Tuesday, July 30, 2013

No Halo For Hedy by Carter Brown

No Halo For Hedy


If one  is a keen golfer, one will understand there's nothing more irritating than finding something interfering with the lie of one's golf balls on the green. Whoever left the corpse there was no golfer. The real trouble started when Clinton Rudd figured that, as Russ Burton wrote mystery stories, he would solve the murder faster than the cops. So Russ investigated the corpse and found it had been quite a guy. By comparison,  a skunk is a gentleman. There were plenty of suspects, plenty of action, almost like the stories Russ wrote for a living. There were so many people with good reason to kill him, one couldn't have blamed them if they had formed a co-operative to do the job. Then Russ meets the girl of his dreams, Hedy! She was wonderful and he loved her. There's only one thing really worrying him now. Will she be any different after they've sat her in the death chair?

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)
 
Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered Series #18 1956
Reprint By Demand Series #6 1959

Monday, July 29, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter Q

The Crime Fiction Alphabet keeps rolling along. We are currently in week 17 with the letter Q. Kerrie over at her blog Mysteries in Paradise is kind enough to host this community meme. The rules a quite simple. By Friday of each week participants write a blog post about crime fiction related to the letter of the week. The post must be related to either the first letter of a book's title, the first letter of an author's first name, or the first letter of the author's surname, or even maybe a crime fiction "topic". But above all, it has to be crime fiction. This time around I will be featuring a Carter Brown title for each letter of the alphabet.

Carter Brown: Q is for

Wait there is no Carter Brown title starting with the Letter Q

So the next best thing, similar author and a real title starting with the Letter Q.

Nick Carter: Q is for The Q-Man

A technical genius plots to devastate the U.S continent!
George Gross Cover
   Earthquake!
When Nick Carter flew over San Diego all he could see was a dense cloud of brick dust. The city was virtually gone. Next stop was Los Angeles, as the quake worked its way up the fault line. And the devastation was man-made! The only suspects both deny that the quakes could be technologically induced. But AXE records prove that either one had the skill and the equipment to be the Q-Man. Nick has to find out who it is before the continent is utterly destroyed!

Printing History
Written by John Stevenson

Grosset & Dunlap Company
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
Charter Books
ISBN 441 69656 
March 1981
 
Note
This title was originally published in November 2011
The Q Man by John Stevenson

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Heart To Heart by Donald Pendleton

Ashton Ford #5

This is the one adventure Ashton Ford never intended to tell
It started with a summons and crisp new American dollars from a man reported to have died one hundred and fifty years ago. And a mind  blowing mystery high above the sea at Laguna Beach. Here, in a magnificent mansion, Ashton Ford finds himself surrounded by comfort and the flesh and blood "ghosts" of people from the past. In the baffling confusion of time and space, Ashton's keen and awesome talents must now  pierce the secret of the house. While  his heart, at the mercy of an ageless and beautiful sculptress, following a dangerous path of its own.

Printing History
Written by Don Pendleton (1927-1995)

Warner Books, Inc
Popular Library
ISBN 445 20258 (USA)
November 1987
ISBN 445 20259 (Canada)
November 1987

Saturday, July 27, 2013

All Screwed Up by Troy Conway

Adventurer Rod Damon,
the Coxeman, 
gets the ultimate snow job,
and just might come to regret it

Mirror, mirror, on the wall
Who's the biggest
Coxeman of them all?

Rod Damon wakes up dreaming, with Snow White and her Seven very peculiar Dwarfs. Bizarre bedmates even for the Coxeman but big Rod hasn't seen the half of it. Before the opening bars of "Someday My Prince Will Come" are finished, he's off in hot pursuit of a Maoist group that wants to make Canada safe for the Red Chinese and, even worse, permanently cut off Rod as Coxeman extraordinaire. On the chase he finds a mat hating blonde sorely in need of straightening out. Some home movies literally too hot to handle. And a cabbie named Bess whose meter is always running. A lot of action for the Coxeman, but Rod, always willing to go down trying, learns it's even possible to whistle while you work!

