Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Big Lie by Hank Janson

Printing History
Written by Reginald Howard Carter

Alexander Moring Ltd 
July 1956

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When Eight Bells Toll by Alister MacLean

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.

Printing History
Written by Alistair Stuart MacLean (1922-1987)

HarperCollins (UK)1966
Doubleday (USA) 1966
Fontana (UK) 1967

The Film

 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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fat Tuesday by Earl Emerson

Thomas Black Mystery #4

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.

Printing History
Written by Earl W Emerson (1948- )

William Morrow & Company
January 1987
ISBN 688 06770

Ballantine Books
June 1988
ISBN 345 35223

January 2013

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Scandal In 1907

1907 Scandal

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)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

4th Anniversary

4th Anniversary

Today is this blog's 4th anniversary

Thanks for all the support and comments

Looking forward to another year

The original post from this date in 2010

Bonus Cover
Transport Publishing Company
for and on behalf of Horwitz Publications, Inc

Novelette Series
"Lovely" Mystery

Saturday, September 13, 2014

USA Fiction Challenge: Mississippi

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.

Printing History
 Written by James Patterson & Richard DiLallo

Little Brown and Company
August 2009
ISBN 316 07062

Vision Paperback
December 2010
ISBN 446 55778

Friday, September 12, 2014

Delilah Was Deadly (II) by Carter Brown

An Al Wheeler Mystery

 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?
Cover by Moria Bertram
Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

Horwitz Publications, Inc

Numbered Series #22
August 1956

Second Collector's Series
Volume 1 #25
May 1959
w/ Meet Miss Mayhem

This title was originally posted on November 29, 2010
Delilah Was Deadly by Carter Brown 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Deadlock by Sara Paretsky

V. I. Warshawski #2

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.

Printing History
Written by Sara Paretsky (1947- )

Dial Press
January 1984
ISBN 385 27933

 Dell Books
December 1984
ISBN 345 31954

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Deep Sea Death by Jack Garside

N3 Subverts A Lethal Underwater Empire!

Killmaster #254
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....

Printing History
Written by Jack Garside (1924- )

Berkley Publishing Group
Jove Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 515 10153
October 1989

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Outcasts Of Poker Flat by Bret Harte

The Outcasts Of Poker Flat by Bret Harte

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. 

Printing History
Written by Francis Bret Harte (1836-1902)

Overland Monthly
January 1869

The Films
1919 with Harry Carey

1937 with Preston Foster

1952 with Dale Robertson