Saturday, July 21, 2018

60 Years Ago

60 Years Ago

In July of 1958 an Australian author by the name of Carter Brown arrived in the United States. He was the creation of Horwitz Publications, Alan G Yates (1923-1985) was his real name. Yates started writing for them in 1951. He was very successful and Horwitz decided to pitch him to the USA. His first novel was published by Signet imprint of New American Library in July of 1958. Here we have the very first of his books, The Body, which was a rewritten from the earlier title, No Law Against Angels, from 1957.

The Body
July 1958
Signet Books

Monday, July 9, 2018

Frenzied by R. Van Taylor

The Many Desperate Faces Of Passion

Cover by Lou Marchetti
Meet Duke Cannon, fast talking wonder boy of Consolidated Mobile Homes. He was after success and he didn't care how he got it....He drove his wife, Marie, into another man's arms because her demands took too much time....He pushed his secretary, Donna, into bed of a sadistic client to help him close a deal....Then he met Lilly Edmonds, luscious, fast loving boss lady of Consolidated, and he learned that success could be won or lost in the bedrooms of demanding executives.

Printing History
Written by R. Van Taylor

Monarch Books
May 1962

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July or Independence Day

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. The Congress actually voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Murder-Very Dry by Samm Sinclair Baker

Three Little Sisters
Burning Bright.....

Cover by Oliver Brabbins
Pretty Polli was a king size conflagration.
Dolli any man's trial by flame
Molli an irresistible little hotpoint.

And all three were dying to make a killing. But why would Clark Clark Clark stop them ? Wasn't the hundred grand quiz his baby, the only TV riddle show featuring bullet riddled guests? After all, between Clark and the sisters stood only his own lovely wife, some unlovely cops, and a phantom slayer whose motto was...Keep 'Em Dying!

Printing History
Written by Samm Sinclair Baker (1909-1997)

A Graphic Mystery 
January 1956

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Unfinished Crime by Helen McCloy

Unfinished Crime
by Helen McCloy

Web Of Terror
When Sara Dacre comes across a large red pendant at a twenty cent jewellery stall she is tempted to buy it, especially when she bumps into her friend Gerry Hone, who persuades her that it will brighten up her old grey taffeta. But soon she finds herself at the center of some strange events. On leaving the shop she and Gerry witness the scene of an accident, but nobody can agree what happened. And when Gerry takes her out for coffee he goes to the counter to order, and never comes back . . . 

Printing History
Written by Helen Worrell Clarkson McCloy (1904-1994)

A Graphic Mystery

Monday, June 25, 2018

Carter Brown Double Feature

Two Classic Al Wheeler Thrillers

Delilah Was Deadly/No Harp For My Angel
Cover by Xou Creative
Delilah Was Deadly
"Someone's throwing corpse around so fast I'd call a cop, only I'd look sort of silly if I did!"

Unorthodox L.A. cop Lieutenant Al Wheeler has just been promoted to the head of Homicide following his success cracking his last case. This time around, a social editor of a fashion magazine is discovered dead inside a safe, strangled with a pink nylon girdle, wearing his silk pajamas. It looks like this might be the work of Satanists but before long the bodies start to pile up when one of Al's colleagues gets killed.......

No Harp For My Angel
"She was sitting on a stool at the bar with an old-fashioned in front of her. It was the only old-fashioned thing about her!"

Al Wheeler is vacationing in Florida when he hits on a redhead named Julie Adams, and thus meets crime boss Johnny Lynch. Lynch has Al beat up and framed for a car theft, but fortunately the local chief of police is an old friend of Al's. He tells Al that a lot of pretty young girls have gone missing in the area, and that he thinks Lynch is involved. Wheeler is talked into going undercover to get tot eh bottom of it....

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

Brio Books Pty Ltd
Carter Brown Foundation Pty

May 2018
ISBN 978 1-922057-35-8

Delilah Was Deadly 
1956 by Horwitz Publications

No Harp For My Angel
1956 by Horwitz Publications

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Way We Love by Stuart Friedman

An Unconventional Novel Of Manners And Morals In A Modern Hospital

Cover by Harry Barton

This is a realistic story of human passion and weakness behind the ultramodern facade of a big city hospital the saga of Kurt Severton. A brilliant surgeon who feels duty-bound to prevent a whitewash of a bungled operation by his chief, Dr. Tolliver. 

There's Donna, Tolliver's wife hot, vibrant, and eager to love who thrusts herself wantonly into Severton's life. 

And Marti, his mistress, who gives him everything a woman can give: love, loyalty, passion. 

But above all, there is Severton's guilty conscience. Has he the right to expose a colleagues professional mistake when his own personal life is not above reproach?

Printing History
Written by Stuart Freidman
copyright 1960

Monarch Books
May 1964

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Guilty As Hell by Brett Halliday

Femmes Fatales
Robert McGinnis Cover

Teeny-Bopper Trouble
Deedee was jailbait, but her looks, curves and experience made her a very effective man-trap; and someone had decided to spring her on Mike Shayne.

Shayne had no time for minor problems like Deedee until he discovered she had some major connections with espionage, blackmail and murder. And by that time he had already been hooked...

Printing History 
Written by Robert Terrall

Dell Publishing Company
 November 1967
December 1977

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The City Of Hoke by Shelly Lowenkopf

Cozy Up With Kozy Books

Printing History
Written by  Shelly Lowenkopf

Kozy Books

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Another Carter Brown Triple Play

Stark House Mystery Classics

 Introduction By Rick Ollerman
 Carter Brown was the literary pseudonym of Alan Geoffrey Yates (August 1923-May 1985) He was an English-born Australian writer of detective fiction. Mr Yates wrote more than 300 mysteries during his lifetime. His books, originally published by Horwitz and Signet, were set in the United States and published throughout the world. In its obituary for Yates in 1985, The New York Times noted that he had written "some 30 detective novels with American backgrounds before ever having visited the United States. He said he chose American settings because Australians preferred them."
A rumor spread at the height of his popularity that Yates was one of John F. Kennedy's favorite authors, a rumor which helped propel his sales even further in the North American market. Carter Brown's huge international success saw reportedly 120 million books in print, second only to The Bible in terms of the number of languages into which they were translated. The success of the books also spawned a comic book series, the 'Carter Brown Murder Mystery Hour' on radio, three French films, a Japanese TV series, and a French literary award for 'The most whiskies drunk in a single novel'.

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

Stark House Press
ISBN 781944 520441
May 2018

No Harp For My Angel
1956 by Horwitz Publications

Booty For A Babe
1956 by Horwitz Publications
Eve, It's Extortion
as Walk Softly, Witch
as The Victim (USA)
1957 by Horwitz Publications
1959 by Horwitz Publications
1959 by Signet Books

Bonus Covers

No Harp For My Angel

Booty For a Babe

 Eve, It's Extortion
Walk Softly, Witch
The Victim