Monday, July 9, 2018

Frenzied by R. Van Taylor

The Many Desperate Faces Of Passion

Cover by Lou Marchetti
Meet Duke Cannon, fast talking wonder boy of Consolidated Mobile Homes. He was after success and he didn't care how he got it....He drove his wife, Marie, into another man's arms because her demands took too much time....He pushed his secretary, Donna, into bed of a sadistic client to help him close a deal....Then he met Lilly Edmonds, luscious, fast loving boss lady of Consolidated, and he learned that success could be won or lost in the bedrooms of demanding executives.

Printing History
Written by R. Van Taylor

Monarch Books
May 1962

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July or Independence Day

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. The Congress actually voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Murder-Very Dry by Samm Sinclair Baker

Three Little Sisters
Burning Bright.....

Cover by Oliver Brabbins
Pretty Polli was a king size conflagration.
Dolli any man's trial by flame
Molli an irresistible little hotpoint.

And all three were dying to make a killing. But why would Clark Clark Clark stop them ? Wasn't the hundred grand quiz his baby, the only TV riddle show featuring bullet riddled guests? After all, between Clark and the sisters stood only his own lovely wife, some unlovely cops, and a phantom slayer whose motto was...Keep 'Em Dying!

Printing History
Written by Samm Sinclair Baker (1909-1997)

A Graphic Mystery 
January 1956

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Unfinished Crime by Helen McCloy

Unfinished Crime
by Helen McCloy

Web Of Terror
When Sara Dacre comes across a large red pendant at a twenty cent jewellery stall she is tempted to buy it, especially when she bumps into her friend Gerry Hone, who persuades her that it will brighten up her old grey taffeta. But soon she finds herself at the center of some strange events. On leaving the shop she and Gerry witness the scene of an accident, but nobody can agree what happened. And when Gerry takes her out for coffee he goes to the counter to order, and never comes back . . . 

Printing History
Written by Helen Worrell Clarkson McCloy (1904-1994)

A Graphic Mystery

Monday, June 25, 2018

Carter Brown Double Feature

Two Classic Al Wheeler Thrillers

Delilah Was Deadly/No Harp For My Angel
Cover by Xou Creative
Delilah Was Deadly
"Someone's throwing corpse around so fast I'd call a cop, only I'd look sort of silly if I did!"

Unorthodox L.A. cop Lieutenant Al Wheeler has just been promoted to the head of Homicide following his success cracking his last case. This time around, a social editor of a fashion magazine is discovered dead inside a safe, strangled with a pink nylon girdle, wearing his silk pajamas. It looks like this might be the work of Satanists but before long the bodies start to pile up when one of Al's colleagues gets killed.......

No Harp For My Angel
"She was sitting on a stool at the bar with an old-fashioned in front of her. It was the only old-fashioned thing about her!"

Al Wheeler is vacationing in Florida when he hits on a redhead named Julie Adams, and thus meets crime boss Johnny Lynch. Lynch has Al beat up and framed for a car theft, but fortunately the local chief of police is an old friend of Al's. He tells Al that a lot of pretty young girls have gone missing in the area, and that he thinks Lynch is involved. Wheeler is talked into going undercover to get tot eh bottom of it....

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

Brio Books Pty Ltd
Carter Brown Foundation Pty

May 2018
ISBN 978 1-922057-35-8

Delilah Was Deadly 
1956 by Horwitz Publications

No Harp For My Angel
1956 by Horwitz Publications

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Way We Love by Stuart Friedman

An Unconventional Novel Of Manners And Morals In A Modern Hospital

Cover by Harry Barton

This is a realistic story of human passion and weakness behind the ultramodern facade of a big city hospital the saga of Kurt Severton. A brilliant surgeon who feels duty-bound to prevent a whitewash of a bungled operation by his chief, Dr. Tolliver. 

There's Donna, Tolliver's wife hot, vibrant, and eager to love who thrusts herself wantonly into Severton's life. 

