Friday, April 3, 2020

C Is For ..........................................

C Is For...............................................

Chessmaster


Printing History
Written by Robert Randisi (1951- )

Charter Books 
January 1982
ISBN 441-10351

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

More Carter Brown Classics

More Carter Brown Classics

Al Wheeler Mysteries #10-12
The Unorthodox Corpse
Death On The Downbeat
The Blonde


Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

Originally published in separate volumes by Horwitz Publications, Inc

The Unorthodox Corpse 
Numbered Series #54 December 1957
revised for Signet Books #1950 July 1961

Death On The Downbeat
Numbered Series #57 February 1958
as The Corpse (USA) Signet Books #1606 December 1958

The Blonde
Numbered Series #67 August 1958 
as for Signet Books #1565 November 1958

Cover art by Robert McGinnis
Dutch Edition of The Hang-Up Kid

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Chicago Confidential by Max Allan Collins

Nathan Heller #14


It's 1950 in Chicago, P.I. Nate Heller's old stomping grounds. But things are different now, and the wind is blowing in a different, decidedly more dangerous direction. Congressman-with-a-cause and presidential-hopeful Estes Kefauver creates the Committee on Organized Crime to put the squeeze on the mob. And anyone who ever associated with them. Heller tries to lay low, but when ex-cop Bill Drury cooperates and mafia moll Jackie Payne sings, Heller finds himself catapulted into the middle of the investigation.

Printing History
Written by Max Allan Collins (1948- )

Signet Books 
ISBN 451-20856
September 2003


Monday, March 23, 2020

California Roll by Roger L Simon

"I never sold out before because nobody ever asked me. In all it took around twenty minutes"

Cover by Lisa Falkenstern
Los Angeles private detective Moses Wine has turned forty and is worried about his future. When Silicon Valley beckons, Moses jumps. He takes a position as head of security for the Tulip Computer Corporation and things start looking up: he gets a new car, a new house, and a new girlfriend. One thing stays the same, however--murder seems to follow him around. When one of Tulip's young geniuses is shot to death, Moses begins his investigation amid his new world of corporate infighting and bureaucratic bungling and soon finds himself involved in international computer theft, double-crossing beautiful women, the Japanese mafia, and the GRU. The trail takes him from Northern California to Los Angeles to the beautiful Japanese countryside to the mean streets of Tokyo.

Printing History
Written by Roger L Simon (1943- )

Warner Books 
ISBN 446-32965
June 1986

Friday, March 20, 2020

Harvest Of Death by Ramsay Thorne

Captain Gringo cuts a hot path of love and fury through a jungle in hell!

Renegade #14


CAPTAIN GRINGO marches through Mexico!
His destination: A hotly disputed cocoa country where men indulge their greed, their lust, and their taste for blood. Captain Gringo's got to slash his way through torrid, twisted jungle crowded with Mexican marauders, greedy guerrillas, and ladies with love on their minds. The Captain's always ready to bed young maids or blast away with his Maxim, as magnificent Mayan ruins loom overhead. But when he comes up against a fanatical would-be dictator, it'll take all his American might and mind to explode a brewing international incident in a scorching climax!

Printing History
Written by Lou Cameron (1924-2010)

Warner Books, Inc
ISBN 446-30124
September 1982

Monday, March 2, 2020

Escape To Athena (1979)

Escape To Athena


A ragtag group of prisoners: Italian chef Bruno (Sonny Bono), British archeology professor Blake (David Niven), American soldier Nat (Richard Roundtree) and Greek prostitute Eleana (Claudia Cardinale): befriend each other in a Greek POW camp run by Otto Hecht (Roger Moore), an art-loving Nazi officer. With the help of local resistance fighters, the inmates plot to escape and steal valuable artifacts from a heavily guarded monastery that's used as a storehouse.

Directed by

George P. Cosmatos (1941-2005)

Cast
Roger Moore as Major Otto Hecht: an Austrian who is the Wehrmacht commandant of the POW camp, a former antiques dealer

Telly Savalas as Zeno: the head of the Greek island's resistance movement

David Niven as Professor Blake: senior British officer amongst the prisoners and a well-known archaeologist

Stefanie Powers as Dottie Del Mar: an American USO artist (in fact, stripper), who was shot down with Charlie and detained in the POW camp

Elliott Gould as Charlie Dane: an American comedian, USO performer and professional partner of Dottie

Claudia Cardinale as Eleana: a local madame, girlfriend of Zeno

Richard Roundtree as Sgt. Nat Judson: African-American POW and amateur magician

Sonny Bono as Bruno Rotelli: an Italian POW, professional chef



Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Vanisher by Kenneth Robeson

The Vanisher

Doc Savage #52
                                                                    

The Dream Of The Deadly Gnome
Twenty convicts vanished without a trace from maximum security cells, and top businessmen suddenly disappeared. The tabloids trumpeted the reign of a small, deformed man — or woman — spotted at the scenes. Strangely, Doc Savage was framed for the disappearances — and then the murders … But the Horrible Hunchback hadn’t counted on the wrath of the mighty Man of Bronze!

Printing History
Written by Lester Dent (1904-1959)

The Conde Nast Publications, Inc
Doc Savage Magazine 
Street & Smith Publications Inc
December 1936

Bantam Books
ISBN 553-05536
September 1970

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

B Is For..............................................................

B Is For

Busted Wheeler


Printing History
Written by Allan G Yates (1923-1985)

Horwitz Publications
Horwitz Group Books Pty Limited
Bucks Books
Published in Hong Kong 1979

Tower Publications Inc
Belmont Tower Books
ISBN 505-51414
1979

Friday, February 14, 2020

I Prefer Murder by Browning Norton & Charles A Landolf

Murder, Very Dry.....

Cover by Saul Levine
That's what the uninvited guest whispered, as Tim Fallon and his scared blonde ordered drinks. The service was fast. Minutes later the blonde lay dead. So began that night of horror, with Tim marked a killer and another girl, the lovely Alix Bentley, his prey! Desperately he eluded the police and as desperately she eluded him.  But her young beauty was just the kind to tempt a friend. At dawn, she saw her locked door opening.....

The guest was back...and he had a key!

Printing History
written by Frank Rowland & Charles A Landolf

Graphic Mystery
#132
1956

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Mum's The Word For Murder by Brett Halliday

The Killer Placed An Ad..........
It was incredible, but true. Terror gripped the waiting city. A murderer was publishing ads in the newspaper announcing the exact time of his scheduled killings, and was getting away with it!


For detective Jerry Burke it was a special challenge, because the scornful threats were addressed ti him personally.

The times the killer struck, as he had proclaimed he would. And three times Jerry Burke played the fool, until a startling climax in a Mexican cafe untangles the unbelievable web of suspense and horror....



Printing History
Written by Davis Dresser (1904-1977)

Dell Publishing Company
Dell Books
#743
1953

#5918
July 1964