Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sinner, You Slay Me! by Carter Brown

I'm stuck with the wife I haven't married and a murder I haven't committed

Reprinted By Demand Series

Squeak it was called. The hottest of the scandal mags. And Marcus Mouse had just got a job with them. Maybe it was an unfortunate coincidence that his name happened to be Mouse. Isobel, the girl he loved, thought he was more Mouse than Man. His first assignment was in Hollywood. His editor, Herman J. Herman, thought of everything. He even supplied him with a wife. One would expect a star like Lola Monterey who was currently disposing of her fourth and gazing starry-eyed at her fifth to be murdered, wouldn't you? Well she wasn't. But the murder centered around her. Of course there were other girlfriends, and just to make it cost, Isobel arrived on the scene. Mouse had told her he was not really married to Virginia, it wouldn't have helped, but then there was the second murder, with Marcus set up as the fall guy for it. He did not have time for dames any more, well, almost!

Printing History

Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series #42 (1957)
Reprinted By Demand Series #11 (Sept 1959)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Norwegian Typhoon by Robert E Vardeman

An unknown force possesses a lethal weapon powerful enough to cripple the entire globe.

George Gross Cover

A routine assignment: Go to Copenhagen and keep an eye on Soviet submarine activity, But when Nick Carter "Killmaster N3" arrives, he finds the Soviets are frantic. They have "lost" their new atomic submarine. Of Typhoon Class, and even larger than their awesome Oscar Class subs, the Lenin is carrying twenty nuclear missiles! As Nick goes in to investigate, another submarine is suddenly "lost". Only this time it is the USS Ohio, carrying enough atomic firepower to destroy an entire country. If Nick does not stop the diabolical force behind the disappearances, the situation threatens to turn into a Norwegian Typhoon...with winds powerful enough to rock the world!

Printing History
Written by Robert E Vardeman

Charter Books
April 1982
441 58866

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Butler #2: Smart Bombs by Philip Kirk


 Sexpionage

Butler has taken on some tough jobs during his spy career. But his new assignment made the others look easy. He had to penetrate the Soviet Union to steal super-secret plans for an anti-missile system. But Butler had a weakness for beautiful Russian women. If he could figure out which ones worked for the KGB, he might get out of Russia alive!

Printing History
Written by Leonard Levinson

Nordon Publications Inc
Leisure Books
#676 (1979)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Gift und Geld by Carter Brown

German Edition of The Brazen

Cover by Ted Davias

Read more here


Die  Mitternachtsbucher
#196 1964

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Wench Is Wicked by Carter Brown

Lieutenant Al Wheeler's debut

Bernard Blackburn Cover
Al Wheeler is just a cop. A plain simple cop even if Captain Parker figures Al is the most unorthodox Lieutenant who stepped beyond the line of duty to take a blonde home. The patrolman finds a corpse in a gravel pit. Al finds Deidre Damour in her room at the hotel. That is a story in itself! But there is more... A cop gets permanently retired with a bullet in the head. Al gets suspended for some trivial reason, they think he let the murderer escape and he mislaid a cop car someplace. So that leaves Al a lot of time on his hands, time to fill and the only way he can think of filling it is to look up some people he knows. Goldie, the thrush at the "Eldorado". The blonde receptionist at the Valley Hotel who can't be as dumb as she looks. Deidre, the answer to a million guy's prayers when they are not saying them out loud. But like some guy said, "If it isn't women, it's work". And Al has some bright ideas about who might have done the murdering and that's not really good because that gives the murderer some bright ideas about Al. He would not mind taking that step, except it's around a hundred feet down to the next one. He wouldn't take it but for the gun in his back!

Printing History

Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series #6 (#5) (1955)

Trivia
The numbering is either misprinted on the cover or this title was #6 in the UK and #5 in Australia.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ice Cold in Ermine by Carter Brown

"So you spy a redhead whose plans are strictly under cover- brother, she's redhot for murder...."

