Thursday, March 31, 2011

Suddenly By Violence by Carter Brown

The beautiful blonde named Pandora has a box full of murderous tricks that could make a killer .......yell cop.

Barye Cover
Blondes can be murder. The ex boss of a narcotics syndicate hires P.I. Danny Boyd to find his wandering brunette daughter. And Danny sets off on a public search that leads him straight to a cold water pad in the Village complete with a red-hot corpse and a sizzling blonde named Pandora. The blond has some torrid ideas about men. When Danny tries to get back on the case, she uses everything she's got to stop him....including lethal kiss this side of murder.

Horwitz Edition
Printing History

Horwitz Editions
Numbered Series #80 1959
Long Story Magazine #7 Feb 1960
International Edition Series #12 1961,1962
International Edition Series #65 1970

New American Library 
Signet Books
#1722 Oct 1959

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Omega Terror by Ralph Eugene Hayes

Nick Carter "Killmaster N3" mission: Destroy the 'omega mutation' before this new biological weapon destroys the United States.

Tandem Edition
Dr. Damon Zeno: Microbiologist, American defector, a dedicated and dangerous enemy. The inventor of a micro-organism which mutates quickly and against which the human system has no defense.

Award 2nd Printing
Nick Carter's mission is to stop Dr. Zeno before he turns the 'Omega Mutation" loose in the United States. The weapon is a microscopic bug. It multiplied quickly and it could not be destroyed, killing a man in a mater of days. Nick Carter had no choice but to destroy Zeno before 'Omega Day'

Star Edition
In the heart of North Africa, with the help of beautiful Gabrielle Delacroix at his side. Nick races against time. Nick was in Tangiers, hot on Dr Zeno's trail.

Charter Edition

Printing History

Award Series
AN 1033 Nov 1972
AD 1648 Nov 1976
Charter 64053 Jan 1981

Tandem Series
426 12220 1973
Star 1979
Star 352 30503 1988

George Gross painted the Charter cover

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Dance of Death by Carter BRown

She was a real show stopper but she could not steal the spotlight from murder!

Horwitz 2nd Edition
She wouldn't take no from any man, so how could Al Wheeler refuse? Cissie St.Jerome turned the spotlight on her black-sheeted bed and gave Lieutenant Al Wheeler the performance of his life. That is how he nearly missed the murderer, a stealthy creeper who prowled the grounds of the lonely St. Jerome mansion, who had killed once and was planning to kill again!

Robert McGinnis Cover
Terror and temperament run rampant in a ballet company when a dancer's suicide is discovered to be murder. an ex-wife shows up with a strong-arm lover and a dead millionaire simply will not stay dead.

Robert McGinnis Cover
The male ballet star was dancing at the end of a rope, definitely dead. His apparent suicide did not seem to bother the rest of the ballet company. The prima ballerina was too ambitious, the impresario too worried, the choreographer too jealous, and the wanton much too attentive to her boudoir-gymnastics. They all kept Al Wheeler on his toes when he joined the act and tried  to find out which of these characters had cast himself as murder.

Signet 3rd Printing

Printing History

Horwitz Series
Numbered Series #117 1964,1966
Horwitz/Signet Double #15a 1983

New American Library Series
Signet Books
G2425 February 1964
T5278 1973
Horwitz/Signet Double AE 1926 Dec 1982

New English Library Series
Four Square Books
#2165 August 1968

The cover for NEL #2165 is the same as the cover for Seidlitz and the Super Spy (NAL #3168)

Horwitz/Signet Double

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Assault On England by Ralph Eugene Hayes

He was a master criminal with a foolproof technique for a assassination. Unless Britain met his demand of 10 million pounds, he would annihilate the entire English government.