And Marti, his mistress, who gives him everything a woman can give: love, loyalty, passion. 

But above all, there is Severton's guilty conscience. Has he the right to expose a colleagues professional mistake when his own personal life is not above reproach?

Printing History
Written by Stuart Freidman
copyright 1960

Monarch Books
May 1964

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Guilty As Hell by Brett Halliday

Femmes Fatales
Robert McGinnis Cover

Teeny-Bopper Trouble
Deedee was jailbait, but her looks, curves and experience made her a very effective man-trap; and someone had decided to spring her on Mike Shayne.

Shayne had no time for minor problems like Deedee until he discovered she had some major connections with espionage, blackmail and murder. And by that time he had already been hooked...

Printing History 
Written by Robert Terrall

Dell Publishing Company
 November 1967
December 1977

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The City Of Hoke by Shelly Lowenkopf

Cozy Up With Kozy Books

Printing History
Written by  Shelly Lowenkopf

Kozy Books

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Another Carter Brown Triple Play

Stark House Mystery Classics

 Introduction By Rick Ollerman
 Carter Brown was the literary pseudonym of Alan Geoffrey Yates (August 1923-May 1985) He was an English-born Australian writer of detective fiction. Mr Yates wrote more than 300 mysteries during his lifetime. His books, originally published by Horwitz and Signet, were set in the United States and published throughout the world. In its obituary for Yates in 1985, The New York Times noted that he had written "some 30 detective novels with American backgrounds before ever having visited the United States. He said he chose American settings because Australians preferred them."
A rumor spread at the height of his popularity that Yates was one of John F. Kennedy's favorite authors, a rumor which helped propel his sales even further in the North American market. Carter Brown's huge international success saw reportedly 120 million books in print, second only to The Bible in terms of the number of languages into which they were translated. The success of the books also spawned a comic book series, the 'Carter Brown Murder Mystery Hour' on radio, three French films, a Japanese TV series, and a French literary award for 'The most whiskies drunk in a single novel'.

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

Stark House Press
ISBN 781944 520441
May 2018

No Harp For My Angel
1956 by Horwitz Publications

Booty For A Babe
1956 by Horwitz Publications
Eve, It's Extortion
as Walk Softly, Witch
as The Victim (USA)
1957 by Horwitz Publications
1959 by Horwitz Publications
1959 by Signet Books

Bonus Covers

No Harp For My Angel

Booty For a Babe

 Eve, It's Extortion
Walk Softly, Witch
The Victim


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Memorial Day 2018

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Midwood Double Trouble

Midwood Double Trouble

Nymph In Nylons
by Amanda Moore

Diana knew she had not been asked to attend the out of town convention just to take dictation and type letters but she hadn't expected the kind of special services her boss demanded of her.

A Willing Worker
by Leslie Roote

Linda was trying her hardest to lead a respectable life and keep her secretarial job but her past kept returning to haunt her, a past filled with lustful men and back alley sex.

Printing History

A Midwood Book
Midwood Enterprises, Inc
March 1966

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Campus Jungle by Joan Ellis

Coeds Led To Sin By A Faculty Of Wolves

Paul Rader Cover

Faculty Love Nest Uncovered

Ravenwood College Found To  Be Sin School

Dean's Private Classroom A Sex Trap 

Ravenwood Coeds Seduced By Faculty

Paul Rader Cover
Printing History
Written by Julie Ellis

Tower Publications, Inc
Midwood Books
No 182


Monday, April 30, 2018

Smashing Detective Stories

Smashing Detective 
Editor Robert W. Lowndes


The Wrong Killer · William F. Schwartz
Death of a Pampered Pigeon  · Dennis Wiegand
The Squeeze · Matt Christopher
Doublecross Time · Saul Anthony
Death Is Invisible · Jim Harmon
The Big Squawk · Thomas Thursday
The Face of Nemesis · Reuben Jenner

Columbia Publications, Inc
Volume 5 #1
July 1956

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kill Me In Yoshiwara by Earl Norman

Burns Bannion On The Loose In The Vice Corner Of Tokyo

Burns Bannion In Yoshiwara
Burns Bannion is back on another assignment: the fleshpots of Yoshiwara, the age old home of prostitution in the middle of Tokyo........The young and voluptuous Hiroko puts Bannion on the tracks of her older sister, who has been savagely beaten to death by Bannion's own weapon.