Horwitz Edition
 In case you have forgotten, the name is Barney Blaine, secret agent whose hobby is racing cars and..... Did he say hobby? Well meet Hauptman Special, the racing car that kills! And Barney is supposed to drive it in the San Altorio road race. That is his cover to untangle an international undercover racket. First off he meets Nicky Lazar, ex syndicate big shot. Then Anna Kristani, the women who had hotted up the lives of the Soviet leaders. And last, but hardly least if one counts her vital statistics, a dizzy dame called Julie Adams, the world's most dangerous female driver! And then Barney stumbles on murder! But one murder leads to another, so maybe that's why he is looking down the barrel of a snub nosed automatic right now.

Printing History

Horwitz Publications Inc.
Numbered Series #55 (1958)
Second Collectors' Series Vol 2 #3 (1959)
w/Sweetie, You Slay Me! (Sweetheart You Slay Me)

Trivia
Barney was introduced in Madame, You’re Mayhem (1957) Numbered Series #44

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Killer By Night by Paul Valdez

He was just a reporter after a human interest story. It was an inhuman terror he encountered when his interest uncovered the......



Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates

Scientific Thriller
Transport Publishing Co Pty Ltd
Published by Horwitz Publications Inc
July 1951

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Trouble Is A Dame by Carter Brown

When Eddie Sackville, King of the Rackets. asked you to do a job, you did it, if you did not want to wake up dead afterwards. So when his lieutenant Louis Markon told Mike Farrell, Eddie had a job for him, he took it. And Mike took Louis' casual suggestion that Mike let him know what the job was if he did not want the shape of his face changed. They were very nice people.

Horwitz Cover

The job was strictly confidential...that is what Eddie said. Make a proposition for him to his wife's sister Katherine. So four hours later Katherine was on the run with a murder rap hanging over her head, and Mike with her. The only people they had to worry about were the cops, Eddie and his boys, Louis, and the murderer. Mike picked a good hide out, a honeymoon hotel, and that was where the fun really started. And that does not mean what you think it means, quite!

Printing History

Horwitz Publications Inc
Transport Publishing Company

As The Lady Is Chased
Novel Series (1954)
Second Collectors' Series Vol 1 #8 (1957)
As Trouble Is A Dame
Numbered Series #38 (1957)

Trivia
Eddie Sackville's character appears again in Swan Song For A Siren, but not associated with the Syndicate. This title is not to be confused with another title appearing July 1954 with a different character, Johnny Grahame, a private eye.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Ghosts Don't Kill by Paul Valdez

A Supernatural Murder!

There had to be a "how" and "why" of everything for Paul Everard and that went double for characters who's been dead a couple of thousand years. More than anything else he was convinced that.......


Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates

Scientific Thriller
Transport Publishing Co Pty Ltd
Published by Horwitz Publications Inc
August 1951

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Blonde On The Rocks (Revised) by Carter Brown

This title was originally posted on May 2nd 2011

Read it here

Horwitz First Edition

Horwitz Reprint

Signet First Printing

Signet Reprint

Printing History

Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series  #110 1963
International Series #41 1964

New American Library
Signet Books
G2328 July 1963
T4682 1971

Notes
Robert McGinnis painted the Signet Covers

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Treason Game by Joseph L Gilmore

Nick Carter
Spy, Top AXE Agent
Traitor!

George Gross Cover
Classification: Traitor
When Nick Carter is tipped off that a Russian spy has been secreted into the U.S. in conjunction with a new and highly important missile project. Nick Must find out why. But what he uncovers is much more than he bargained for. Against Hawk's orders and with the aid of a beautiful lady journalist, Nick is determined to find out why top government officials have entered into acts of treason. But suddenly the situation gets too hot when the President himself orders Nick Carter's arrest, the charge.....treason!

Printing History
Written by Joseph L Gilmore

Charter Books
441 82348
March 1982

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Glowing Globe by Belli Luigi


A globe that hypnotized. 
Enveloped a man in mist and stole him! 
And would go on stealing men until the end of time...

Printing History
Written by Gordon Clive Bleeck

Horwitz Publications Inc
Transport Publishing Co Pty Ltd.
April 1950

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Israeli Connection by Robert Derek Steely

A routine mission threatens to turn into worldwide disaster for Nick Carter!


David Ben Weisman, Israel's Foreign Minister, believed his nightmare had ended with the conclusion of World War II. But suddenly the nightmare is beginning ll over again. And this time he would not escape.