Coxeman #20
Printing History
Written by Michael Avallone (1924-1999)

Warner Books, Inc.
Warner Paperback Library
72-430
1970

Note
This title was published in the UK as Coxeman #19

Friday, July 26, 2013

Three With A Bullet by Arthur Lyons

Three With A Bullet
Cover by Robert Lewis               Cover Design by Marc Cohen
 When appointments are secretly cancelled at the last moment and bands end up at the wrong places for concerts, Los Angeles's top music promoter hires Jacob Asch to find out who is methodically trying to destroy him. Suddenly a washed up superstar is found dead, apparently from a drug overdose, and the promoter is the prime suspect. Asch tackles the glittery, frenzied California music world and discovers the downside of the upbeat industry. Where jaded teenagers, drugs, sex, and the ruthless competitive professional ambitions create a vicious mixture rife with murderous jealousies.

Printing History
Written by Arthur Lyons Jr. (1946-2008)

Holt, Reinhart, and Winston (Hardcover)
1984

Holt, Reinhart, and Winston
Owl Books
1986
ISBN 0 03 008539

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lights! Action! Murder! by Glen Chase

To Take The Gang On,
Cherry Take It All Off


Cherry Delight Superstar
The strong-arm men are muscling in on the movies and not even the major studios have the power to fight back. Then a maverick producer asks N.Y.M.P.H.O. for help and Cherry Delight is put on the case. As Coco Madrid, Hollywood's newest sensational skin flick superstar. Cherry's latest assignment is to bust the protection racket that preys on the media.

Printing History
written by Gardner F Fox (1911-1986)

Cherry Delight #23
Nordon Publications, Inc
Leisure Books
LB274ZK (June 1975)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Terror Code by Jack Canon

Agent N3 hunts down a wolf pack of international terrorists. 
George Gross Cover
 Killmaster #224
A fanatical group of anti-American terrorists is out to destroy every U.S. backed nuclear base in Europe. And the agent in Tangier who holds the key to the conspiracy has disappeared. He may have been kidnapped, or he may be dead. And it's up to Nick Carter to find the answer in the deadly alleys of Morocco's savage underworld, where death is bought cheaply and the truth may be more costly even Agent N3 bargained for!

Printing History
Written by Jack Canon

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 57293
April 1987

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

One Bright Summer Morning by James Hadley Chase

One Bright Summer Morning

Cover by Beverley Le Barrow
 Successful dramatist Victor Dermott rents an isolated ranch house in the Nevada desert. For two months all is ideal, then one bright summer morning he wakes to find his dog, his guns, his servants vanished, the telephone dead, and the plugs gone from his car.

The terror has begun.................

Printing History
Written by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond (1906-1985)

copyright 1963
International Authors N.V.

Robert Hale Ltd, London
1963

Granada Publishing Limited
Panther Books
1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981

ISBN 586 02544

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Lucifer Crusade by Mack Maloney

He Is The Last Hope Of Ravaged America!

Freedom's Fortress
Reduced to a blackened landscape, disarmed and leaderless, the United States is united no longer. But out of the ruins of a once great land emerges a savage lone warrior on the road to retribution. A fearless, "right stuff" jet fighter ace, he is known to some as Hawk Hunter. He is known to the world as Wingman. The bloody Circle War for control of America's West is over, and the Russian invaders defeated, for the time being. But the depraved international terrorist known as Viktor who orchestrated the unspeakable carnage has escaped, and Hawk Hunter is determined to bring him to justice or die in the attempt. The trail leads to North Africa and an Egyptian pyramid concealing a deadly prize that will determine the fate of the embattled Middle East. It's up to Hawk Hunter to rally the armies of freedom and strike a desperate blow for a forgotten dream called "America". And the survival of the free world.

Wingman #3

Printing History
written by Brian Kelleher
copyright 1987

Kensington Publishing Corp
Zebra Books
ISBN 8217 2232
4th Printing May 1991

Saturday, July 20, 2013

I Can't Believe I Ate The Whole Thing by Troy Conway

Is Adventurer Rod Damon, The Coxeman,
Hard Enough to Cream a Sex Control Conspiracy?