Karate, the deadly method of Japanese fighting in which the human hand can be as lethal as a knife blade. Before he's finished in Yoshiwara, Bannion has more corpses lying around than one would care to count.

Printing History
Written by Norman Thompson (1915-2000)

Berkley Medallion Books 
February 1961

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Nice Fillies Finish Last by Brett Halliday

Mike Shayne, the fastest moving private eye of all, 
bets his life he can beat a murderous mastermind to the finish lane.

Daily Double
The first luscious lady Mike Shayne ran into was a sweet young thing named Win who had the tiniest bikinis, the fewest of inhibitions, and the roughest, toughest of husbands. The second siren who put herself in his path was a blonde beauty named Claire, who had more money than morals, and whose loving husband gave her free rein. The big, red headed detective would have liked to spend more time with both of them, but he was in a race against death, on a track littered with corpses, and a vicious killer held the whip hand.......

Printing History
Written by Robert Tarrell

Dell Publishing Company
February 1966
December 1976
Bonus Cover

Robert McGinnis Cover

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Crimson In The Purple by Holly Roth

A Beautiful Victim In A Mansion Of Murder

Cover by Robert Maguire
The brakes on her cr failed, almost catapulting her to death. Yet two hours later a mechanic could fin nothing wrong with them. The agonies of  "ptomaine" gripped her three times in eight days. Yet the rest of her family was unaffected by the same food. And twice someone had come into her room in the dead of night. They had not attacked, not spoken. They had just stood there, breathing. It could have been  meant that someone wanted to murder her. Or she could have imagined it all.....

But that would mean she was going mad.

Printing History
Written by Holly Roth (1916-1964)

by Simon and Schuster, Inc

by Pyramid Books

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hell's Angels by Hank Janson

Her life was a paradise of sex and drugs, but she lied one hell of a death

Cover by Robert Maguire

There's really nothing wrong with carrying a lady's suitcase, except when the "lady" is playing one for a sucker and the suitcase is loaded with sweet dreams for ten thousand junkies. But that's exactly what happens when Hank Janson's very chivalrous instincts backfire and a couple of casual dates explode into a deadly international affair.

Printing History
Written by Stephen D Frances (1917-1989)

The New International Library, Inc
Gold Star Books

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Amazing Stories June 1946

Amazing Stories

Arnold Kohn

Luder Valley
by Richard S Shaver (1907-1975)

by Heinrich Hauser (1901-1955)

The Brothers Shenanigan 
by David V. Reed (1914-1994)

To Whom It May Concern
 by Millicent Holmberg

Printing History

June 1946
Volume 20 No 3

Saturday, April 7, 2018

This Kill Is Mine by Dean Evans

 This Kill Is Mine

Cover by Oliver Brabbins

If A Body Meets a Body....!

When you hire out to a crooked million, you can expect your pay in mayhem! But there were compensations, Arnold Weir figured. A couple prime blondes, a coupe prime emeralds...And what did he have to lose, except somebody else's life? 

Of course, the thing he could not lose produced all the trouble! Like  the cop named John Doe. The homicide trail leading straight to his own door. The girls, and the goons, and the weirdest murderer ever to stalk the city.....

A Kill-Crazy Corpse!

Printing History
Written by Dean Evans

Abelard-Schuman, Inc

Graphics Publishing Company
Graphic Books
Original title was
No Slight Whisper

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Underground Cities Contract by Philip Atlee

Joe Gall Tracks Down Double-Dealing Turkish Terrorists

There was a large sealed envelope awaiting for Joe. Just when I need, he thought. Another contract. Another errand for the murderous butcher's boy.

