Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Roger Moore (1927-2017)

  Sir Roger Moore (1927-2017)


Sir Roger George Moore was an English actor. He was the third actor to play the British secret agent James Bond in seven  films between 1973 and 1985. He also portrayed Simon Templar in The Saint between 1962 and 1969. His early work saw him on the television with such series as Ivanhoe, The Alaskans, The Saint, Maverick, and The Persuaders! before going on to the big screen with James Bond in Live and Let Die. Moore would be also be remembered for his humanitarian work. Sir Roger was honored with the advancement to Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) June 14th, 2003. 

The Bond Films

Live and Let Die (1973)
 The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
 The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
 For Your Eyes Only (1981)
 Octopussy (1983)
and A View to a Kill (1985) 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Star Hawk by Mack Maloney

Star Hawk #1


7200 AD. Earth is the center of a vast galactic empire. A militaristic state governed by stern repression. The Specials, an extended family that has wielded power for nearly two thousand years, control the galaxy with iron fisted zeal. After generations of genetic manipulation they are virtually immortal, as is their rule.

On an isolated planet, on the very fringe of the galaxy, lives a pilot named Hawk Hunter. He designs his own ships, using strange technology-but he cannot explain his abilities or his knowledge. His past is a mystery, even to himself. But now Hawk's talents have been discovered.

And in the Earth Race, a state sponsored gladiatorial contest that pits pilot against pilot, and earns both winner and sponsor unimaginable wealth. He will not only test the limits of his endurance, but begin to learn the truth of his identity.

Printing History
Written by Mack Maloney

 Ace Books
Berkley Publishing Group
Penguin Putnam Inc

ISBN 441 00868
June 2001

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Body In Paradise by Richard Reinsmith

On a lush tropical island, Ray Martin finds the diversions include sun, fun, sex, and murder



It seems like a dream assignment. Guarding the beautiful, sexy wife of the wealthiest man in the world on a cruise to an island paradise. But there's someone on board the Drayton's luxury yacht who wants to make sure that neither Drayton nor the luscious Danielle survive to enjoy their vacation. Things become so hot that Martin begins to work close, very close, collaboration with Drayton's personal bodyguard, as he attempts to discover the identity of the snake in this tropical Eden.

Printing History
Written by Richard Reinsmith

Dorchester Publishing Co
Leisure Books
ISBN 8439 2106
May 1984
 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Genuine Article by A.B. Guthrie Jr. (1977)

I am back for another installment from Rich's Crimes of the Century meme over at Past Offences. This time around we are in the year 1977. 

The Genuine Article 
by A. B. Guthrie Jr.

A Sheriff Chick Charleston mystery  


Not many people in Midbury liked Grimsley, a rancher with twenty thousand acres and five hundred head of cattle. Still, when Grimsley is found dead on his back doorstep with a mysterious gash on his head, Chief Chick Charleston and his crew have to use their detective skills to root out his killer. They are aided by Deputy Jason Beard, who, though he grew up in Midbury, has been away for two years at college. In their small Montana community, Charleston and Beard must conduct their investigations delicately, ignoring local prejudice, sifting through gossip and speculation, enduring the pressures of higher-ups, dealing with some less-than-savory characters, and eliciting information from those who would prefer not to talk. And things get worse before they get better. A second body is discovered, and relations between the sheriff, the Indian reservation, and the town deteriorate until finding the murderer becomes more than just a matter of enforcing the law. It becomes crucial to keeping the peace in this small ranching community.

