Sunday, May 31, 2020

Catch Me A Phoenix! by Carter Brown

Today is the end of Alan G Yates Month here and we will highlight.....

Catch Me A Phoenix!
by Carter Brown

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

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #124 1965
International Edition Series # 76 1972 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Trouble Is a Dame (II) by Carter Brown

Alan G Yates Month keeps rolling along with this duplicate title from 1954. 

She Wanted Me To Be A Scientific Shamus....
But How Can You Analyse A Blonde When.......

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Large Format Series
July 1954

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Insel des Todes (Lover, Don't Come Back) by Carter Brown

Insel des Todes (Lover, Don't Come Back) 
by Carter Brown

Continuing the month long tribute to Alan G Yates and pseudonyms. Here is the German edition of Lover, Don't Come Back.

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

Ullstein Bucher

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Dutch Carter Brown

Dood door Geweld by Carter Brown

Dutch Edition of Suddenly By Violence

Our month long tribute to Australian author Alan G Yates

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

Middernacht #12
No Date

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Ready When You Are, CB! by Alan G Yates

Ready When You Are, CB! 
by Alan G Yates

We are in the middle of  the tribute to Alan G Yates for the month of May. This time around it is his autobiography. It an important insight into the life and times of one of the world's successful novelist. This autobiography is an amusing and warm account of the road to success and the people met along the way. Mr Yates is also arguably the most witty, outrageous, and versatile of them all mystery authors. Yates has written science fiction, westerns, and even a comic or two. His mysteries have sold more than 100 million copies and have been published in fourteen languages in twenty-two countries. 

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

Melbourne Macmillan

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Carter Brown Comic (#1)

Our continuing tribute to author Alan G Yates (1923-1985) during the month of May.

The First Issue

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc

Three total issues

Sunday, May 10, 2020

No Halo For Hedy by Carter Brown

A month long tribute to author Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

No Halo For Hedy
by Carter Brown

A corpse on the golf course left her score at murder

Character: Russ Burton

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

Horwitz Publications 

Numbered Series 

Reprint By Demand Series

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Chill On Chili by Carter Brown

She was spicy even in that vice ridden underworld, but among her own mob of hot tamales were a dozen waiting to put the....

Main Character: Johnny Eaton

Our month long tribute to author Alan G Yates. 

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

Transport Publishing Company

Novelette "Lovely" Series
December 1953

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Friends Of Lucifer by Dennis Sinclair

The Friends Of Lucifer
by Dennis Sinclair

SURVIVAL takes on the forces of Satan to overthrow.............

A member of SURVIVAL as well as a wealthy British aristocrat disappears shortly after his wife and child were murdered. When Ballard investigates, he finds a strange cult of devil worshipers behind a strange plot.

Printing History
Written by  Alan G Yates 1923-1985)

Corgi Books

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Lady Is Murder by Carter Brown

Lady Is Murder 
by Carter Brown

Month long tribute to Alan G Yates

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

Transport Publishing Company 1951, August 1954
w/Madame, You're Morgue Bound and Cyanide Sweetie
First Collectors Series No 5 1955

Title changes to The Lady Is A Killer in 1958
w/Murder By Miss Take 
Second Collectors Series Vol 1 No 18

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Leisure Detective Magazine #9

Leisure Detective Magazine #9

Join us on our journey of a tribute to author Alan G Yates during the month of May

Hush-a-Buy Homicide by Alan Yates (1923-1985)
Pay-Off: by  Rex Gold

Printing History
Action Comics

Monday, May 4, 2020

Prompt For Murder by Sinclair MacKellar

Prompt For Murder 
by Sinclair MacKellar

Our month long tribute to author Alan G Yates's work

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

Raven House Mysteries
Published by Worldwide Library
June 1981 

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Flight Into Horror by Paul Valdez

Flight Into Horror

Our month long tribute to Australian author Alan G Yates and his pseudonyms.

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

Transport Publishing Co
March 1951

Friday, May 1, 2020

The Blonde by Carter Brown

We kick off the Alan G Yates Month with his best seller,
The Blonde

Lee Manning, film land Romeo, committed suicide after a Hollywood bash. Or did he? Georgia Brown, babbling blonde, could tell what really happened. But would she? Paula Reid, demon TV interviewer,m was going to spill the facts on her TV show. But could she? Before the story got a chance to sizzle the airwaves, a killer stepped in and stopped George Brown dead. So Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler plays a near fatal role in an underground production of murder. 

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

Horwitz Publication, Inc
1958, 1961,1969, 1979

New American Library
1958, 1961, 1967, 1979, 1982

Alan G Yates Month

The month of May will be devoted to the British born Australian author Alan G Yates. Yates died in May 1985. He is best known for the man behind the Carter Brown literary persona. He wrote more than 300 titles for the series from 1951 to 1984. He also wrote science fiction, westerns, and others. Mr Yates moved to Australia in 1948 after WW he started writing part time while working in public relations for Qantas Airlines. Through the month you will see some different covers from his pseudonyms and maybe more. 