But that's the way it went for Joe Gall, top secret nullifier, the governments ace hit man and blue ribbon executioner. Joe was tired of playing the bad Good Guy. But he was so good at being bad, or vice versa, they wouldn't let him cop out. Which is why the very dirty and dangerous job of liberating three American agents captured by Turkish terrorists became Joe Gall's baby. Bastard might be more accurate. Because nothing about this deal was legitimate. Except Joe. He was the real thing.

Printing History
Written by James Atlee Phillips (1915-1991)

Fawcett Gold Medal
February 1974

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Double Shuffle by James Hadley Chase

She Was Worth One Million Dollars...Dead

Insured: For Sudden Death
Who persuaded the gorgeous burlesque queen to insure herself for on million dollars?
Who knew that there was one way to kill her that no one could ever foresee?
Who discovered an amazing family coincidence just in time to make a monstrously clever murder possible?

Oliver Brabbins Cover
These were the baffling questions that Steve Harmas' boss at the insurance company expect him to answer when the company found itself stuck with the strangest policy in the world. Steve and his never at a loss wife, Helen, track down the shrewdest killer.

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

Gannet Press

Signet Books
June 1954

Monday, March 26, 2018

Country Girl by Joan Ellis

He was her only chance of escaping the boredom of small-town life and it was a chance she was determined to take!

Paul Rader Cover

The Impatient Age

She wanted to make him notice her, to see how ripe and restless she was, to sense her hunger for big city glamour and excitement.

She wanted to tell him what she  was willing to do in return for a ticket away from the nothingness of her dull existence.

She wanted to prove to him that a girl from the wrong side of the tracks knew more about pleasing a man than any spoiled and sophisticated college girl.

She wanted to show him i n a dozen different ways how grateful she would be if only he'd giver a chance to be something more than a country girl.

Printing History
Written by Julie Ellis

Tower Publications, Inc
Midwood Books

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Backstairs by L.K. Scott

A Society Woman's Strange Craving

Cover by Jim Bently

Four People Caught In A Riptide Of Raw Emotions

Lydia-Behind her mask of genteel respectability, hidden desires smoldered and flamed.

Fredrick-He was torn between his sister's adoration and the servant girl's love.

Mollie- The maid. Her bewitching innocence and willing lips proved more dangerous than her mistress's corruption. 

Clyde-The road gang tough who held the key to Mollie's past, and discovered the meaning of Lydia's strange craving....

Cover by Jerome Podwil

Printing History
L.K. Scott

Almat Publishing Corp
Pyramid Books  


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Nude Running by Clayton Matthews

She Was A Power Hungry Woman Who Used Love As A Weapon

Cover by Rafael M deSoto
Vengeance.........drove Steve Temple back to Reesville to fight Mona Alcott, the 'lady" D.A., who sent his father to prison eight year before.

Corruption.....was the keynote of Mona's powerful political machine, and she used every unladylike means to enforce her rule. 

Steve was determined to stop her in any way he could, in spite of the fact he was falling for Mona's naive young daughter, Laurie. Joining forces with reform candidate Luther Kelso, Steve started a campaign aimed at Mona's greatest source of revenue, girls, gambling, and gin. But Steve did not count on Mona's insatiable thirst for money and power. With her political ambitions threatened, Mona proved she wasn't a lady but a tiger, ready to offer her own daughter as a sacrificial lamb to protect her empire of sin.

Printing History
Written by Clayton Hartley Matthews (1918-2004)

Monarch Books
February 1963

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Revolt Of Abbe Lee by James MacBrian

She Always Got Her Way
No Matter What The Cost

Cover by Tom Miller
Beware Of Abbe Lee!
She was Abbe Lee..luscious, nubile, amoral..a girl ready to revolt because she'd always been ignored by the domineering males in her family. Jacob, her father, and Michael, a brother. It was time for revenge.

