Monday, July 10, 2017

The Chinese Gold Murders by Robert van Gulik

Gold Smuggling, 
Corruption, 
A Floating Brothel, 
An Ingenious Murder Weapon


Judge Dee is a recently appointed magistrate to the miserable town/district of Peng-lai. His predecessor has been murdered and so Judge Dee must investigate. The investigation is made more complex due to the disappearance of his chief clerk as well as the new bride of a wealthy local shipowner. Meanwhile, a tiger is terrorizing the district, the ghost of the murdered magistrate is stalking members of the court, a prostitute has a secret message for Judge Dee, and the body of a murdered monk is found to have been placed in the wrong grave. What could possibly relate all these events?


Printing History
written by Robert Hans van Gulik (1910-1967)

Michael Josephs (UK)
Harper & Brothers (US)
1959
 
Dell Publishing Company
#1265
August 1963

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The 39 Steps by John Buchan

The Thirty-Nine Steps
 

  Set during May and June 1914 when war was evident in Europe, Richard Hannay the protagonist and narrator, returns to his new home in London, after a long stay in Rhodesia to begin a new life. One night he is interrupted by a stranger, a well-traveled American, who claims to be in fear for his life. The man appears to know of a plot to destabilize Europe, beginning with a plan to assassinate the Greek Premier during his forthcoming visit to London. The man reveals his name to be Franklin Scudder, a freelance spy, and remarks that he is dead. Scudder explains that he has faked his own death in order to avert suspicion. he then claims to be following a ring of German spies called the Black Stone who are trying to steal British plans for the outbreak of war. Hannay lets Scudder hide in his flat, and sure enough the next day another man is discovered having apparently committed suicide in the same building. Four days later Hannay returns home to find Scudder dead with a knife through his heart. He decides to go into hiding in Scotland and it goes down hill from there. The plot is eventually thwarted, and the United Kingdom enters the First World War, having kept its military secrets from the enemy.

The Movies
1935 Film
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Starring
Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll

1959 Film
Directed by Ralph Thomas

Starring 
Kenneth More and Taina Elg 

1978 Film
Directed by Don Sharp

Starring
Robert Powell and Karen Dotrice

2008 Film
Directed by James Hawes

Starring 
Rupert Penry-Jones and Lydia Leonard

Printing History
written by John Bucan (1875-1940)

William Blackwood and Sons
1915

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Seven Footprints To Satan by A Merritt

An American explorer was catapulted into a strange and seductive world of evil ruled by Satan himself.


The most beautiful and powerful people in the world had bargained with the Devil. They played Russian Roulette with seven footprints to world domination, and lost. They had become subject to the Collector of Infernal Revenue...Satan. The Master Player of games would glut his lust with souls and gain world power through diabolical manipulation. But into his collection comes James Kirkham, an American explorer determined to prove that the steps are stacked.
Printing History
written by Abraham Grace Merritt (1884-1943)

Boni & Liveright
ISBN 1-127-49176-6 (1928)

Avon Books 
ISBN 380-00690 (1942)
ISBN 380-20208 (1955)
ISBN 380-02417 (December 1971)

Bonus Cover

Thursday, June 29, 2017

In a Deadly Vein by Brett Halliday

Shayne..........Cognac.......
An after dinner blonde....
     sudden death..............


Mike Shayne is on vacation when he met this gorgeous trick with a head of golden hair that's worth half of Fort Knox. Her old man has found a mine worth the other half. Putting them together, she stacks up as a lucky girl. Then she disappears. With her looks, and her old man's loot, Mike figured she's a diamond studded candidate for the morgue. That makes her his dish. After all, murder and blondes are Shayne's business.

Printing History
written by Davis Dresser (1904-1977)

copyright 1943

Mayflower Dell
#4016
1964

Trivia
This exact cover was featured on Frank Kane's Red Hot Ice

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

For Men Only Magazine

For Men Only Magazine
 
Cover by Mort Kunstler
 Contents
The Naked Wench
(Original title The Sinners AUS)
(original title The Girl Who Was Possessed USA) 
You can read it here The Sinners
by Carter Brown

"Neutralize The Bridge At Remagen"
by Leon Lazarus

Printing History
published by Newsstand Publications Inc
August 1963

Monday, June 19, 2017

Donna Died Laughing (II) by Carter Brown

Donna Died Laughing
 

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
written by Allan G Yates (1923-1985)

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)


Bonus Cover


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Terror In Paradise by Jim Kent

 Terror In Paradise by Jim Kent

Cover by Col Cameron

Wilms screamed as blood trickled from his legs

He had killed a Jap and that was punishable by a slow and cruel death. Their bayonets pierced his legs and shoulders. The Chinese knife torture was kid's stuff compared to this. Wilms was left hanging as a reminder to the others. Such atrocities were committed on the beautiful island of Paradise.

