Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fit To Kill by Brett Halliday

Mike Shayne
The Suave Private Eye With Deadly Cool
Tackles A Treacherous Case Of Sudden Death
Intrigue And Pulse Pounding Mystery

Robert McGinnis Cover

Contraband Blonde
She was a foxy, fair haired American in distress whom Tim Rourke had chivalrously smuggled into the states. She was also hot copy for an underground revolution story Tim had been working on in Central America, and he wanted an exclusive, in all areas. Mike Shayne had no intention of cutting in on his friend's private territory. But when Rourke was kidnapped, the blonde disappeared and a bug eyed killer began spilling blood, and mike knew it was time to step from the sidelines, only once he did, he became the perfect target for murder.
Printing History
Written by Robert Terrell

Dell Publishing Company

January 1959

February 1966
May 1976

Bonus Cover

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Saint And Mr. Teal by Leslie Charteris

The Saint Outwits Scotland Yard

The Saint vs Scotland Yard
Trapped by murderers, thieves, and vice lords on one side and Scotland Yard on the other, the Saint battles his way out of a tight corner.

Contains three novellas
The Gold Standard
The Man from St. Louis
The Death Penalty

Printing History
Written by Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin (1907-1993)
Hodder and Stoughton (UK)
January 1933 

Doubleday& Company (USA)
May 1933

Avon Books

Original title was Once More For The Saint

Friday, November 3, 2017

Perfumed Poison by Carter Brown

Soft light and sweet music....
Sweet music and black lace...
Black lace and blackmail......
Blackmail and.......................

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

Transport Publishing Company
for and on behalf of Horwitz Publications

Novelette Series

Collectors' Series No 13 
w/ Murder She Says and Sin-Sation Sadie

Second Collector’s Series Vol 2 #9
w/Shamus Your Slip Is Showing
June 1960

Monday, October 30, 2017

In The Hour Before Midnight by Jack Higgins

Stacey Wyatt was a gifted piano player and a soldier of fortune, and escaped prisoner from an Egyptian prison. He was on his way to a second chance at life. Or was it death?

Stacey Wyatt knows the power of the Mafia. He has seen what its brutal vengeance and sinister corruption can do. But when he is broken out of prison and brought to Sicily, his only choice is to enter the Mafia's shadowy world of treachery and death. His was a simple job, rescue the daughter of a wealthy businessman from the Sicilian bandit who had kidnapped her. The money was big, and the risk was worth it. But it's only when he's in too deep that he realizes the tables have turned, the job was a setup, and the only person left to trust is himself.

Printing History
written by Harry Patterson (1929-)

1969 by Jack Higins

Fawcett Gold Medal Books
November 1975

G.P. Putnam's Sons

Bonus Cover

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Carter Brown Triple Play

Stark House Mystery Classics 

The First 3 Al Wheeler Mysteries

Stark House Press brings back a true classic writer from down under.
 Carter Brown was the pen name for Alan Geoffery Yates (1923-1985). He worked as a salesman, a film sound recordist, and an encyclopedia salesman before becoming a publicity write for Qantas Airlines. During his time with Qantas he started writing and in 1951 began writing full time with Horwtiz Publishing House. Mr Yates turned out more than 300 Carter Brown Mysteries from 1951 until 1984. He passed away on May 5th 1985. He was posthumously awarded a "Ned Kelly" in 1997.

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

Stark House Press
October 2017
ISBN 781944 520335

Wench Is Wicked
1955 by Horwitz Publications

Blond Verdict
1956 by Horwitz Publications
1960 by Signet Books (as The Brazen)

Delilah Was Deadly
1956 by Horwitz Publications 

Bonus Covers

Monday, October 23, 2017

Check Force: The Peking Plot by Ralph Hayes

 China was the oldest civilization in the world and was about to become extinct

An angry Chinese general, stewing over land currently controlled by the Soviets but, in his opinion, historically belonging to the Chinese, has a plan for taking back the region by force. This plan is backed solidly by Force III, knowing that such a conflict would soon escalate into war and could even extend to a World War.

20th Century Warlord 
The revolution in China was not over. General Sheng-Tse was clawing his way into power, pledged to recover lands lost to the Russians. And the war like general was backed by Force III, a secret organization dedicated to world destruction.  

Force III
Put an entire arsenal at his disposal, knowing the Chinese general would suck both Russia and the U.S. into the final war.

Chane: a fugitive CIA agent and
Karlov: a disaffected Russian spy

They were the only ones who could stop the coming crisis. For while the world celebrated detente, it would soon be mourning a devastated planet. 

Printing History
Written by Ralph E Hayes

Manor Books

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Marked For Murder by Brett Halliday

When a crime wave grips Miami, Mike Shayne comes home to fight

Robert McGinnis Cover
 In the city room of the Courier, a reporter blocks out the clatter of typewriters to tell Miami the truth. In the past week, three murders have been committed in Miami Beach, and Timothy Rourke is the only person who sees the connection. As the mayor and the chief of police deny rumors of a crime wave, Rourke hollers from page one: Organized crime has taken over Miami, and the bloodshed has only just begun. Rourke is beaten to a pulp for exposing the mob's dirty dealings, and then he discovers a hot-eyed blonde in his apartment packing a .32. The situation is spinning out of control, and only one man can save the city from itself: Mike Shayne. He left Miami for New Orleans after the death of his beloved, and he will return with all the fury of an avenging angel. 