Cover by Paul Weller
 Command Performance In A Pleasure Palace
The legendary Rod is invited to preform his fabulous feats for the education of millionaire mystery man Sebastian Garth, a ninety year old voyeur with freaky fantasies of power. But it's definitely not all fun and games in Garth's luxurious Las Vegas lust nest. Despite the delicious array of voluptuous and amazingly willing talent served up, Rod isn't satisfied that the show's on the up and up. And he's right as usual. Rod discovers that his torrid technique isn't the only thing up for grabs. The real objective is his most prized possession, the most effective tool for peace ever wielded by a free man.

Coxeman #32
Printing History
Written by Michael Avallone (1924-1999)

Warner Books, Inc.
Warner Paperback Library
65-870
1st Printing  March 1973

Cover Design by 
Ken Deardoff

Friday, July 19, 2013

Dead Ringer by Arthur Lyons

A Jacob Asch Mystery
Cover by Robert Lewis         Design by Visible Ink
 Jacob Asch is called in by boxing promoter Jack Schwartz to help out Carlos Realango, an Argentine heavyweight whose career is on the skids. Carlos has been receiving threatening phone calls, and his manager and mistress, brassy blonde Susan Mezzano, thinks her husband is responsible. It seems a routine case until the down and out boxer is shot at Moonfire Ranch, a fancy brothel owned by Susan's husband. The police are calling it justifiable homicide, but Asch smells murder and something more than a lover's quarrel.

Printing History
Written by Arthur Lyons Jr. (1946-2008)

Mason/Charter
1977

Holt, Reinhart, and Winston
Owl Books
1983
ISBN 0 03 060396
  

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Detonators by Donald Hamilton

A lethal time bomb is ticking
Only one man can defuse it

Matt Helm

Daddy's Deadly Little Girl
The prim young lady needs a favor: Help her father beat a bum drug rap. After all he is Matt Helm's old colleague at the agency.

Suddenly Dad's boat detonates outside Miami harbor. And Matt discovers that young Amy isn't as innocent as she looks.

Amy lures Matt to the Bahamas, where an unlikely pack of fanatics may be planning an explosive surprise.........

Printing History
Written by Donald Hamilton (1916-2006)

Copyright
1985

Random House, Inc
Ballantine Books
Fawcett Gold Medal Books

ISBN 449 12755
Printed in Canada
July 1985

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Big Bankroll by Glen Chase

Cherry didn't mind a little kinkiness
Until it led to killing.


Kinky
Cherry Delight, star agent of N.Y.M.P.H.O. (New York Mafia Harassment Organization) was on her way to a date when a mugger made the mistake of attacking her. After she had slammed him to the pavement with her advanced judo, and was on the way to tidy up, a car of Mafia hoods careened down the street and filled the mugger with lead. Cherry was annoyed. When, a day later, four Mafia hoods tried the same stunt on her she became downright mad, and decided to get to the bottom  of things. She almost uncovered more than she could handle, what with a power crazed Mafia boss, and underworld think tank, and some Mafia buttons with very kinky sexual tastes....

Printing History
written by Gardner F Fox (1911-1986)

Cherry Delight #22
Nordon Publications, Inc
Leisure Books
LB265ZK (May 1975)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter O

We are chugging, like a really fast moving train, along in the Crime Fiction Alphabet for 2013 meme. This week we are up to the Letter O. Kerry's Blog is kind enough to sponsor this community meme each and every week. The rules are very simple:  The posts must be related to either the first letter of a book's title, the first letter of an author's first name, or the first letter of the author's surname, or even maybe a crime fiction "topic". But above all, it has to be crime fiction. This time around I will be featuring a Carter Brown title for each letter of the alphabet.

Carter Brown: O is for Only The Very Rich

Private eye Danny Boyd likes his women wealthy and willing.
But the price tag on this one was $M-U-R-D-E-R!


Robert McGinnis Cover
  Even the poor can afford murder
But only the very rich can do it in style

 When the love rites of the very rich are interrupted by a corpse impaled on a tree, a forty million dollar widow hires Danny Boyd to clean up the mess, or shove it out of sight. But a missing fortune in jewels complicate matters. Especially when Danny finds that the widow only wore them in bed! The plot explodes at an English country manor during a weekend of sex and sadism that climaxes with MURDER!



