Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Lineup by Frank Kane

Novel based upon the 1954-1960 CBS-TV series of the same name, starring Warner Anderson and Tom Tully
Cover by Victor Kalin
  Lieutenant Ben Guthrie and Inspector Matt Greb are investigating a robbery that has turned into a double homicide. Dead at the scene, a gambling den in Chinatown, are the operator of the house, killed in a blast of mustard gas, and a patrolman outside, hit by the getaway car. Guthrie and Greb, aided by associates within the department, begin a thorough search for clues. They soon discover the vehicle involved, but the owner and his wife, Sam and Em Walters, claim to know nothing about how it got out of the garage. Meanwhile, Sarge Kurtz convinces the other members of his mini-gang, Mike Newman and Doc Lawrence, that it’s not the time to leave town or lie low. So the robberies continue.

Printing History
Written by Frank Kane (1912-1968)

Dell Publishing Co
April 1959

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Get Real by Donald E Westlake

Get Real

A reality-show company aptly titled Get Real recruits the delightfully understated John Dortmunder and his merry men for a heist in this clever Dortmunder novel. The producer of the prospective series, Doug Fairkeep, reveals himself to be both cynical and na├»ve, a combination that makes him an excellent foil for the guys. Naturally, the gang has to make this gig pay more than what's offered, as much for the fun of it as for the extra cash. While Get Real helps them map out a “real” robbery, the boys are mapping out a real robbery—of some of the company's “hidden assets.” The thinking is that Get Real can hardly come after them to retrieve cash that it can't admit that it has. The game plan changes nearly hourly, and the outcome is anything but certain.

Printing History
Written by Donald E Westlake (1933-2008)

Hatchet Book Group
Grand Central Publishing
June 2010
ISBN 446-56663

Monday, January 14, 2019

Two To Tangle by Frank Kane

"I'm  not the the girl you're looking for, Johnny," the brunette purred. "But won't I do?"

Cover by Ron Lesser
It Couldn't Have Happened To A Nicer Girl
...a nicer girl would have kept her mouth shut. This one never learned that sexy brunettes should be seen and not heard, until she sang for the wrong party. By the time Johnny Liddell got to the apartment her recital days were over. Someone had gotten there first. Someone who knew the score and wanted her tune changed permanently, leaving Johnny the key suspect for murder.

Printing History
Written by Frank Kane (1912-1968)
Dell Publishing Company
February 1965

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Homicide Trinity by Rex Stout

Anthology consists of three novellas

Eeny Meeny Murder Mo.
There were several times before when a dead body was found in or around Wolfe's home: one time on the front steps, and another was right in his office. Both times the detective took it as a great personal insult. Imagine his reaction when a dead body not only made a surprise appearance in his office, but his own necktie was used to strangle the victim.
Usually Wolfe is fairly impersonal in his investigations, but in this case he gloated at the murderer when he finally nailed him or her. 

Death of a Demon.
A woman became obsessed with shooting her husband. 
Her solution? She went to Nero Wolfe and paid him for just listening to her about this with the promise that in case her husband is really shot he would disclose the conversation to the police. His reasoning was she would not want to do it as in this case she would not be able to avoid being caught. There is a really big hole in this logic which Wolfe spotted right away. Later events confirmed his arguments. Wolfe uses interesting psychological play to uncover the culprit. 

Counterfeit for Murder
An old unattractive lady came to Wolfe for consultation. Usually this is not the type of people who need his services considering the fees for said services, but Archie Goodwin decided to teach his boss a lesson and let her in.
Before both detectives knew it they had a dead body, a bunch of counterfeit money, pissed off police, and equally pissed off Secret Service (Department of Treasury) on their hands.  

Printing History
Rex Todhunter Stout (1886-1975)

Viking Press, Inc: April 1962
Bantam Books: February 1966
Reissue: August 1993

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
Movie Tie-In

Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, who he's divorced and re-married and who ends up dead. and now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

Printing History
Written by Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)
copyright 1953

Ballantine Books
ISBN 345 02396
First Printing October 1971
Second Printing October 1972
Third Printing March 1973 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Top 5 Posts Of 2018

The Top 5 Posts of 2018
 A look back to the 5 most popular posts of the past year

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

The Sin And The Flesh by Lloyd S Thompson

His Twisted Hatred Ripped Apart The Whole City

Original Title: Hear Not My Step

In the dead of the night the girl came hurrying out of the hotel. The man in the shadows watched her, thinking, it's too bad she can't mind her own business. It's too bad she knows what she does. It's too bad for her. He could have liked this girl, this soft, yielding woman with the ripe mouth, the hungry eyes. But he couldn't let that stop him, not when he'd spent years building his plan. He had destroyed others when they got in his way, and now this girl.....she was coming closer....she was almost within arm's reach....she.....

Printing History
Written by Lloyd S Thompson

Abelard Press
(Hear Not My Step)

Lion Books
Lion Library
September 1954

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Case Of The Vanishing Beauty by Richard S Prather

Meet Shell Scott
Fast With The Gun Or Gal
Fast With The Answer For Murder, Too....

Cover by Barye Phillips

One Beauty vanished from sight. Another dead in a hail of bullets. Would the lovely Lina be next? Even here in the drizzly rain outside the El Cuchillo, she was hotter than a welder's torch. Here's your chance to meet Shell Scott, the sharpest Private Eye you've ever known -- the darling of all dames, the envy of all guys.

Printing History
Written by  Richard Scott Prather (1921-2007)

Gold Medal Books
#127: First Printing October 1950
#425: Second Printing August 1954

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Broken Doll by Arthur Kent

She Lived In Danger And Died In Fear.....

"Christopher," the girl said angrily, "stop fooling about!. We are wasting time! I'm fool proof where you are concerned! It's over! Finished!" He did not answer. He pushed the door to without closing it. Then he moved into the darkness towards the rear of the car. The girl, resigned, lifted her handbag onto her knees and rummaged in it. Taking out her compact and opening it, she looked at her features in the oval shaped mirror it contained, bent towards the dashboard to take advantage of its small light. She didn't know it, but she was looking at herself for the last time......

Printing History
Written by Arthur Kent (1925- )

Brown, Watson LTD
Digit Books

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas (2018)

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays to all 

Don't for get to check out a holiday caper

Have a safe holiday