Max von Schteig. "The Dark Angel" and other mad Nazi war criminals had waited a lifetime to send one man to hell, the only known person to escape his death grip.  David Ben Weisman.

And now "The Dark Angel" is back and Israel's Froeign Minister would be used as a pawn to fulfill von Schteig's sinister dream. The rise of the Fourth Reich and the conquering of the world!

Nick Carter's mission: Stop him dead!

Printing History
Written by Robert Derek Steely

Charter Books
441 35881
March 1982

Note
Missing illustrator's signature on the cover.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Earth Shaker by Robert E Vardeman

His bizarre scheme:
To become king of all the Americas!

George Gross Cover
One by one the major countries of the world are rocked with crippling earthquakes. the earth shattering explosions are the workings of a madman who calls himself "Earth Shaker". And the United States is next. Unless Nick Carter, Killmaster, can stop him first. And the race is on as Nick soars from Mediterranean to Paris, and on to Mexico City to thwart the efforts of the mysterious "Earth Shaker". But his only clue is the man with the sloping forehead and the crossed eyes...

Printing History
Written by Robert E Vardeman

Charter Books
441 18124
March 1982

Sunday, January 15, 2012

You Can't Keep Murder Out by Paul Valdez

It could happen to anyone. Just stand there as Lila did 
and accidentally become the only witness to murder. 
The only witness who is next on the Bible list  and remember...


Printing History
Written by Paul Valdez
(Alan G Yates)

Scientific Thriller
Transport Publishing Co Pty Ltd
Published by Horwitz Publications Inc
October 1951

Trivia
Before Alan G Yates began to write as Carter Brown he tried his hand at writing science fiction.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Deathlight by Jerry Ahern

The holder of the powerful death ray could vaporize entire armies in mere seconds!


A long, sleek shadow moves silently and stealthily beneath the gloomy arctic waters. On the surface of the icy waters and not too far away sits a U.S submarine at its rendezvous point. Suddenly the shadowy form emerges from the water and fires an eerie "deathlight" at the unsuspecting sub, disintegrating it instantly. A hundred yards away Nick Carter stops swimming and stares transfixed at the spot the sub had been only seconds before.

The Plot: The Soviet Invasion of Europe
The Weapon: "Deathlight" a deadly particle beam.
The Mission: Turn the weapon against itself and destroy!

Printing History
Written by Jerry Ahern

Charter Books
441 14169
March 1982

Notes
Again not a George Gross cover. The illustrator's name is too small to make out.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Angry Amazons by Carter Brown

Liberty, Equality, Murder

Signet Photo Cover
The first corpse, a bullet through the remains of its male brain, was sprawled smack in the middle of Amazon Acres. Amazon Acres was headquarters of the nation's fastest growing tribe of furious feminists. As lawyer to the lady libbers, Randall Roberts was supposed to protect his shapely clients. Yet the more he dug for information, the more it seemed like he was digging his own grave. For the gals, who mastered equal parts dunning and karate, obviously had something to hide. That, Roberts knew, was as transparent as a see-through blouse.

Horwitz Photo Cover
Printing History

Horwtiz Publications Inc.
Copyright 1972
Numbered Series #166  (March 1973)
ISBN 7255 206
Printed in Hong Kong by Peninsula Press Ltd.

New American Library
Signet Books
T5133 (September 1972)

Trivia
Danny Boyd makes a guest appearance. The second of two guest appearances for other characters. The first being Mavis Seidlitz and Al Wheeler together in Lament For A Lousy Lover.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Dominican Affair by Bruce Algozin

Brutal acts of terrorism are used as a disguise for a broader and more sinister plot!


When the American embassy in Santo Domingo is captured by terrorists and the ailing ambassador held for ransom, Nick Carter is called in to do the impossible. But when a bright, young American diplomat turns up murdered, and a beautiful Haitian women appeals to Nick for help, he realizes he is involved in a web of intrigue that is more than mere acts of terrorism. The plot thickens when Nick discovers that the overt acts of violence are just the facade for a much more daring scheme.