Tandem Edition

He was the most ingenious and sadistic enemy Nick Carter had faced in a long time. Leading Nick down a labyrinth of high voltage violence. To prove the power of his threat, he gunned down the Foreign Minister. When the money was not delivered quickly enough, he garotted another carefully guarded high official of state. Nick Carter is knifed and beaten on an Egyptian waterfront, tortured by the Russia KGB, lied to, sold out, and finally betrayed by his own side. With a beautiful British agent as his only ally, Nick must wage relentless pursuit of a kill-crazed blackmailer against all odds, right down to the brutally explosive end.

1st Award Edition

Printing History
Written by Ralph Eugene Hayes

Award Series
AS1030 October 1972
AN1237 December 1973
AQ1490 October 1975

Tandem Series
426 12212 1973

Friday, March 25, 2011

Lament For A Lousy Lover by Carter Brown

When tough cop Al Wheeler clashes with curvy consultant Mavis Seidlitz, the results are murder!

Horwitz Edition
When the villain took aim, it did not turn out like the movies. The hero fell down really dead. So Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler had an unrehearsed corpse on his hands and that was the least of his worries. There was the fiery female star, built like a man-trap. The brooding, blue-chinned heavy. The frantic film producer. The scheming sponsor....And Mavis Seidlitz! That wacky, yacky dame had some hot leads on homicide and hotter plans for Al Wheeler!

Signet Editions
Printing History

Horwitz Series
Numbered Series #90 1961
Long Story Magazine #19 Feb 1961
International Edition Series #25 1962
International Edition Series #72 1971
New American Library 
Signet Books
S1856 November 1960
S1856 November 1960 (Canada)
D3162 1967

New English Library
Four Square Books
2179 July 1968

Barye Phillips (1960) and Robert McGinnis (1967) painted the covers

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Inca Death Squad by Martin Cruz Smith

Job opportunity: South America

Tandem Edition
Help Wanted:
By Soviet Committee for State Security (KGB), One (1) AXE agent, Killmaster rank. to serve as personal bodyguard to the Soviet Minister Comrade Alexander Alexandrovich Belkev, on tour in Chile. Must be willing to assume full responsibility, do odd jobs and, repeat, must be Killmaster rank.

Job Filled by:
Nick Carter

1. Deliver a new-style bullet-proof vest to Comrade Belkev: To demonstrate the final test of its power to safe-guard against assassination.
2. To guard Belkev's life with his own, under all circumstances.
3. To stop a coup that could burn South America to the ground.

Award Edition

Printing History
Written by Martin Cruz Smith

Award (AN1016) Sept 1972
Tandem (426 7202) 1973
Charter 1982

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Wanton by Carter Brown

The beautiful blonde heiress was living high and fast until a killer slowed her down

Signet Edition
When a pretty blond heiress is found hanging from a limb of a tree, twenty feet off the ground, wearing nothing but skin tight rope around her pretty neck...Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler goes into action. The rough and tough detective trades questions and answers with a volcanic brunette in a sultry couch session. Matches techniques with a gambler who knows all about feminine angles. Dodges the bullets of a killer who seems determined to build the largest collection of naked corpses in sunny California. 

Signet 1st Printing
Four Square Edition

Printing History

Horwitz Series
Numbered Series #79 1959
Long Story Magazine #5 December 1959
International Edition #10 1961, 1965

New American Library Series
Signet Books (USA and Canada)
1st (1713) Sept 1959
2nd (1713) Canada 1959
3rd (D2962) 1966

New English Library
Four Square Books
1st (2252) Sept 1968

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Mark Of Cosa Nostra Again

Two more scans of  The Mark of Cosa Nostra by George Synder.

Tandem Reprint Edition December 1972

Star Edition 1979

The Cairo Mafia by Ralph Eugene Hayes

In 1971, relations were severely strained between Lyle Kenyon Engel and Award Books. Engel continued to be unhappy with the first person restrictions and with Award's slow and inconsistent royalty statements. Award neglected to inform Engel each time a new novel was published. Notes had to be compared to see which manuscript file to be able to figure out which one was published and when. The series was interrupted in 1971 for almost a year. It was unclear whether sales were a factor or not. This was the time when new action series, as "The Executioner" and "The Destroyer" were taking off. The James Bond craze had long since passed and war against the mafia book series dominated the field. The Nick Carter Killmaster Series returned in late 1972 with the title The Cairo Mafia.