Other Publisher Covers
Germany
Ullstein Bucher
1970
Robert McGinnis Cover
 Portugal 
1970
 

 Russia
n/d

 Sweden
Wennerberg 
1969
Robert McGinnis Cover
  Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)
 
Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series #146 1969

New American Library
Signet Books
P3842 April 1969
Y7464 1977

Notes
This title originally posted in a slightly different format

From October 2010
Only The Very Rich

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Strausser Transfer by Don Smith

The fate of one girl set the KGB and the CIA at each other's throats
With chilling international repercussions

A Treacherous Game...

Gail Strausser- a beautiful coed at the Sorbonne, was the victim of a KGB kidnap

Herman Strausser- her father, was a scientist with a lot of U.S. top secrets

Phil Sherman- a free lance CIA agent, was sent to the rescue

Lieutenant Peterson- a super gung-ho agent, felt Sherman had bungled and, as far as U.S. prestige was concerned, the girl was expendable.

Secret Mission #21

Printing History
Written by Don Smith

Grosset & Dunlap Company
Charter Communications
Charter Books
ISBN 441 77200
1978

Friday, July 12, 2013

Death Squad by Jack Canon

Agent N3 plunges into the blood storm of a South American revolution
George Gross Cover
 Killmaster #223
Latin American dictator Carlos Baldez is dying. And now the vultures are gathering around his death bed, greedy generals ad fierce rebels poised to start a bloody civil war. Already the president's son has been kidnapped in a brazen bid for power. Nick Carter is sent to investigate. But in a smoldering nation about to explode, the facts aren't easy to find. And time is running out, for the Killmaster and for a country on the brink of violent revolution....

Printing History
Written by Jack Canon

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 57292
March 1987

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes



The Baskerville family is cursed.
Is a demonic force responsible?
 In the 1600's Sir Hugo Baskerville murdered a peasant girl who refused his advances. Shortly thereafter, Sir Hugo was found dead on the moor, viciously murdered by a terrifying hound from hell. Since that fateful night, every Baskerville heir has suffered the same grisly fate, with the most recent victim being Sir Charles Baskerville. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are engaged to see that the same thing does not happen to latest Baskerville, Sir Henry. Thrown into a case full of local superstition, Holmes steers his way through a maze of ancient lore and innocent blood. Can Holmes protect Sir Henry and in the process break the howling curse that is The Hound of the Baskervilles?

copyright 1988
Granada Television Limited

Written by 
Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle

Cast
Jeremy Brett (1933-1995) as Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke (1932-2011) as Dr Watson
Raymond Adamson (1920-2002) as Sir Charles Baskerville
Alastair Duncan (1958- ) as Dr. Mortimer
Fiona Gillies as Beryl Stapleton

Directed by Brian Mills (1933-2006)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Jake Strait Bogeyman #3 by Frank Rich

Inner-city hell just found a new savior
Jake Strait

Day of Judgment 
 

Free Tickets To Paradise
The damned, dirty and depraved call the confines of inner-city hell home.It's  thriving nucleus of spiritual activity. Neon temples with video preachers, street corner messiahs and coin fed confession machines, ghetto prophets, whiskey evangelists and vendors selling salvation in a box. Jake Strait has always placed his faith in the devil. But when a gorgeous blond angel hires him to infiltrate a religious sect and locate her twin sister, he decides to a give a new and improved God a try.  Hired to turn the sect's team of bumbling soldiers into a hit squad, he plans to lead the attack against the city's criminal subculture. But when the robes of spiritual righteousness fall away to reveal a wild-eyed prophet on the make, Jake's got to pawn his ticket to paradise and gets his conscience out of hock.

Printing History
written by Frank Rich (1946 - )

World Wide Library 
Gold Eagle Books
January 1994
ISBN 373-63609

Monday, July 8, 2013

Mexican Standoff by Glen Chase

The mob was growing opium in Mexico.
Cherry's job was to smoke them out.


Torch Job
The supply of heroin from Turkey has been cut down, but south of the Mexican border the Mafia was growing opium in the mountains. The Mob's local and imported gunmen kept the villagers in line, and anybody who talked to the federales died a horrible death. Cherry's assignment was to literally smoke them out. And that's what she did, burning up millions of dollars in H. But before she torched the poppy fields she had one hell of a time, because Cherry enjoys her work. In or out of bed.

