Monday, January 30, 2017

Terror Comes Creeping (1959) by Carter Brown

We step back a year to 1959 in the Crimes Of The Century over at  Past Offences  Rich has been hosting this monthly event  that features a different year in which us bloggers contributes a post about crime fiction book, film, TV, comics, or a short story. For my contribution will be...............................

Terror Comes Creeping 
by Carter Brown

Danny Boyd goes on a back-to-nature kick that is murder

 

The beautiful brunette's mother had made her a millionaire. Now her father wanted to make her a corpse.


The brunette was very beautiful and very scared. She looked private Danny Boyd in the eye and shuddered once. Then she calmly told him that her father was planning on killing her. She claimed he had murdered her brother and was trying to get rid of her sister. And that she was third on the list. She had no proof to back her story, only cold green cash. She might be crazy, but she was also crazy rich. She was Danny's favorite kind of client. So Danny decided to take the lovely lady's case. And tag her father a killer. 

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

Horwitz Edition
Numbered Series #81 1959

Signet Edition
December 1959

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Eiger Sanction (1975)


Clint Eastwood is an art history professor, mountain climber, and former assassin who was once employed by a secret United States government agency. He is blackmailed into returning to his deadly profession and do one more "sanction". He later agrees to join an international climbing team in Switzerland planning an ascent of the Eiger north face in order to complete a second sanction to avenge the murder of an old friend.

Cast
  • Clint Eastwood as Jonathan Hemlock
  • George Kennedy as Ben Bowman
  • Vonetta McGee as Jemima Brown
  • Jack Cassidy as Miles Mellough
  • Heidi Brühl as Anna Montaigne
  • Thayer David as Dragon
  • Gregory Walcott as Pope
  • Reiner Schöne as Karl Freytag
  • Michael Grimm as Anderl Meyer
  • Jean-Pierre Bernard as Jean-Paul Montaigne
 Trivia
Based on the 1972 novel The Eiger Sanction, by Trevanian (Rodney William Whitaker 1931-2005)

October 1972


Friday, December 23, 2016

MacGyver (1985-1992)

MacGyver was an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff.  The show ran for seven seasons from 1985 to 1992. The show follows the exploits of secret agent Angus MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson, who works as a troubleshooter for the fictional Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles and as an agent for a fictional United States government agency, the Department of External Services. MacGyver solves complex problems by making things out of ordinary objects, along with his ever-present Swiss Army knife. He favors non-violent resolutions and prefers not to handle a gun. The clever solutions MacGyver implemented to seemingly unsolvable problems‍, often in life-or-death situations, requiring him to improvise complex devices in a matter of minutes‍.

 
Cast 
Richard Dean Anderson as Angus MacGyver, secret agent
Dana Elcar as Pete Thornton, MacGyver's boss and best friend
Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, MacGyver's comical best friend
Michael Des Barres as Murdoc, MacGyver's most frequent opponent

Season 1: September 29, 1985 to May 7, 1986
Season 2: September 22, 1986 to May 4, 1987
Season 3: September 21, 1987 to May 9, 1988
Season 4: October 31, 1988 to May 15, 1989
Season 5: September 18, 1989 to April 30, 1990
Season 6: September 17, 1990 to May 6, 1991
Season 7: September 16, 1991 to May 21, 1992

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Death Of A Citizen by Donald Hamilton

 My contribution for the month of December for the Crimes Of The Century over at Past Offences will the first Matt Helm adventure, Death Of A Citizen. Rich hosts this monthly event  that features a different year in which us bloggers contributes a post about crime fiction book, film, TV, comics, or a short story. This month we are in 1960.

Death Of A Citizen
by Donald Hamilton

When danger strikes, who is the man to take control? 
Matt Helm!

 
Name: Matthew Helm
Code Name: Eric

A citizen dies and a wartime special agent is reborn, as the girl with the code name of Tina walks into a cocktail party and 15 years of Matt Helm's complacent post-war life slips away. Suddenly the old automatics reactions take over and Matt is thrust back to the time when he had been a lethal young animal trained to kill. And she had been his partner.

After the war. After the carnage. After being labeled a lethal weapon. It was time for a little peace and quiet. Married life agrees with him.

Cover by John McDermott
  Printing History
written by Donald Hamilton (1916-2006)

Fawcett Gold Medal World Library
February 1960

Ballantine Books
November 1984
March 1988

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.