Only one way presented itself. To wreck the family business. But what chance does an inexperienced girl, inexperienced in business, that is...have to outmaneuver men who know all the ins and outs of throat cutting? Any other woman night have given up the idea, but Abbe went into battle using the only weapon she had..her willing body.

From then on it was simply a matter of trading certain intimacies for cooperation from the professional destroyers who were suddenly eager to see that Abbe Lee gained her ends.

Printing History
Written by Richard Alan Curtis (1937- )

Monarch Books
April 1964

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Summer Of Sin by Orrie Hitt

Clem Evans learned that Nan was good for him.
Emily was easy for him.
Gloria was a challenge to him
Because she needed more than a man!

Summertime ..when the lovin' is easy
And nowhere was it easier than Playland Beach. When Clem Evans arrived on the hot sands, cute beauties in bathing suits threw themselves at him. In Particular there was Nan Gordon, who had her own perverse ideas of what a man should be, and do. And there was Emily, a sultry brunette, so generous that her favors covered the waterfront. There was Gloria Darnell, too, the blonde temptress who was a wholly new experience for him. Gloria was hard to please and impossible to trust, and the delights she gave Clem were only means to a dangerous end. In her embraces Clem was helpless, caught in an erotic web from which there seemed no escape........Until the night he opened the bedroom door and saw for himself to what depraved depths her lusts had driven her! 

Printing History
Written by Orrie Edwin Hitt (1916-1975)

Universal Publishing And Distributing Corp
Beacon Books

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Harem by Louis Charles Royer

"One Woman Isn't Enough"
the artist said

Shocked by stories of his artist brothers unconventional life  on the primitive isle of Port Cros, Michel Faulcroix abandoned his respectable banker's existence in Paris for the role of the reformer. Like an avenging prophet, he sought to destroy his brother's Mediterranean paradise where three exotic women and one man shared a strange pact of marriage. What Michel discovered, and how he was tempted by the Bohemian life.

Printing History
Written by Louis Charles Royer

Greenberg Publishing
January 1932

Dell Publishing Company
January 1952

Pyramid Books

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Framed In Guilt by Day Keene

Keene's First Novel

Bob Stanton said he didn't know the girl. He said he didn't remember a wife and child in England. He said he hadn't married anyone ever. Then Eve appeared, Eve, blinded in the blitz, who had only her memories of the husband who never came back. Hi-Lo,  pounds of full blooded Sioux, had been through lots of scrapes with Stanton. But murder was one thing, and deserting a beautiful wife, blinded by war, was another. Stanton said he was framed! Well, at least one man agreed with him. Inspector Treech thought he was Framed in Guilt!

Printing History
Written by Gunnar Hjerstedt (1904-1969)

M.S. Mill Company
Graphic Books 

Stark House Press

Monday, March 12, 2018

Dressed To Kill by Milton Ozaki

Boy Meets Body

Cover by Walter Popp

The car was hot, and so was the blonde who drive it. A smart shamus like Rusty Forbes should have known better than to hole up with her in a tourist cabin. By the time that little picnic was over, he found himself custodian of a corpse and on the trail of enough loot to stock a department store. To bad for Rusty that some of Chicago's rougher citizens viewed the situation with alarm. It wasn't enough that the corpse brought the cops down on him. He also had to battle a horde of hoodlums. Fortunately, the hot blonde had a cool friend, even bigger and blonder. She gave Rusty, among other nice things, a tip on how to come out of the deal with a buck or two. Whereupon he quit being a fugitive for justice and dished it out instead, with the aid of his pet .38 equalizer!

Printing History
Written by Milton K Ozaki (1913-1989)

Graphic Books
January 1954

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Strange Sisters by Fletcher Flora

She Dared Enter a Lesbian World

A beautiful young lesbian, Kathy, falls into relationships with women. However, feeling unnatural, she starts to experience bouts of depression that become so intense and protracted, that she tries to escape by letting a man she meets in a bar date her. When the man makes a sexual advance at her, Kathy is so overcome by repulsion that she attacks him violently.