Alan G Yates (August 1, 1923- May 5, 1985)

Thursday, April 30, 2020

New York After Dark by Colin Ross

The World's Pleasure Palace, Where Humanity Is On The Loose
And A Taxi Is The Chariot To Every Known Vice

Sin From A To Z covered in this guide to wild life in Manhattan, where you can find everything from a rent your own beatnik service to a potluck pot party. Begin at infamous Greenwich Village where LSD buffets replace church suppers. Take subway to Broadway and 42nd Street where pornographic book stalls compete with prostitutes, both male and females. Hop a cab to the east 50's where a happening is an orgiastic art meeting with the nude models as the canvas. East Side, West Side, all around the town, there is something to appeal to every taste and whim in the biggest carnival of sin in the USA!

Printing History
Colin Ross

McFadden-Bartell Books
December 1966

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Maniac Murders by Paul Valdez

Maniac Murders
by Paul Valdez

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

Transport Publishing Co
April 1952

Friday, April 3, 2020

C Is For ..........................................

C Is For...............................................


Printing History
Written by Robert Randisi (1951- )

Charter Books 
January 1982
ISBN 441-10351

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

More Carter Brown Classics

More Carter Brown Classics

Al Wheeler Mysteries #10-12
The Unorthodox Corpse
Death On The Downbeat
The Blonde

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

Originally published in separate volumes by Horwitz Publications, Inc

The Unorthodox Corpse 
Numbered Series #54 December 1957
revised for Signet Books #1950 July 1961

Death On The Downbeat
Numbered Series #57 February 1958
as The Corpse (USA) Signet Books #1606 December 1958

The Blonde
Numbered Series #67 August 1958 
as for Signet Books #1565 November 1958

Cover art by Robert McGinnis
Dutch Edition of The Hang-Up Kid

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Chicago Confidential by Max Allan Collins

Nathan Heller #14

It's 1950 in Chicago, P.I. Nate Heller's old stomping grounds. But things are different now, and the wind is blowing in a different, decidedly more dangerous direction. Congressman-with-a-cause and presidential-hopeful Estes Kefauver creates the Committee on Organized Crime to put the squeeze on the mob. And anyone who ever associated with them. Heller tries to lay low, but when ex-cop Bill Drury cooperates and mafia moll Jackie Payne sings, Heller finds himself catapulted into the middle of the investigation.

Printing History
Written by Max Allan Collins (1948- )

Signet Books 
ISBN 451-20856
September 2003

Monday, March 23, 2020

California Roll by Roger L Simon

"I never sold out before because nobody ever asked me. In all it took around twenty minutes"

Cover by Lisa Falkenstern
Los Angeles private detective Moses Wine has turned forty and is worried about his future. When Silicon Valley beckons, Moses jumps. He takes a position as head of security for the Tulip Computer Corporation and things start looking up: he gets a new car, a new house, and a new girlfriend. One thing stays the same, however--murder seems to follow him around. When one of Tulip's young geniuses is shot to death, Moses begins his investigation amid his new world of corporate infighting and bureaucratic bungling and soon finds himself involved in international computer theft, double-crossing beautiful women, the Japanese mafia, and the GRU. The trail takes him from Northern California to Los Angeles to the beautiful Japanese countryside to the mean streets of Tokyo.

Printing History
Written by Roger L Simon (1943- )

Warner Books 
ISBN 446-32965
June 1986

Friday, March 20, 2020

Harvest Of Death by Ramsay Thorne

Captain Gringo cuts a hot path of love and fury through a jungle in hell!

Renegade #14

CAPTAIN GRINGO marches through Mexico!
His destination: A hotly disputed cocoa country where men indulge their greed, their lust, and their taste for blood. Captain Gringo's got to slash his way through torrid, twisted jungle crowded with Mexican marauders, greedy guerrillas, and ladies with love on their minds. The Captain's always ready to bed young maids or blast away with his Maxim, as magnificent Mayan ruins loom overhead. But when he comes up against a fanatical would-be dictator, it'll take all his American might and mind to explode a brewing international incident in a scorching climax!

Printing History
Written by Lou Cameron (1924-2010)

Warner Books, Inc
ISBN 446-30124
September 1982

Monday, March 2, 2020

Escape To Athena (1979)

Escape To Athena

A ragtag group of prisoners: Italian chef Bruno (Sonny Bono), British archeology professor Blake (David Niven), American soldier Nat (Richard Roundtree) and Greek prostitute Eleana (Claudia Cardinale): befriend each other in a Greek POW camp run by Otto Hecht (Roger Moore), an art-loving Nazi officer. With the help of local resistance fighters, the inmates plot to escape and steal valuable artifacts from a heavily guarded monastery that's used as a storehouse.