Printing History
written by Jim Kent
copyright 1970
Scripts Publications 
 ISBN 7252 0072
1971 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Winner Take All by Mark Clements

The inside story of the beauty contest racket and the star-struck young girls it corrupts!!!

Paul Rader Cover
  The Finalists

Jeanne....the day she received the telegram, she was in a hotel room, sprawled nakedly across a mussed bed beside a snoring man whose name she couldn't recall.

Louise....the evening she received her telegram, she was in the midst of teaching her youthful boyfriend exactly how she expected him to treat her ...and please her.

Patti...the afternoon she received the telegram, she was throwing a very special cocktail party for a small group of very intimate friends...all of them very attractive and very feminine. 

Printing History
Written by Mark Clements

A Midwood Book
Tower Publications, Inc
32-522
1965

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Greek Fire by Glen Chase

Cherry was menaced by a monster and an ex-Gestapo officer!



Beauty and the Beast
Cherry Delight, female agent of D.U.E. (Department of Unusual Events) is sent to Greece to investigate the sighting of an ex-Nazi and mythological creatures... And Cherry would get her man...or beast!

Printing History
Written by Glen Chase

Nordon Publications, Inc
Leisure Books
LB462DK
January 1977
 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Lust at Leisure by Michael Avallone

Everyone Knew Betty
The Sexpot Of The Suburbs!


An explosive story of a frigid woman who turned into a suburban menace!

Printing History
Written by Micheal Avallone (1924-1999)

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corporation
Beacon Signal Books 
B611F
1963

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Carter Brown Collectors' Series Volume 2 No 7

2nd Collectors' Series Volume 2 Number 7

Murder Paris Fashion and The Lady Is A Killer


 Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

Murder Paris Fashion
1st Edition 1954
2nd Edition 1957
3rd Edition 1960

The Lady Is A Killer
1st Edition 1951
2nd Edition 1955
3rd Edition 1958
4th Edition 1960
 (Originally Titled The Lady Is Murder)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Nice Girls Finish Last by Alex Carter

A Shocker!
The novel about kids who bargain their souls to win beauty contests

That's what they told Norma........
A sweet teenager until she entered the beauty contest game
And entered it to win!

 Paging 
Beautiful girls
Ambitious Girls
Willing Girls

Come and get it! Fame, Fortune, A Rich Husband

Name it and it's yours!

All You Have To Do Is Win
This is the cry of the panderer, the promoter, the flesh peddler, the shady kind of beauty contest operator, as he hawks his wares on the college campus, in the high school lunchroom, wherever beautiful young girls are ready to learn how to play the bathing beauty game and play it as Norma did...to win.

Printing History
Written by Alex Carter

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corporation
Beacon Signal Sixty
B703X
1964

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

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Eiger Sanction (1975)


Clint Eastwood is an art history professor, mountain climber, and former assassin who was once employed by a secret United States government agency. He is blackmailed into returning to his deadly profession and do one more "sanction". He later agrees to join an international climbing team in Switzerland planning an ascent of the Eiger north face in order to complete a second sanction to avenge the murder of an old friend.

Cast
  • Clint Eastwood as Jonathan Hemlock
  • George Kennedy as Ben Bowman
  • Vonetta McGee as Jemima Brown
  • Jack Cassidy as Miles Mellough
  • Heidi Brühl as Anna Montaigne
  • Thayer David as Dragon
  • Gregory Walcott as Pope
  • Reiner Schöne as Karl Freytag
  • Michael Grimm as Anderl Meyer
  • Jean-Pierre Bernard as Jean-Paul Montaigne
 Trivia
Based on the 1972 novel The Eiger Sanction, by Trevanian (Rodney William Whitaker 1931-2005)

October 1972