Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Long Time No Leola (II) by Carter Brown

She was Hollywood
She was Sex
She was gone, really gone

 Why would a movie queen do a disappearing act when she could make a killing at home? 
Robert McGinnis Cover
The nasty old millionaire had a nasty yen. He owned a print of every one of Leola's movies and he slavered over them night after night. But that was not enough for a man who could afford everything. So when the sex queen of Hollywood disappeared, private eye Rick Holman looked for the millionaire and found him, and Leola, on a Riviera yacht. Watching movies. The distracted husband screamed white slavery. But Rick figured the setup was whitewash, for something much more deadly. And that was when someone decided that Holman was just too smart to live....!


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

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #138 (1967)

New American Library
Signet Books
D3190 (July 1967)
Y6684 (1975)

 Bonus Covers




This title was originally published in September 2011

Monday, August 25, 2014

USA Fiction Challenge: Michigan

We are rolling along on the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge

 The Next Stop
The State of Michigan

 Angel Eyes 
by Loren D. Estleman

Ann Maringer is a go-go dancer with a problem. Her life is in danger and she is certain that her end is coming very soon.

An exotic dancer by the name of Ann Maringer is in danger, she is scared and sure someone is out to get her. She turns to Amos Walker a private-eye from Detroit but then she disappears and Walker is out to find out what happened and where she is at.

Printing History
Written by Loren D. Estleman (195- )

Houghton Mifflin
September 1981
ISBN 395 31558

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kojak (1973-1978)

"Who loves ya, baby?"

 The series was set in the New York City Police Department's Eleventh Precinct Manhattan South Patrol Borough. The show revolved around the efforts of the tough and incorruptible Lieutenant Theodore ("Theo") Kojak a bald, dapper, policeman, who was fond of Tootsie Roll Pops and using the catchphrase, "Who loves ya, baby?" Kojak was stubborn and tenacious in his investigation of crimes, cynical wit, and aa tendency to bend the rules if it brought a criminal to justice.

Telly Savalas as Lieutenant Theodore "Theo" Kojak
Dan Frazer as Captain Frank McNeil (Kojak's boss)
Kevin Dobson as Detective Robert "Bobby" Crocker
George Savalas as Sergeant Heathcliff "Fatso" Stavros
Mark Russell as Detective Percy Saperstein
Vince Conti as Detective Lionel Rizzo
 Created by Abby Mann

Series aired 
October 24, 1973, to March 18, 1978
118 Episodes

Saturday, August 23, 2014

52 Pick Up by Elmore Leonard

In a game of sex and blackmail the only way to win was murder

Detroit businessman Harry Mitchell had only one affair in his twenty-two years of happy matrimony. Unfortunately, someone caught his indiscretion on film and now wants Harry to fork over one hundred grand to keep it a secret. And if Harry doesn’t pay up, the blackmailer and his associates plan to press a lot harder. Up to and including murder, if necessary. But the psychos picked the wrong person for their murderous scam. Because Harry Mitchell doesn’t get mad...he gets even.

Printing History
Written by Elmore John Leonard, Jr. (1925-2013)

Delacorte Press
The Film

Directed by
John Frankenheimer

Roy Scheider
John Glover
Kelly Preston

Friday, August 22, 2014

Triple by Ken Follett

In 1968, a secret arms race begins in the Middle East. Which nation will build a nuclear bomb first? Double and even triple agents steal each other's secrets, and the Israelis mount an incredible mission to hijack nuclear material 

As the nuclear arms race escalates in the Middle East, the Mossad, KGB, Egyptians, and Fedayeen terrorists will play out the final violent moves in a devastating game where the price of failure is nuclear holocaust...

The world's balance of power is about to shift dangerously as the ultimate weapon nears completion in a secret facility in the heart of the desert. Across the globe, operatives from the great nations set a deadly game in motion, covertly maneuvering pawns and kings to achieve a frightening advantage--while terrorists and their hunters prepare for the contest's final, bloody moves. And one man--a razor-sharp master of disguise, deceit, and triple-cross--must somehow do the impossible: steal 200 tons of uranium without any of the other players discovering the theft.