Printing History
Written by Bruce Algozin

Charter Books
441 15244
March 1982

Note
I am not sure if this cover is the work of George Gross or not as the distinctive signature missing.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Caress of Conquest by Stephen Frances

Amateur agent John Gail on a vengeance mission:
Destroy an international narcotics ring after other 
British agents have been turned into junkies trying to sabotage it!


One dirty job after another....
It was bad enough that John Gail could only launch this mission with the permission of the biggest and most deadly underworld boss in Britain. Gail also had to play ball with a giant network of narcotics smuggles and pass himself off as a navigator aboard a ship of murderers, perverts, and sadistic thugs. if his cover was blown, there would not be enough left of him to feed the sharks. So John Gail watched while Arab white slavers, his employer's "business partners." And he looked the other way when a lovely young agent was cruelly tortured and shot full of deadly drugs. Thousands of lives were at stake and the whole operation depends on John Gail keeping his cool, until it was the right time to strike.

Printing History
Written by Stephen D Frances

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp.
Universal Award House Inc
Award Books
A764S (1968)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Master by Carter Brown

And The Chase Was on.....

Signet Photo Cover
Vampires, werewolves, and a delectable doll named Chastity were the only tenants in the spine-chilling mansion of old man Chase, neck bitter extraordinaire in the heyday of horror films. And when Rick Holman came to call, all of them seemed to be out for his neck.

Horwitz Photo Cover
So when Harold Chase hired Rick to track down a dizzy blonde with an occult hangup, it was not surprising that every night crawler in town was soon howling and flapping on his tail. And when that happens, what is a fellow to do but hide in the closest and pull the corpses in after him?

Printing History

Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series #169
ISBN 7255 0214 (1973)

New American Library
Signet Books
 T5363 (February 1973)

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Damocles Threat by David Hagberg

Monaco becomes a mad circus as eleven top agents compete against one another for a powerful formula.
George Gross Cover
The Damocles Threat
When a notebook containing the formula to a highly powerful thermo-nuclear weapon turns up in Monaco, Nick Carter immediately takes off for the beautiful and glamorous principality in the south of France. But so do ten other top agents from nations that want the notebook just as badly. As the deadly race begins, Nick jumps easily ahead of the others and beat his opponents to the precious notebook. But the race is not over yet., because now ten of the worlds top agents share one common goal. Get Nick Carter!

Printing History
Written by David Hagberg

Charter Books
441 13573
March 1982

Sunday, January 8, 2012

In Garde We Trust by Jerry LaPlante

Chameleon #2
When Vance Garde, the mild mannered, scientific engineering genius and his sexy assistant Ballou discover that religious cult leader Sol Luna is using brainwashing as a means to ultimately control the world, it get him very angry. And when Vance gets mad, watch out. He changes into the ruthless, deadly vindicator known as the Chameleon.

He infiltrated the cult and finds that Luna is employing low frequency radio waves to reinforce evil human behavior. But no one can outmaneuver Garde. With his unique and innovative technology, he is a one man army hell bent on revenge. He is out to eliminate the enemy, no matter what the cost.

Printing History

Kensington Publishing Corp
Zebra Books
September 1979
ISBN 89083 513

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Ambushers by Donald Hamilton

Assassination and terror in Central America.
Call in Matt Helm.....


Mission #6
A quiet mission of assassination is no sweat for Matt Helm. Until the man whose special talent is killing suddenly has to play God to a beautiful, beat-up girl, tortured half out of her mind on the Costa Verde jungle. Until a shapely foreign agent he never got around to killing off lures him into a strange trek in the wilds of Northern Mexico. Until a Russian missile smuggled out of Cuba falls into the hands of a political fanatic...very, very close to home!




Printing History
Copyright  1963

Fawcett Gold Medal
First Printing 
September 1963

d1618 June 1966 ($0.50)
T2900 ($0.75)

Ballantine Books
12841 July 1985 ($2.95)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Donna Died Laughing by Carter Brown

 Donna Died Laughing

David Franklin Cover Photograph

Drew Summers had a quiet, uncluttered life as a theatrical producer and he wondered  it to stay that way. Then The Mostest alias Angela Angelic, hit him with a typhoon. Then somebody got murdered and a couple of thugs beat him up. So Drew bought a gun to be ready for the next time. Drew then bought himself a psychiatrist because his personality changes. 