Award Edition
Bloody vengeance in Cairo's underworld. In a small African jail, Nick Carter successfully carried out the first part of the assignment. The murder of a Russian agent. Now a second AXE man could accomplish Phase II. Bringing the microfilm, the secret plans for Russian's fastest fighter plane, into the free world. But in Cairo, the AXE courier was butchered to death. Now Nick has to recover the microfilm and also find the sadistic killer. To help him with the assignment, AXE assigned Fayeh, a golden skinned Egyptian Interpol agent. To feed Nick information, they send Thinman, a depraved addict who walked the narrow line between the law and the underworld for his daily fix. To fight Nick, they pit him against the New Brotherhood, the Arab version of the Mafia. The New Brother hood has the most lethal syndicate Nick had ever encountered. He only hoped he would live to tell about it.

Printing History
Written by Ralph Eugene Hayes

Award  Series
1st (AN 1001) August 1972

Tandem Series
Titled Cairo
1st (426 7085) 1972
Reprint (426 17304) date unknown

Tandem  Edition

Monday, March 21, 2011

For Men Only Magazine 1964

Volume 11 Number 10

Featuring the Carter Brown title The Guilt Edged Cage published in 1962 by Signet Books. Horwitz originally published this title in 1957 under the version That's Privacy My Pet.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Frame Is Beautiful by Carter Brown

1960 Horwitz Edition

Here we have The Frame Is Beautiful published by Horwitz in 1960 in their "Reprint By Demand" Series. This title was originally published by Horwitz in 1954 in their unnumbered series.

Printing History

Novel Series (no numbers) 1954
Second Collectors Series Vol 1 no 7 1957
Reprint By Demand Series #30 1960

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Mark Of Cosa Nostra by George Snyder

Nick Carter on a grizzly Mafia manhunt. An assignment exploding with sex, savagery, and revenge!

Award Edition
The nightmare violence of Cosa Nostra

Assuming the identity of a cold-blooded Cosa Nostra killer, Nick Carter finds himself on his way to Palermo to infiltrate the Mafia. Using false papers, real bullets, and the aids of an AXE trained blonde named Tanya, his nission is to stop the flow of heroin to Saigon. But playing the part of a Mafia Don has big drawbacks, like being found out. And when that happens to Nick, he is marked for escapable death by the macabre Mafia code of vengeance.

Printing History
Written by George Snyder
His last Nick Carter Killmaster adventure

Award Series
1st (A847S) 1971
2nd (AN1098) 1972
3rd (AN1098) 1973

Tandem Editions
1st 1972
Reprint (426 7333) Dec 1972
Star Edition (352 30470) 1979

Thursday, March 17, 2011

None But The Lethal Heart II

From October 2010


 Mavis Seidlitz gets stuck with a cold corpse that's too hot to handle

Signet Edition

 Mavis is keeping company with a corpse and she's got to get rid of him fast. She tries to bury him, lose him, and even gives him away. But he persists in haunting her. The cops are on her heels. A gang of hoods is breathing down her neck. And someone seems determined to wrap her up in a slinky shroud. But here is the sizzling scorcher: A red-hot tale of murder and mayhem, chills and spills, and the daffiest detective work this side of a dizzy blonde bombshell, named Mavis Seidlitz.

Printing History

Horwitz Series
Numbered Series #78 1959
Long Story Magazine #6 January 1960
International Edition #9 1961
(retitled as The Fabulous)
International Edition #64 1970
(back to original title)

Signet Series
1st Printing (1694) August 1959
2nd Printing (1694) September 1959 
3rd Printing (D2849) 1966

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Slavemaster II

Another copy of  The Slavemaster /The Arab Plague

May 1973 Edition

Ice Bomb Zero by George Snyder

Universal Edition
A frozen setting.....Somewhere in the coldest and most desolate area on Earth, the Chinese have hidden a deadly missile base. A serious threat to the balance of power. It had to be found and destroyed, despite screaming blizzards, prowling animals, a fool-proof Chinese defense system, and very touchy Soviet-American partnership.