Printing History
Written by Ken Follett (1949- ) 

Arbor House 
October 1979 
ISBN 877 95223 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Set-Up For a Sinner by Marc Brody

She was the darling of all dames, a curvy countess in the middle of murder

Elena Ziravello was the darling of all dames, a curvy countess in the middle of murder. And she didn't have an alibi when her boyfriend was found with a bullet in his body and another in his head. Marc could not make her talk so he concentrated on the other suspects. Manuel Aquino, who had a peculiar skill with guns and knives. High pressure racketeer Kurt Lorenz, whose hired guns did his dirty work. These guys were alibi experts and left Marc wondering who was the killer and when would he strike again. Marc didn't have to wait long, he was next on the list......

Printing History
Written by W. H. ‘Bill’ Williams

Horwitz Publications Inc.
for and on behalf of Transport Publishing Company

Marc Brody Series
April 1957

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Detour by Martin Goldsmith

Alex Roth is a musician who thumbs it out for L.A. with the woman of his dreams. Things hit a snag when the bookmaking driver Alex flags down, suddenly ends up dead.

Printing History
Written by Martin M. Goldsmith (1913-1994)

The Macaulay Company

The Film

Tom Neal as Al Roberts
Ann Savage as Vera
Claudia Drake as Sue Harvey
Edmund MacDonald as Charles Haskell Jr
Tim Ryan as Nevada Diner Proprietor
Esther Howard as Holly, Diner Waitress
Don Brodie as the Used Car Salesman
Pat Gleason as Joe

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Law Of The Lion by Shelly Loewenkopf

Global Mayhem Is Their Specialty
Nick Carter Is Their Enemy

Killmaster #252
They're a mercenary elite who'll take on any job. The more murderously spectacular the better, if the price is right. But their ultimate purpose isn't wealth, it's power in it's most raw and devastating form. They call themselves the Law of the Lion. Their base is the treacherous jungle of Central America And they hold no loyalty to any cause but their own. They're the most awesome terror army the world ever faced. And challenging them on their own turf is like diving into a pool of blood in shark filled waters. Only Nick Carter would try it. Only Nick Carter could win.

Printing History
Written by Shelly Loewenkopf  (1931- )

Berkley Publishing Group
Jove Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 515 10108
August 1989

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan

Responsible for bringing to the general public's attention the full extent of Operation Market Garden, including the errors and miscalculations, while highlighting the extreme bravery of the participants.

The story of a failed Allied attempt to break through German lines at Arnhem across the river Rhine in occupied Netherlands during World War II. Code named Operation Market Garden as set in September 1944. The title of the book comes from a comment made by British Lt. Gen. Frederick Browning, who was the deputy commander of the First Allied Airborne Army. He told Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery before the operation, "I think we may be going a bridge too far."

Printing History
Written by Cornelius Ryan (1920-1974)

Simon & Schuster
ISBN 684 80330
 The Film
Richard Attenborough
  Dirk Bogarde James Caan Michael Caine Sean Connery
Edward Fox
Elliott Gould  
Anthony Hopkins Gene Hackman Hardy Kr├╝ger Laurence Olivier
Ryan O'Neal  
Wolfgang Preiss
Robert Redford Maximilian Schell
Liv Ullmann

Sunday, August 17, 2014

USA Fiction Challenge: Massachusetts

We are rolling along on the Eastern Seaboard in the USA Fiction Challenge

 The Next Stop
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Promised Land
by Robert B Parker

Spenser is hired by Harvey Shepard to find his runaway wife, Pam. He soon locates her, but promises not to force her to return to her husband against her will. He begins to suspect that Harvey Shepard has been threatened by a big-time loan shark by the name of King Powers. Spenser leaves when he sees Hawk at Shepard's house. Harvey fires Spenser because Spenser refuses to disclose Pam's location. Pam soon becomes entangled in a bank robbery that resulted in the shooting death of a bank guard and calls Spenser for help. Spenser's dilemma is that he wants to reunite Harvey and Pam while also making sure that culprits go down for the bank guard's murder while simultaneously setting up King Powers to go to prison. He has to do all this while somehow managing to keep the Shepards and himself out of jail and still alive.

Printing History
Written by Robert B Parker (1932-2010)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN 395-24771

This title was adapted into the pilot episode of Spenser: For Hire

TV Series
Spenser For Hire (1985-1988)

Robert Urich (1946-2002)
Avery Brooks
Barbara Stock
Ron McLarty
Carolyn McCormick
Richard Jaeckel (1926-1997)