Sunday, September 10, 2017

Midnight Never Comes by Jack Higgins

A swift and deadly tale of intrigue and espionage set against the backdrop of the Scottish Highlands


Paul Chavasse had everything a good agent needed. Flair, ingenuity, a superb intelligence, common sense, plus a willingness to kill. Now he was part of the walking wounded. So badly hurt on his last mission they figured he was through. But Paul was far from through. A few months of special training and he was ready to take on one of the most dangerous men of the world. Max Donner, a millionaire with his own private army and a plan for stealing Britain's newest secret missile. Chavasse was ready for Max Donner. But he was not ready for Donner's beautiful stepdaughter, Asta. 


Printing History
written by Harry Patterson (1929-)

copyright 
1966 by Martin Fallon

Fawcett Gold Medal Books
M3190
February 1975

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Corpse Came Calling by Brett Halliday

Mike Shayne is accused of homicide after a dying man stumbles into his office

Robert McGinnis Cover
A corpse dropped in for cocktails 
Mike Shayne was more than a little disturbed. The police were not pleased either. How, they asked, could a man with three bullets in his chest drive to Mike's apartment, cross the lobby, take the elevator, and die only after he had reached Mike's door.  A good question and Shayne had to find an answer. Especially since it seemed so obvious that the principal cause of death had to be.... Mike Shayne.


Printing History
Written by Davis Dresser (1904-1977)

Dodd, Mead, and Company
1942

Dell Publishing Company
#168
April 1947

#342
September 1949
 
#842
March 1955
#D401
January 1961

#1496 
March 1964

Bonus Cover



Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Sky Block by Steve Frazee

They were out to kill him before he could find the secret weapon that would destroy America
 


The secret weapon of an unseen enemy.....
Vencel had known the mountain when he was a boy. He had climbed it, hunter on it, fished in its streams. But when he cane back, he found the mountain a place of swiftly spilling blood and sudden death. Vencel turned into an angry, vengeful man, and he swore to flush out the terrifying menace of Blue Peak. But no man alone could fight the barbarous enemy hidden deep inside the mountain. So Vencel joined the team of army brass, FBI agents, and the nation's top scientists. All of them caught up in a desperate hunt for the most devastating weapon ever devised for the destruction of mankind.....

Robert Mcguire
Printing History
Written by Steve Frazee

Rinehart & Company, Inc
1953

Lion Library 
1954
LL-3

Pyramid Books
1958
PG13

Mayflower Dell
1964

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Journey Towards Doom by James Gant

Untold Stories Of A War Correspondent


With five men and two women in the lifeboat there was no room for a murderer....
After that night of flames and horror, there were seven of them left in the lifeboat. The Kents, who had hated one another for twenty years. Janice Ballinger, beautiful, courageous and enigmatic, escaping from blackmail and fear into horror and death. Stratton, one of the three men who knew Janice Ballinger for what she really was. Frank Green, the steward, knew Janice, too. And so did Bob Clark. Then there was the seventh man, the man who would murder, silently, in the night. When all were sleeping.

Printing History
Written by James Gant

Horwtiz Publication, Inc
No 13
April 1958

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Doomsday, 1999 by Paul MacTyre

Legacy For The Last Men


Offspring Of Atomic Catastrophe
What would  happen if man's mastery of the world was suddenly snatched away by a new and more advanced type of life? This is the startling premise of this story. It fell to two people to face the news that mankind was about to follow the dinosaurs off the Earth's stage. one was Angus, veteran of a defeated western army in a world devastated by atomic warfare. The other was Liu, woman officer of a conquering army she already knew was destined for destruction. How these two found the new master species and what they did about it is an exciting and thought provoking science fiction adventure.

Printing History
written by Robin James Adam (1924-    )

Ace Books, Inc
F-201
1963

Original Title
Midge
1962 UK
 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Crimebeat Crisis by Hank Janson

Crimebeat Crisis

Press Conference

In this line a guy has to keep his eyes and ears wide open and his feet on the ground. Else when a break comes along or maybe a cute honey drifts into the sights he's there with his pants down. You can quote him that his proven recipe for getting himself a big load of trouble is to settle down with a good bottle to figure out the works of a good story. Within seconds its a matter of life and death on the blower, or a damsel in distress on the door step.

Printing History
Written by Stephen Frances

Roberts and Vinters Ltd 
F237
1964
 

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Silent Man by Clay Anthony

He knew too much to live!



“You’re in real trouble, pilgrim,” the deputy said. “Bill Thompson was one of the most popular men in these parts. He was as straight as a gunbarrel. Everybody liked him.”

Ormsby’s only reply was a nod as he sat down on his bunk.

“You’ve got just one chance,” Rice said. “You tell everything you know about the Gibb Gang and maybe they won’t fit a hemp necktie around your throat. I cain’t promise you anythin’, but there’s a chance the judge might be lenient, I guess.”

“I’ll speak to no one but the Chief Marshal from Topeka,” Ormsby said.

Rice’s eyes narrowed. “I ain’t good enough for ya?”