Printing History
written by Gardner F Fox (1911-1986)

Cherry Delight #21
Nordon Publications, Inc
Leisure Books
LB260ZK (April 1975)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter N

We are chugging, like a really fast moving train, along in the Crime Fiction Alphabet for 2013 meme. This week we are half way through with the Letter N. Kerry's Blog is kind enough to sponsor this community meme each and every week. The rules are very simple:  The posts must be related to either the first letter of a book's title, the first letter of an author's first name, or the first letter of the author's surname, or even maybe a crime fiction "topic". But above all, it has to be crime fiction. This time around I will be featuring a Carter Brown title for each letter of the alphabet.

Carter Brown: N is for None But the Lethal Heart

Grant Roberts Cover
    Mavis Seidlitz gets stuck with a corpse that's too hot to handle

Grant Roberts Cover
 Mavis is keeping company with a corpse and she's got to get rid of him fast. She tries to bury him, lose him, and even gives him away. But he persists in haunting her. The cops are on her heels and a gang of hoods is breathing down her neck. And someone seems determined to wrap her up in a slinky shroud. But here is the sizzling scorcher: A red-hot tale of murder and mayhem, chills and spills, and the daffiest detective work this side of a dizzy blonde bombshell, named Mavis Seidlitz.


Barye Phillips Cover
  Various Other Publisher Covers

United Kingdom
New English Library
Four Square Books
March 1967
Cover photograph by Cambell MacCallum
 Australia
 Horwitz Publications Inc
 June 1959
Grant Roberts Cover
Australia
 Horwitz Publications Inc
As The Fabulous
September 1961
  United States
New American Library
Signet Books
 1966
Robert McGinnis Cover
 Russia
1992

   Japan
Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book  
1962

Japan
Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book  
1977

Netherlands
  Middernacht  
1962

Finland
Valpas-Mainos  
1967

Germany
Ullstein Bucher
1967

 Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)
 
Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series #78 June 1959
Long Story Magazine #6 January 1960
International Edition #9 September 1961
(retitled as The Fabulous)
International Edition #64 April 1970
(back to original title)

New American Library
Signet Books
1st Printing (1694) August 1959
2nd Printing (1694) September 1959 
(Canada)
3rd Printing (D2849) 1966

Notes
This title originally posted in three parts in a slightly different format

From October 2010

From March 2011
 
From February 2012

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Circle War by Mack Maloney

He is the last hope of Ravaged America!

Fortress America
Decimated in a deadly rain of treachery and deceit, its great cities and vast countryside reduced to a war-blackened landscape, the United States is united no longer. But out of the blasted ruins emerges the brilliant ace fighter pilot Hawk Hunter, a lone warrior battling to keep the spirit of America in the hearts of his countryman. From his secret base in the coastal wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, Hunter hears rumors of strange lights and sonic booms in the northern skies, of a vast armada sailing toward the West Coast that suddenly vanishes, of  any army equipped with Russian SAMs and armor hidden deep in the Dakota Badlands. The reports can mean only one thing, a second fiery showdown with Russian overlords and their armies of destruction. With the fate of a shattered nation hanging in the balance, it's up to Hawk Hunter to rally the armies of freedom and strike one last bold and bloody blow for a cause know as America!

Wingman #2

Printing History
written by Brian Kelleher
copyright 1987

Kensington Publishing Corp
Zebra Books
ISBN 8217 2120
4th Printing May 1991

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy July 4th

Happy July 4th

A post somewhat related to Independence Day

The Snake Flag Conspiracy
by Saul Wernick

Don't tread on me.
Do.... and you die.



  All Strangers.
All Unlikely Killers.
All Sharing One Common Goal.
Destroy Nick Carter!

 
Economic Disaster
 The KGB had an agent in Boston with a foolproof plan to wreck the American economy in its Bicentennial year. By forcing the biggest banks to dump all their stocks at the same time. A plant in one of Boston's old families. And the manipulation of their cast financial power, would trigger total economic collapse!