A lukewarm alliance......When AXE tells Nick Carter he will be working with a female operative from Russia, he is steeled for the worst. But both agents are pros and soon develop a cautious respect for each other. Besides, she is beautiful and Nick Carter is Nick Carter, and where they are going the nights are long and cold.

Boiling suspense.........Between the lethal environment, a treacherous ally, and the ferocious Chinese crack troops, Nick has an eerie feeling that this is the mission we won't escape alive.

Award Edition
Deadly risks and nerve chilling surprises. AXE had received information that the Chinese were constructing a top secret base impregnable to attack. The location of the Chinese installation was somewhere thousands of feet below the Arctic ice. Nick Carter's mission was to find the base and destroy it before the Chinese used it gain world dominance. But waiting for Nick were an elite corps of Chinese troops, a dangerous spy, and the deadly Arctic cold.

Tandem Edition

Printing History
Written by George Synder

Award Series
1st (A787S) March 1971
2nd (AN1098) 14 million mark
3rd (AN1098) 17 million mark (1974)
4th (AD1696) 1977 Cancelled

Tandem Series
1st (426 6226) 1972
Reprint (unkn) Dec 1972
Universal Reprint (426 7341) unkn

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Ice Cold Nude by Carter Brown

Danny Boyd is after a stolen tiara, but finds an.........

Horwitz Numbered Series
 Private eye Danny Boyd always makes sure his detecting involves ample dollars and dames. He likes his girls glamorous but he had not bargained on the blonde wearing a diamond tiara under the shower. When her only other ornament  was a bullet hole in the forehead. When Boyd sets out to trap a jewel thief the top suspects on his list  turns out to be very beautiful and very dead corpse, the first of five. Alive she wanted mink. And dead only diamonds would do. 

Signet Editions

Printing History

Horwitz Editions
Numbered Series #98 1962
International Edition #35 1963

Signet Editions
1st (S2110) Apr 1962
4th (P3876) 1969

Horwitz/Signet Double Edition
#13a/AE1780 Sept 1982

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Jewel of Doom by George Snyder

Hidden inside the most heavily guarded ruby on Earth, a nuclear secret the United States needs desperately.
Nick Carter's assignment: Steal that jewel.

Tandem Edition
A different kind of mission: A vital government secret being smuggled across Europe towards the Soviet frontier. Inside a priceless ruby protected by a deadly array of impenetrable defenses. Nick Carter is ordered to make the snatch without the Russians knowing about it.
A different kind of accomplice: Beautiful, sexy, tough, and one of the world's most accomplished jewel thieves. She and Nick are after the same the same thing, more or less. So what is to stop them from forming a warm personal, as well as coldly business partnership?
A different kind of surprise: The place is Paris. For a lone agent, marked for lquidiation by the other side, the world's most impossible spot for a lethal assignment.

Award Edition

Printing History
Written by George Snyder

Award Series
1st (A744S) 1970
2nd (AN1090) unkn

Tandem Series
1st (426 6074) 1971
Reprint (426 6074) Aug 1972

Monday, March 7, 2011

For Men Only Magazine

June 1965

Featuring the Carter Brown title The Hong Kong Caper aka Blonde, Bad, and Beautiful

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Moscow by George Snyder

Living another man's life.....wearing a dead man's face......Nick Carter is ordered behind the Iron Curtain to steal the Kremlin's deadliest weapon.

Tandem Edition
He was one of Russia's most skilled assassins. When he died, the U.S. ordered Nick Carter to take his place. AXE sent Nick inside the Kremlin to ferret out and destroy a new super weapon. His contact was a beautiful Soviet double agent. It was a high priority assignment and both Nick and the Soviet agent had been carefully briefed about it. But no one could prepare them for the exotic double-cross that awaited Nick Carter on arrival. For the man who discovered his real identity. For the cunning brutality of a mad scientist who would stop at nothing to carry out his murderous plan.