“The Chief Marshal,” Ormsby repeated.

“Sassy bastard, ain’t ya? Well, we’ll see how cocky you are when you hear a couple hundred people outside bayin’ for your blood. And it’ll happen, I’ve got no doubt about that.”

Printing History
written by Don Haring

Cleveland Publishing Company
Cleveland Western
#1573
n/d

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Feline Frame-Up by Paul Valdez

The Last Scientific Thriller



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

Scientific Thriller
Transport Publishing Co Pty Ltd
Published by Horwitz Publications Inc
May 1952

Monday, August 14, 2017

So Lovely She Lies by Carter Brown

Her Lips Frame The Answer To Highway Murder.........

Grant Roberts Cover
Martin Bern is just a private dick that sits all year round waiting for a case and when he takes a two week vacation. What happens? He gets a corpse and a client. His job? To see that Lea Price isn't charged with murder. That sounds straight forward enough, but Martin guesses El Santara folk think that he is a simpleton. He kept meeting different people with the same names, and the same people with different names, but can Martin get the picture. First there was the blond with the cute smile and the willing ways, until she figured he be more useful to her dead than alive. And the nightclub singer who made news every time she changed her mind. But it was a profitable vacation, all good clean fun, but there were only five murders, weren't there!

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

Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series
#71
October 1958

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Murder Spins The Wheel by Brett Halliday

Mike Shayne, the private eye who digs trouble, 
Gets in deeper than he should in a chilling case of lethal long shots and murder


Sexy
Secy
Theo Moore was the bright and beautiful very private secretary to one of the biggest gambling bosses in Florida. Harry Bass was also Theo's meal ticket, and when people began taking pot shots at him, Theo was distressed to say the least. When Harry called Mike Shayne in to help, Theo offered services to the redhead that went well beyond her required duties. Shayne thought it was terrific, until her secretarial dictation led him into an extremely unbusinesslike situation rife with dirty sex, dangerous drugs, and carefully organized murder.

Printing History
Written by Robert Terrall (1914-)

Dell Publishing Company
#6123
April 1966
November 1974

Other Covers
Robert McGinnis Cover

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Beat The Devil by Clint McCall

Pinto Western #481



If he failed they'd kill his wife!

Printing History
written by J Ashley 

Cleveland Publishing Company
n/d

Friday, August 4, 2017

Meet Me In Darkness by Raymond Banks

Sam King lives up at hotel homicide
Complete with corpses under foot and blondes under beds


Private Detective Sam King is a licensed roving Eye. He is a refugee from Denver, operates his agency out of L. A., and specializes in stolen goods--preferably the kind measuring 36"-24"-36".

A far out inn.......
The Conroy was smaller than the Sheraton, rougher than the Ritz. The room service, however, was the most. Specialties of the house included hot and cold running redheads, built in blonde and a vacation suite reserved for dead folks only.

Printing History
Raymond E. Banks  (1918-1996)

Popular Giant
Popular Library
G495
December 1960
 

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Last Match by David Dodge

Would Interpol Get Him First...
Or Would She?

Cover by William George
 When a handsome swindler working the French Riviera meets a beautiful heiress on the beach at Cannes, sparks fly.  But so do bullets – and soon he’s forced to flee the country with both the police and the heiress on his trail.

From the casinos of Monaco to the jungles of Brazil, from Tangier to Marrakesh to Peru, the chase is on.  And not even a veteran of Monte Carlo’s baccarat tables would dare to place odds on where it will end… 

Printing History
Written by David Dodge (1910-1974)

Hard Case Crime #25
Dorchester Publishing Company
October 2006
ISBN 8439 5596

Triva
The manuscript, which remained unsold at the time of his death, was discovered among his papers and is the first new Dodge material to be published in 35 years.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mansion Of Evil by Caroline Farr

Lovely Diane Montrose came to the mansion called Ravensnest to save a life.
And finds her own threatened as she seeks love in a house shadowed by death.


Violent Death Stalked The Towering Cliffs Of Ravensnest
Lapped by the Gulf Of Maine waters, Ravensnest brooded like a specter from the past, over the fishing town of Tregoney. To the gloomy ruin of a mansion came beautiful Diane Montrose on a nursing assignment.

More than illness threatened the life of her young charge, Robyn Warburton, whose Mother perished under mysterious circumstances. Diane found herself drawn into a web of evil. What was the terrible secret that dominated everyone's lives at Ravensnest? What horror was hidden in the cell, hewn from the living rock of the cliffs below it? What was the danger that lurked in Diane's attraction to David Warburton, heir to the family's fortune?

Printing History
Richard Wilkes-Hunter (1906-1991)

Horwtiz Publications Inc
1966

Signet Books
D3008
November 1966 

T4858
December 1971

Bonus Cover
Australian Edition 


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Force 10 From Navarone by Alistair MacLean (II)

Fontana Books Edition


copyright 1968
Cymbeline Productions Ltd.

Fontana Books 1970
13th Impression August 1974

Originally posted in July 2015

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