Printing History
written by Arthur Bertram Guthrie, Jr (1901-1991)

 Houghton Mifflin
978-0395253618
1977

Friday, April 14, 2017

Vice Squad Detective (1934)


Vice Squad Detective

First and only issue

     Contents
Secret of the House of Horror by Clark L. Sair
Nudist Gym Death Riddle by Jack Gray
Marijuana Vice Trap by L.S. Worth
The Bloodless Corpse by O.R. Dude
Amazing Case of the Blonde Dope Queen by J.P. Carroll
The Call Girl Murder Mystery by Peter Abbott
The Curse of the Rusty Roses by Edmund Beville
The Day Coach Death Puzzle by Laif Martin
The Clue of the Hunted Vampire by Vance Miller
Pajama Party Killer by Don Lawrence
The Four White Devils of Tein Tsin by Lash Manion
The Beach Racket Murder by Tom Pennell

Printing History

Graphic Arts, Inc.
Imprint of Fawcett Publications
1934

Thursday, April 6, 2017

100 Years Ago Today

100 Years Ago Today

 


On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on the Germany Empire, thus joining the world war that began in August 1914.  The US was an associated power with the Allied Forces and entering into one of the bloodiest conflicts to ever grip Europe. Fifteen nations and empires saw 65 million men under arms, including 4.3 million Americans. When the conflagration ended in 1918, the Ottoman, Russian, Austria-Hungarian and German empires had fallen.  More than 10 million combatants had been killed out of some 38 million casualties. The last American veteran of the Great War, Corporal Frank Buckles, died just over six years ago, at the age of 110. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-1975)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker



A fictional Chicago newspaper reporter, Carl Kolchak, who investigates mysterious crimes with unlikely causes, particularly those that law enforcement authorities would not follow up. These often involved the supernatural or science fiction, including fantastic creatures.

Cast
Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin)
Tony Vincenzo (Simon Oakland)  
Ron Updyke (Jack Grinnage) 
Emily Cowles (Ruth McDevitt)
Monique Marmelstein (Carol Ann Susi) 

20 episodes aired   

Trivia
This series was preceded by two TV movies  
The Night Stalker (1972) and The Night Strangler (1973)


 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tenant For Death (1937) by Cyril Hare

I am back for another installment of Crimes of the Century hosted by Rich over at Pastoffences. Each month Rich round-ups all of book and film reviews relating to a particular year in crime fiction, written by us bloggers. This month we are in 1937. A year which I know nothing about.

Tenant For Death
by Cyril Hare


An Inspector Mallett Mystery


Two young estate agent's clerks are sent to check an inventory on a house. Daylesford Gardens, South Kensington, is an unlikely address for the discovery of death by strangulation. Even more unusual is that the house does not belong to the deceased financier. In the meantime, the mysterious tenant, Colin James, has disappeared. Inspector Mallett of Scotland Yard is brought in to unravel a complicated trail. Mallett gets to work very soon, linking the murder with the release from prison of an ex-banker, who'd been connected with a notorious fraud case.



About the Author
Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark (1900-1958) was an English judge and crime writer who wrote under the pseudonym Cyril Hare. Gordon Clark's pseudonym was a mixture of Hare Court, where he worked, and Cyril Mansions, where he lived after marrying. Tenant For Death was his first novel in 1937. 

Bonus Cover 

 
Printing History

Faber & Faber, UK 1937 and 2008
Dodd Mead, US 1937
Dover Publications 1981 
Harper & Row 1982
Kindle Edition 2016

Monday, March 6, 2017

Thrills Incorporated #6

Thrills Incorporated #6


Contents 

Meeting On Mars 
Durham Keys
(Durham Keys Garton 1925-?)
Trapped by his own cleverness, in a world he plotted to destroy!

Spaceway's Checkmate
D K Garton
(Durham Keys Garton 1925-?)
All her moves had been checkmated, she had one more king, that move decided the fate of the world.

Dimensional Discord
Rick Harte
(Durham Keys Garton 1925-?)
With the twist of a knob, horror stalked the universe in the fourth dimensional realm.

Two Heads, One Tale
Ace Carter
(Gordon Clive Bleeck 1907-1971)
When a learned professor starts seeing trouble, he's headed for trouble, double trouble.

Murder In Tomorrow
Roger Garradine
(Alan G Yates 1923-1985)
Even in the future yesterday's murder can condemn a man.

 Printing History

Associated General Publications Pty Ltd
August 1950

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