George Gross Cover
 Nick Carter Killmaster N3 had to discover the identity of the phoney "Boston Brahmin" and make his sudden death look like an accident, before the collapse began. But there was a welcoming committee of thousands of killers waiting for him.

Printing History
Written by Saul Wernick (1921-1982)

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Universal-Award House Inc
Award Books
First Printing AQ 1576 (1976)

 United Kingdom Edition
Universal Books
426 18542 (1978)

Grosset & Dunlap Company
Charter Communications
Charter Books
ISBN 441 77193
December 1981
 Note
This title was originally published on July 22, 2011 in a slightly different format

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Blood Of The Falcon by Dennis Lynds

Agent N3 vs. the Middle East's top merchant of terror

George Gross Cover
 Killmaster #222
They call him Reguiba,  Moroccan death merchant extraordinaire. With an army of desert jackals who live to kill and kill to live, he's got the manpower, the hardware and the petrodollars to pull any job, no matter how bloody. 

Hit target: The American allies in the Middle East. 
His goal: The total breakdown of Western alliances. 
His biggest obstacle: Agent N3 Nick Carter

Printing History
Written by Dennis Lynds (1924-2005)

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 57291
February 1987

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Bavarian Connection by Don Smith

An all expenses paid European trip turns into an explosive battle over hidden Nazi war booty


A Tangled Web
A Swiss Bank started the ball rolling when a young man from Brazil turned up to claim his father's Nazi gold and then was bludgeoned to death....

A Liechtenstein Art Dealer was another link in the sordid trail involving stolen art work hidden since Word War II....

A Dutch Diamond Merchant sold a fabulous stone that had been stolen before the war, and ended up very dead in a canal....

A Bavarian Developer catered to more than just wealthy jet setters. His enclave seemed to be the headquarters for the rise of the Fourth Reich....


Phil Sherman needed all his CIA cunning and connections to tie all these slender threads together, before the holocaust began again.......

Secret Mission #20

Printing History
Written by Don Smith

Grosset & Dunlap Company
Charter Communications
Charter Books
ISBN 441 04884
1978

Monday, July 1, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter M

We are chugging, like a fast moving train, along in the Crime Fiction Alphabet for 2013 meme. This week we are about half way through with the Letter M. Kerry's Blog is kind enough to sponsor this community meme each and every week. The rules are very simple:  The posts must be related to either the first letter of a book's title, the first letter of an author's first name, or the first letter of the author's surname, or even maybe a crime fiction "topic". But above all, it has to be crime fiction. This time around I will be featuring a Carter Brown title for each letter of the alphabet. 

Carter Brown: M is for Murder Wears A Mantilla


Mavis Seidlitz is the dizziest blonde who ever ended up in the Tunnel of Love after buying tickets for the Big Dipper. When she is not trying to fix her clothing, either a brazier, stockings, or chemise, she is a partner in Rio Investigations. As the story goes, Mavis is South of the border on vacation. She meets one bull fighter who she thinks is the dreamiest. The next bullfighter has a knife stuck in his back. So she starts investigating up until things get out of hand.  The Black Death, 40 million pesos, The Golden Inca, people with guns. so she sends a cable to her boss, Johnny Rio. HELP.

Robert McGinnis Cover
 Blonde bombshell Mavis hurries to a torrid rendezvous with a timid torero only to find that a killer got there first. Fleeing the murder scene, she runs smack into the waiting arms of Mexico's feared and fearless police chief, the Black Death.He slips away with her to the local police station, where he forces her to surrender her baggage claim check. When the police open Mavis' luggage, up pops....another corpse. OLE!

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

Horwitz Publications Inc.
Sydney Australia
Numbered Series #50 1957
Reprinted By Demand Series #13 1959
International Edition Series #34 1963

New American Library
Signet Books
 S2048 February 1962
T5275 1973

Other Publisher Covers 

Valpas-Mainos 
Finland
1967

Middernacht-Serie
Netherlands  
1963

Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book  
Tokyo Japan
1963

Gallimard  
Paris
1961,1974

New American Library
USA
1973

Note
This title was originally post on December 30, 2010 in a slightly different form.