"Yeah ,I'll say! I am the toughest private eye that ever spat in anybody's eye. When I move in they bury 'em standing up!"

His personality changed and changed......

"As secret agent working for Department X, my mission is quite clear, my dear girl! The solving of the murders is incidental to the unmasking of the beautiful Soviet spy, Olga Pulovsky!"

If it was not for one guy, Drew was another and if he was not him, he was somebody else? The murders? Heck! The three of Drew should not have any trouble solving them, should he?

Printing History

Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series #29 (1956)
Reprinted by Demand Series #8 (June 1959)

 as Naurava kuolema
Valpas-Mainos  
Alavus Finland (1959)

as Trois Tetes Sous Le Meme Bonnet
Gallimard  
Paris France (1959, 1975)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Puppet Master by David Hagberg

The Plan:
Kill the President of the United States.
The Assassin:
Nick Carter

George Gross Cover
He Masterminded The Strontium Code
Nikolai Fedor Kobelev, code name, Puppet Master, an insane but exceedingly brilliant man, and next in line to become the head of KGB. His diabolical master plan would explode into a final world war, with Russia emerging as the victor. He had to be stopped......permanently! The man to do it, Nick Carter "Killmaster N3". The counter plan would be equally insane. Drastically alter the mind of Nick Carter to become that of a disgruntled CIA agent ready to defect to the Russians. Only the plan works too well, and suddenly Nick finds himself sought after by his country, to be stopped...........permanently!

Printing History
Written by David Hagberg

Charter Books
441 69148
March 1982

Trivia
Charter Books did a promotion in March 1982 and published a total of seven Nick Carter Killmaster books.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Until Proven Guilty by J. A. Jance

A Seattle homicide cop learns that faith can be dangerous and can kill.



Suffer the little children 
The little girl was found with her pink nightgown twisted around her throat. She was only five. The women who came to the funeral and threw a single rose on the coffin was alive and beautiful. The kind of beautiful that Homicide Detective J. P. Beaumont could not resist. Before long, Beaumont was certain he had his man. But lurking in the dark corners of this bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder. Not just a series of brutal killings about to happen. But secrets so deadly, so close to Beaumont's life, that even a street-tough cop could die guessing.


Printing History
Written by Judith Ann Jance

Avon Books
July 1985
 ISBN 380-38938-9

Trivia
1st J.P. Beaumont mystery

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Clown by Carter Brown

SEE! SEE! SEE!

SEE the dead clown bleed!
SEE the sadist whip his naked wife!
SEE the paranoid inventor and his magic machine!
SEE the hated business tycoon blow his brains out!
And more, much, much more!!

Signet Photo Cover

It was no wonder Lieutenant Al Wheeler felt like he was in a a circus freak show. From the moment he discovered the first butchered body he had suspects galore. There was Nina the nympho. Ludovic the lascivious. Alton the ugly. And Isobel the insatiable. And each one was a little crazier than the last. It was obviously a show in which everyone had an act to perform. And the star of the whole shebang, was death.

Horwitz Photo Cover
Printing History

Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series #168 (1973)
ISBN 7255 0212
Printed in Hong Kong by Peninsula Press LTD

New American Library
Signet Books
T5206 
December 1972

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Last Samurai by Bruce Algozin

His final wish:
To destroy the one true warrior equal to himself,
Nick Carter!

George Gross Cover
The Last Samurai
When one assignment after another turns into false alarms and he is viciously attacked by a man he's never seen before, Nick Carter is at a loss to explain it all. Until a beautiful Japanese girl bring shim the microscopic key yo the entire AXE computer network, and tells him a mad electronics genius awaits his pleasure in a castle by the sea. armed to the teeth and ready to do battle. But when one battle ends and another begins, Nick confronts an opponent the likes he has never seen, one who possesses strength and skill far greater than any one man, and whose identity is enough to shock Nick into doubting his own sanity!

Printing History
Written by Bruce Algozin

Charter Books
441 47183
February 1982