Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Jerusalem File by Linda Stewart

I am back for another contribution to the Crimes of the Century meme, hosted by Rich at Past Offences. Every month he designates a year and bloggers contribute a post on a crime fiction book (or film, TV, comics, or short story) published in that year. This time around we are in the year 1975.
My contribution will be...........

The Jerusalem File
By Linda Stewart


Arab terrorists have kidnapped the world's ten wealthiest men and it is up to Nick Carter, "Killmaster", to find them.


Four Savage Men
Leonard Foxx: American millionaire, kidnapped in a bloody shootout.

Jackson Robey: AXE's man in Tel Aviv, found dead in an alley, knifed in the back.

Al Shaitan: Leader of a ruthless terror gang, missing along with a billion dollars in untraceable cash.

Nick Carter: Killmaster, N3, on a lethal mission to rescue the world's ten most important men.


Al Shaitan
Its name is "The Devil"
Its work is terror.
Its aim is....

No one knows its aim for sure
Not the CIA
Not AXE 
Not Nick Carter

It was Nick Carter's job to find out what Al Shaitan is after and just what kind of terror they think their ransom will buy.  But first Nick had to find Al Shaitan. For Nick there is only one sure fire way to find the enemy, walk into an alley and see who tries to kill you. Then make sure you kill them first.

Printing History
Written by Linda Stewart

Award AQ1400 1975
Charter  38951 1978 ($1.50)
Universal 426 18470 1978
Star 352 30666 1980

Monday, November 21, 2016

Licence Renewed by John Gardner

Relaunching the James Bond literary franchise

In 1979, Glidrose Publications approached John Gardner and asked him to revive Ian Fleming's James Bond series of novels. Gardner was tasked with updating James Bond and his allies and transporting them into the 1980s. Updating the time frame to the 1980s, Gardner's series picks up the career of James Bond some years after the Fleming novels ended.

 
When Licence Renewed begins, M reminds James Bond that the 00 section has in fact been abolished. But M retains Bond as a troubleshooter, telling him "You'll always be 007 to me". Bond is assigned to investigate one Dr. Anton Murik, a brilliant nuclear physicist who is thought to have been having meetings with a terrorist named Franco. Franco is identified and tracked by MI5 to a village in Scotland called Murcaldy. Since Murcaldy is outside of MI6's jurisdiction, the Director-General of MI5, Richard Duggan requests that M send Bond to survey Murik. Relying on information that MI5 did not have, M changes Bond's assignment to instead infiltrate Murik's Scottish castle and gain Murik's confidence. James Bond makes contact with Murik at Ascot Racecourse where he feigns a coincidental meeting, mentioning to Murik that he is a mercenary looking for work. Later, Bond joins Murik in Scotland at Murik's behest and is hired to kill Franco, for reasoning at the time unknown. Franco in turn has been tasked by Murik to kill his young ward, Lavender Peacock because she was the true heir to the Murik fortune, which could only be proved by secret documents kept in a hidden safe within the castle. Murik's plan is revealed to hijack six nuclear power plants around the world simultaneously with the aid of bands of terrorists supplied by Franco. To ensure that Murik can never be associated to this deal, he attempts to use Bond to assassinate Franco. Ultimately terrorists do take over six nuclear power plants, but are prevented from starting a meltdown when they are given an abort code by Bond, believing him to be Murik. Murik is eventually defeated by Bond and Lavender before his demands are met.


Printing History
Written by John Edmund Gardner (1926-2007)

UK first hardback edition: May 1981 by Jonathan Cape
US first hardback edition: April 1981 by G. P. Putnam's Sons
UK first paperback edition: 1982 by Coronet Books
US first paperback edition: May 1982 by Berkley Books
 
Trivia
The U.S. hardcover edition sold more than 130,000 copies.

Bonus Cover

 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Point Of No Return (1993)

Point of No Return (1993)
A violent and unstable female drug addict is found guilty of murdering a police officer, and is sentenced to death by lethal injection. Her death is faked, and a secret government agency informs her that she is to become an assassin. She is given a makeover and training that transform her into a beautiful woman, and she is also trained as a killer. Her career as an assassin goes well at first. Then, after a mission goes awry, the agency sends out a "cleaner" to kill everyone and destroy the bodies.

  Cast
Bridget Fonda as Maggie Hayward/Claudia Anne Doran/Nina
Gabriel Byrne as Bob
Dermot Mulroney as J.P.
Anne Bancroft as Amanda
Harvey Keitel as Victor
Miguel Ferrer as Kaufman
Olivia d'Abo as Angela
Richard Romanus as Fahd Bakhtiar
Lorraine Toussaint as Beth
 
Note
Remake of the 1990 film Nikita.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Murder Is My Mistress by Carter Brown


This book is my selection for a 1954 book for the Crimes of the Century meme, hosted by Rich at Past Offences. Every month he designates a year and bloggers contribute a post on a crime fiction book (or film, TV, comics, or short story) published in that year.