Directed by

George P. Cosmatos (1941-2005)

Roger Moore as Major Otto Hecht: an Austrian who is the Wehrmacht commandant of the POW camp, a former antiques dealer

Telly Savalas as Zeno: the head of the Greek island's resistance movement

David Niven as Professor Blake: senior British officer amongst the prisoners and a well-known archaeologist

Stefanie Powers as Dottie Del Mar: an American USO artist (in fact, stripper), who was shot down with Charlie and detained in the POW camp

Elliott Gould as Charlie Dane: an American comedian, USO performer and professional partner of Dottie

Claudia Cardinale as Eleana: a local madame, girlfriend of Zeno

Richard Roundtree as Sgt. Nat Judson: African-American POW and amateur magician

Sonny Bono as Bruno Rotelli: an Italian POW, professional chef

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Vanisher by Kenneth Robeson

The Vanisher

Doc Savage #52

The Dream Of The Deadly Gnome
Twenty convicts vanished without a trace from maximum security cells, and top businessmen suddenly disappeared. The tabloids trumpeted the reign of a small, deformed man — or woman — spotted at the scenes. Strangely, Doc Savage was framed for the disappearances — and then the murders … But the Horrible Hunchback hadn’t counted on the wrath of the mighty Man of Bronze!

Printing History
Written by Lester Dent (1904-1959)

The Conde Nast Publications, Inc
Doc Savage Magazine 
Street & Smith Publications Inc
December 1936

Bantam Books
ISBN 553-05536
September 1970

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

B Is For..............................................................

B Is For

Busted Wheeler

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

Horwitz Publications
Horwitz Group Books Pty Limited
Bucks Books
Published in Hong Kong 1979

Tower Publications Inc
Belmont Tower Books
ISBN 505-51414

Friday, February 14, 2020

I Prefer Murder by Browning Norton & Charles A Landolf

Murder, Very Dry.....

Cover by Saul Levine
That's what the uninvited guest whispered, as Tim Fallon and his scared blonde ordered drinks. The service was fast. Minutes later the blonde lay dead. So began that night of horror, with Tim marked a killer and another girl, the lovely Alix Bentley, his prey! Desperately he eluded the police and as desperately she eluded him.  But her young beauty was just the kind to tempt a friend. At dawn, she saw her locked door opening.....

The guest was back...and he had a key!

Printing History
written by Frank Rowland & Charles A Landolf

Graphic Mystery

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Mum's The Word For Murder by Brett Halliday

The Killer Placed An Ad..........
It was incredible, but true. Terror gripped the waiting city. A murderer was publishing ads in the newspaper announcing the exact time of his scheduled killings, and was getting away with it!

For detective Jerry Burke it was a special challenge, because the scornful threats were addressed ti him personally.

The times the killer struck, as he had proclaimed he would. And three times Jerry Burke played the fool, until a startling climax in a Mexican cafe untangles the unbelievable web of suspense and horror....

Printing History
Written by Davis Dresser (1904-1977)

Dell Publishing Company
Dell Books

July 1964

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A Is For..................................

A Is For

Amorous Captive

Printing History
Written by Stephen D Frances

Alexander Moring, LTD
January 1959
Printed in Paris France

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Pollen's Action: The Art Of Samson Pollen

Pollen's Action: The Art Of Samson Pollen 
Edited by Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle


Samson Pollen (1931–2018) was one of the greatest illustration artists whose work appeared in vintage men's adventure magazines from the 1950s to the 1970s. Pollen's specialty was action: dynamic, explosive, outrageous action. Illustrating work from authors Mario Puzo, Martin Cruz Smith, Richard Stark, Norman Mailer, Ed McBain, Richard Wright, Don Pendleton, Erskine Caldwell, Walter Kaylin, Robert F. Dorr, Pollen's immersive illustrations transported adventure-hungry readers from tropical jungles to brutal battlefields to raging seas and mean city streets. Samson Pollen painted it all.

Printing History
Edited by Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle

New Texture
January 2019
ISBN 978-1-943444-20-5

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Unique Mistress by Mark Randolph

Unique Mistress 
by Mark Randolph

"How far are you willing to go in this thing?"

Printing History
Written by Mark Randolph

Camerarts Publishing Company, Inc
Merit Books

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Muzzle Blast by Bruno Rossi

Sharpshooter #6

They Couldn't Stop 
The Sharpshooter So 
They Brought Back 
The Most Brutal 
Killer In The 
History Of 
The Mafia

The Sharpshooter headed for Cape Cod looking for trouble. He found almost more than he could handle. A brutal Mafia capo held the entire Cape in his claws and he was raking in the millions from drugs, gambling, and prostitution. The local police were powerless to stop him. 

Rock had to use every trick in the book to topple this entrenched  and virtually omnipotent origination. But the Sharpshooter had sworn a blood oath to avenge his murdered parents and nothing, not even the entire Massachusetts Mafia could stop his bloody onslaught.

Printing History
Written by Peter McCurtin (1929-1997)

Nordon Publications, Inc
Leisure Books
April 1974