Printing History
Written by Fletcher Flora (1914-1968)

Pyramid Books 

Lion Books
July 1954

Monday, March 5, 2018

Backfire by Dan Marlowe

He Fell In Love With Another Cop's Wife
Then Had To Go Out And Find His Killer

Stakeout For A Killer
They were tough, ambitious cops, Marty Donovan and Tony Alfieri, a good precinct team. They agreed on most things except dames. Tony chased anything in skirts and Marty hated the look of  Lenore Alfieri's face every time her husband cheated. Hated it enough to fall in love with her himself. Then Lenore dreamed up the stakeout, the unauthorized stakeout to catch the murderous jewel who was baffling Headquarters. No one could tell that it would end with Tony bleeding his life away on the jewelry shop floor while his killer escaped. Marty was caught in a squeeze. HE had to build a cover of deceit and lies to protect Lenore and save his badge.

But the job seemed impossible. Somewhere in 
the city was a killer whose face he'd never seen. 
But the killer had seen his.....

Printing History
Written by Dan J Marlowe (1914-1986)

Berkley Medallion Books
G 575 
November 1961

Saturday, March 3, 2018

This Is For Real by James Hadley Chase

When a woman turns up in Paris with information to sell to the CIA, is it for real? It soon becomes clear that it is, and the CIA aren't the only ones to realize it

Robert Henry Carey was a spy who had defected to Russia and when the news leaked out that he had changed sides again an intensive and ruthless manhunt was on. From the glamour and nerve shattering noise of Paris the hunt switches to the violent and scorched wastelands of Senegal, West Africa.

There is Fat Rossland who doesn't recognize trouble when it sits on his lap:
Girland, a dissatisfied agent who is greedy for money and women:
Dualnay who fatally plays the ends against the middle:
Radnitz, the sinister tycoon with a past:
And finally Malik, the blonde Russian, with whom Girland tangles in a deadly battle of wits:

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

Robert Hale 

The Thriller Book Club

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Vengeance Is Mine by Mickey Spilliane

Mike Hammer Thriller

Chester Wheeler was a nice guy. Now he's dead. That's all Hammer knows about the stiff in the hotel room. But that isn't enough because Hammer suspects murder while the cops are calling it a suicide. Without a license or a gun, Hammer is pushing his way through a swirl of sex-and-game clubs, high priced models and not just a little blackmail. Someone is working hard to frame Hammer and he's working hard to find out why. Everywhere he turns, he keeps coming up against a blonde beauty named Juno. She holds the key to the crime wave that could unlock the mystery behind the nice guy's murder.

Printing History
Written by Frank Morrison Spillane (1918-2006)

  E.P Dutton

Signet Books

August 1962

Monday, February 26, 2018

High Tide Temptress by Marc Brody

She's Floating A Racket To Land Brody In A Crime Wave.........

She had the whole male clientele yelling their heads off and screaming for more, all except Brody. He was trying to figure out why a lush thrush like Gina Crespi was singing in a city as small and drawing a tenth of the pay she'd rate in New York....

Maybe she was looking for something....

Back in her dressing room after the show Marc began to get the idea was looking at him had the hottest espionage story to hit the headlines for ten years, and she wanted to trade it to Uncle Sam for entry to the U.S. for her lover, Tony Esposito, who was lammed out of the States to the Far East a while back when the FBI closed in on his pals in the Defense Department..... 

Gina figured Brody was just the guy to sell Washington on the story, and the payoff, the press scoop of the century.......

But it was the third one that had Marc figuring that he wouldn't live long enough to make those front page banner headlines....

Printing History
Written by W.H. (Bill) Williams

 Horwitz Publication, Inc
Numbered Series 
September 1958