Murder Is My Mistress

Julian Cross is hired to find out the death of a dog. He would not have done it except for the money. He meets the suspects at a party that produced something new out of a box, called a murder. A screwball murder, as he told his employer. A bunch of screwballs they were. Sylvia Stamford, a silver blonde who never stopped acting when she left the stage. Johnny Zoan, an ex-racketeer. Theresa Boon, a sultry blonde with the beat of tom-toms in her voice. Juliet, a tall redhead and every inch of her a women. Jeff Peters, the guy people flattered when they call him a moron. Helen Mills, the girl with the horn-rimmed glasses with a burning need for a psychiatrist. And D'Aguerri, who was even more irritating as a memory than he had every been when he was alive. But Cross is not undaunted as no blonde can side track him for more than a couple days at a time. No gun at his ribs can give him hysterics as he gets them as soon as he sights the gunman. When he finally tracks down the murderer, he stands his ground as there is no place else to run.



 Murder Is My Mistress (Julian Cross)
December 1954 by Associated General Publications (Hard Cover)
1955 by Horwitz Publications Numbered Series #8
1960 by Horwitz Publications Reprint By Demand Series #19

 Bonus Cover


Note
This title was originally posted on January 9th 2011, in a sightly different format
 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Out and About

Out and about on a very nice sunny Sunday morning bike ride ride.





Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering those people who died while serving in the United States' armed forces.  It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season.

Some Quotes

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." by George Washington.

"For love of country they accepted death." by James A. Garfield.

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." by John F. Kennedy.
 
"I only regret that i have but one life to lose for my country." by Nathan Hale.
 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Honey West (1965-1966)

Starred Anne Francis as female private detective Honey West and John Ericson as her partner, Sam Bolt. The series was based on a series of noels created by Gloria and Forrest E.Fickling under the pseudonym “G.G. Fickling” in the late 1950s. Honey West was one of the first female private eyes to ever appear on television.was intended to be the American equivalent of the popular characters Emma Peel and Cathy Gale in the British series The Avengers. Anne Francis first played West in the second season episode of Burke’s Law, entitled “Who Killed the Jackpot?”, broadcast on April 21, 1965, this led to this series being commissioned as a spin-off. 


 Cast
Anne Francis (1930-2011) as Honey West
John Ericson (1926- ) as Sam Bolt
Irene Hervey (1909-1998) as Aunt Meg

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Flesh Of The Orchid by James Hadley Chase

Sequel to No Orchids For Miss Blandish


Carol Blandish was the daughter of Miss Blandish and a maniac killer. She was beautiful and was the heir to six million dollar. And she was a prisoner in a mental home. All she had to do to inherit the money was to escape, and stay out for fourteen days.... But a whole lot other people were after the Blandish fortune and that meant after Carol. Once outside the mental home, she found herself mixed up in a deadly hide and seek of violence and sudden death...... There was Roy Larson, who couldn't keep his hands off that beautiful body. And there were the Sullivans, professional killers who'd rather have their hands on the money.....


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

Jarrolds Publishers Ltd.
1948

Transworld Publishers Limited
Corgi Books
ISBN 552 10858
Reprinted 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982

Monday, February 22, 2016

Nerve by Dick Francis

Nerve
by Dick Francis


Rob Finn was a bit of a misfit, a struggling young jockey in a family of accomplished musicians and a man in love with a beautiful woman who wouldn't have him. He suddenly looked like a rider who had lost his nerve. Could it be that the horses were unusually sluggish, and that there was something more sinister attempting to sabotage him...?


Robert Finn watches a fellow steeplechase jockey blow his brains out in the parade ring at Dunstable races, just before a race. As Finn and the other jockeys cope with the stress of their jobs, other incidents lead him to conclude that someone is trying to destroy the lives of jockeys all over England. Finn is not the average jockey. He is the only child of famous virtuoso musicians, and the single family member to not be gifted musically, he followed a different path than that of his family's vocation. He has inherited other skills that will help him as he unravels a sad and warped trail. And he has been remarkably successful jockey for a man with only 2 years experience. Soon, he is the next target. A losing streak that lasts weeks threatens his job until he takes it upon himself to do a little sleuthing and uncovering the identity of the culprit. Now, Finn wants his revenge, and he takes his time setting it up.


Printing History
Written by Richard Stanley Francis (1920-2010)

Michael Joseph Ltd
1964

Friday, February 12, 2016

Miss Called Murder by Carter Brown

Miss Called Murder



Joe Stanton is the sort of refined private eye, all four eyes are, including his hornrims. If he had only stayed sober he would never been mixed up in this thing in the first place. Sober, Joe wouldn't have found the corpse, he wouldn't have had to listen to all that modern poetry that does not rhyme. He wouldn't even have had that Lieutenant not trusting Joe and that racketeer not trusting him either.  Joe would not have had that Bugsy Jones breathing down his back while he rammed his gun into Joe's spine. Joe wouldn't have even met that lush brunette with the figure 8. Has one ever tried to get rid of a corpse? One might be embarrassed a little because it's the second corpse in ones apartment inside of two days? Then, maybe one would like to stand in for Joe......

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

Horwitz Publications Inc

Novel Series
 #4
1955

Second Collectors' Series 
Volume 1 #13
1958
 
Reprint by Demand Series
#24
1960