll take what he can get when he can, but there can't be strings attached. From ship to shore, from Chicago to Chicago, it's rough tough going all the way and he has to use his wits to keep alive.

Printing History
 Written by William Simpson Newton (1923-2009)

 Leisure Library
October 1952