Printing History
Written by George Snyder

Award Series
1st (A710S) 1970
2nd (AN1091) 1972
3rd (AN1091) 1974

Tandem Series
1st (unkn) 1971
Reprint (426 6060) Aug 1972

Friday, March 4, 2011

Tomorrow is Murder by Carter Brown

A screwball TV show predicts the first corpse and dizzy blonde Mavis Seidlitz collects the second.

Horwitz Edition
When a curvy blonde bombshell named Mavis Seidlitz guests on a nighttime TV-show, the camera angle is murder. Bubbles is the kind of platinum blonde who separates the boys from the men. The type of doll who usually gets in Mavis' hair. But this time the daffy detective is too busy trying to stop a murder. Mavis knows the time, the place, and the victim. All were announced coast to coast on a late TV show. What she did not know is that the killer has rated her as second the cast of corpses.

Barye Cover                                                    Lesser Cover

Printing History

Horwitz Series
Numbered Series #86 1960
Long Story Magazine #15 Oct 1960
International Edition #18 1962

Signet Series
S1806 June 1960
D3561 Aug 1968
D3561 Aug 1968 (Canada)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Death Strain by Jon Messman

A crazed, power-hungry scientist threatens the world with a lethal virus. Nick Carter's mission was nearly impossible!

Award Editions
The Death Strain is a lethal virus which there is no antidote and which kills in a hideous, painful way.
The Death Strain becomes a paralyzing threat to the world in the hands of a maddened genius who had developed it for America's use in germ warfare.
The Death Strain leads Nick Carter, Killmaster, to an elite legion of the damned. A group whose motto is "Kill for Peace". A group he must destroy before it is too late.

Tandem Editions
The perfect plan for total world destruction suddenly becomes a terrifying reality. A renown scientist threatens to unleash a lethal virus on civilization unless all warfare research is halted. The scientist and the deadly vial of the Death Strain have disappeared and it is up to Nick Carter to find them. 

Printing History
Written by Jon Messman

Award Books
1st (A703S) August 1970
2nd (AQ1615) September 1976

Tandem Series
1st (426 5928) 1971
Reprint (unkn) December 1972
Reprint (426 17400) unkn

1st (1473) 1972

The Death Strain is Jon Messman's last Nick Carter Killmaster adventure

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Bombshell by Carter Brown

It's Al Wheeler's job to find a beautiful blonde killer when he is not even sure she's a corpse

Barye Cover
Lily Teal: Blonde, 5'5'' tall 112 lbs.
Her disappearance was listed on the police blotter as a routine Missing Persons case, but Captain Parker was convinced she had been murdered. And he ordered Lieutenant Al Wheeler to find her killer. Faced with no corpse and no clues, the California cop is forced to follow a dangerous lead. It takes him straight to a secluded harem of a crooked financier who gets Wheeler jailed on a phoney assault charge and nails him with a false murder rap. The perfect frame to hang a troublemaker  named Al Wheeler. 

McGinnis covers
It did not take Al long to find her. The blonde bombshell had mysteriously disappeared on her way to the corner drugstore to buy some pills. The first time Wheeler found her it was on the wrong side of a locked door in a crooked financiers hideaway, dressed in diamonds and gold. The second time he found her curled up in his apartment with the same diamonds and gold but with a vacant stare. Lily was just as beautiful dead as she was alive. 

Horwitz Edition

Printing History

Horwitz Editions
Numbered Series #46 1957
as Doll For The Big House
Numbered Series #85 1960
Long Story Magazine #12 July 1960

Signet Editions
1st (1767) March 1960
2nd Canada
3rd (D3097) 1967
4th Canada
5th (T5089) 1971

Horwitz/Signet Double Editions
006A/E9121 March 1980
w/ The Lover

1968 Men Annual