 Bonus Covers

Robert McGinnis Cover
Robert McGinnis Cover
Printing History
Written by Davis Dresser (1904-1977) 

Dodd Mead & Company 
Dell Publishing Company
#222  1948
D291 1959 
#5386 June 1968
#5386 1970

Originally published as “The Vanishing Blonde,” Mystery Book Magazine, December 1945

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Assassination Bureau, Ltd by Jack London and Robert L. Fish

A secret organization, The Assassination Bureau, Ltd., headed by Ivan Dragomiloff,  will assassinate evildoers, for example, corrupt police commissioners, legislators, politicians, etc.; but will not act unless convinced that the target truly is worthy of assassination. In a twist of fate, Dragomiloff finds himself pitted against the secret assassination agency he founded.

 Bonus Covers

 Printing History
Written by Jack London (1876-1916)
based on an unfinished novel
Finished by Robert Lloyd Fish (1912-1981)


The Film
Oliver Reed as Ivan Dragomiloff
Diana Rigg as Sonya Winter
Telly Savalas as Lord Bostwick
Curd J├╝rgens as General von Pinck
Philippe Noiret as Monsieur Lucoville
Warren Mitchell as Herr Weiss
Beryl Reid as Madame Otero 
Clive Revill as Cesare Spado
Kenneth Griffith as Monsieur Popescu
Vernon Dobtcheff as Baron Muntzof
Annabella Incontrera as Eleanora Spado
Jess Conrad as Angelo
George Coulouris as Swiss Peasant

Directed by
Basil Dearden

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Nice Girls Finish Last by Sparkle Hayter

Robin Hudson, a reporter for the All News Network, overcomes a loathsome boss and a dead-end career when she discovers that the murder of her gynecologist may be connected to random shootings at her network. 

At 37 with one filed marriage and several lousy dates behind her, Robin Hudson is working on a new attitude/ A positive Mental Attitude. Sure she will still be toiling away in the tabloid Special Reports Unit at the All News Network for her loathsome boss Jerry Spurdle. But amidst the cutbacks she thinks a good attitude might improve her karma. Besides, she's added to her personal defense system a new weapon. A hot glue gun with two settings, steam and spray. So what could go wrong? Then her gynecologist is murdered, and her boss sends her to investigate a link with the S&M sex club underworld. In the meantime, someone is taking potshots at ANN's male talent. Are the shootings connected to the murder of the doctor? To Robin? Her Positive Mental Attitude hanging by a thread, robin must solve the mystery, or she may never have another date.

Printing History
Written by Sparkle Hayter

Penguin Books
ISBN 14-024516
April 1997

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Bloodtide by Robert Kalish

Murder Off The Maine Coast Plunges Skipper Gould Into The Hot Waters Of Atomic Espionage

His Fighting Instincts Kept Him Alive In 'Nam. Now He Needs Them Again For Another Deadly Mission...At Home.
The woman with the despair in her eyes wanted Skipper Gould to find her husband. He had taken his lobster boat out to sea one chill Maine morning and disappeared. No boat. No body. No trace. Skip[per was the editor of a small town newspaper, now. But the woman came to him because of what he had been. A Covert U.S. agent in Southeast Asia. A highly skilled fighter in the deadliest combat unit America had ever trained. Skipper's instincts warned him that his search for the missing fisherman was sweeping him towards a giant maelstrom of evil and violence. An international conspiracy swirling around a nuclear power plant on a quiet Maine cove. A massive anitnuke protest march, and a beautiful organizer whose luscious body could stop traffic. Whose secrets could stop Skipper...dead.

Printing History
Written by Robert Kalish

Avon Books
ISBN 380-89521
February 1985

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Stand In For Sin by Marc Brody

A Crime Reporter's Inside Story

Trapeze artist, Hilary Carver got a knife in his back and he was found in the queerest set up for he he had ever came across. What was the mystery hoodoo haunting Darbin's circus? Why did several animals die? How did one go about finding a killer who had no name or or no face? Carver's foster daughter lovely Lauren Wallace pleaded to find the killer. Basso the Clown offered his help. But Marc could have done without him or his queer dwarf, Nahume. Drago Francesco, the voluptuous snake charmer, had a way with snakes, but when a deadly fer-de-lance was found in Brody's bed, he did not want her around anymore. As for Oscar Zimmerman, the loin tamer, and Khoklov, the strong man, Marc could live a lifetime without them! But Yorty, the Runyon type ex criminal, took care of him because he was his "brudder". Phyllis  Vincent, the stripper proved one final thing.....

Printing History
Written by W. H. Williams

Horwitz Publications Inc

Unnumbered Series
September 1956

1st Collector's Edition
June 1958

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Saint Sees It Through by Leslie Charteris

Simon Templar Fights An International Dope Ring

The Saint pits himself against a lovely lady, 
and unflappable psychiatrist, 
and a maze of murder.

The Saint, who sometimes travels under the name Simon Templar, collides with the weirdest group of sinister characters he's ever met, including a mysterious European psychiatrist, a monstrous glandular freak, and a peculiar lady poet. Something sinister linked them all together, and Simon has to find out what it was. The key might be the suave shrink. Then again, it might be Avalon Dexter, the sexy singer with the sincere smile. And the gift for getting The Saint tangled up in the murderous riddle.

Printing History
Written by Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin (1907-1993)

The Crime Club (USA)

Hodder and Stoughton  (UK)

Avon Publications, Inc
First Printing May 1951
Second Printing November 1954

Curtis Books

This was the final full-length novel featuring Templar to be solely written by Charteris, as the author chose to concentrate on short stories and novella-length Saint stories hereafter.

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-)

1966 by Martin Fallon

Fawcett Gold Medal Books
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

Dell Publishing Company
April 1947

September 1949
March 1955
January 1961

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

Lion Library 

Pyramid Books

Mayflower Dell

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

Original Title
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 

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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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.