Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Z Document by Homer H. Morris

Nothing could stop a power-hungry general's bloody dream of world domination.
Until he met Nick Carter Killmaster N3!

Universal Edition
A race against the sands of time

When the missiles disappeared from Egypt and Israel, the two enemies blamed each other. But AXE knew better. High intelligence had a file on an Italian traitor hiding out in the Ethiopian Danakil. A desert so dry it made the Sahara look like a garden. A man who called himself "Cesare Borgia" and who would stop at nothing to gain power.

Charter Edition
Finding Borgia's armed city, in sands that shifted so hellishly you were sure of nothing, like touching a mirage. It was Nick's job to get in, get Borgia, and maybe, just maybe get out. But whether Nick ever got out was less important than whether he dismantled the nuclear weapons Borgia had ready to start WW III.

Award Edition
Printing History
Written by Homer H. Morris

Award AQ1460 1975
Universal 426 18411
Charter 441 95489

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Temple Dogs Guard My Fate by Dennis Sinclair

Intrigue and suspense in Red China, 
as an amateur spy races against time to rescue a doomed city from a hideous new chemical weapon.

Survival: A top secret international network of amateur spies, dedicated to the task of saving the world from nuclear destruction, by either side.

When a Russian member of the young organization is trapped in China, an American is assigned to do the impossible: Get him out. The job becomes even more dangerous when Greg Ballard discovers that his beautiful and mysterious ex-wife is connected to the Hong Kong underground. Can he trust her? Greg must find out, for only using her to save the Russian can her advert the nightmare threat that hangs over the city. Mass execution though chemical warfare.

Written by Alan G Yates.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dr. Death by Craig Nova

By Craig Nova
Dr Death was billed as the 100th Nick Carter "Killmaster" Adventure. Somebody made a mistake in the counting, Dr Death was actually the 98th Nick Carter. The special features in this book were the very first Nick Carter, Run, Spy, Run from 1964, and the title The Preposterous Theft. The Preposterous Theft was a Nick Carter revival from the golden age of the American mystery.

Dr Death 
by Craig Nova
Published in 1975 by Universal-Award House, Inc

Kidnapped:  A top nuclear scientist with knowledge vital to Western security.
Tortured:  A harmless merchant whose dying words were as enigmatic as his murder.
Massacred:  The screaming patrons of a Tangier nightclub, slaughtered along with the key AXE informer in their midst.

To Nick Carter, Killmaster N3, each viscous crime marked another stage in a terrifying global strategy that stretched from the reeking contagion of a San Juan leper colony to the impregnable stronghold of a secret military organization, a group that had forged an extortion plot on an undreamed scale!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Ballad Of Loving Jenny by Carter Brown

Rick Holman zeroes in on a Hollywood movie colony. 
As he tries to find out why a babe built for love ends up lonely...and dead.

Horwitz Edition
Jenny was beautiful. Jenny was wild. Her movie tycoon father had washed his hands of her two years ago when she had left home. Now he didn't even care that she had been murdered. But he was curious to know what his ever loving daughter had been up to in those two years, so he hired Hollywood trouble-shooter Rick Holman to find out. From her first folk singer to her last gangster, wanton Jenny had left a hurricane trail. And Rick soon realized that the violence she provoked was not yet over.

Robert McGinnis Cover
Jenny thought she could get away with murder. Loving men fast, and leaving them flat. She was a red hot temptress in a scant bikini, a gal who could have her pick of any muscled male on the beach. And she knew it. Nobody ever said no to Jenny. But one day some identified person took her into the water and held her head under.....till poor Jenny died.

Barye Phillips Cover
Printing History

Horwitz Publications
.Numbered Series #107 1963
International Edition Series #38
as The White Bikini

New American Library
Signet Books
as The White Bikini
S2275 March 1963
D3810 1969

New English Library
Four Square Books
as The White Bikini
#1210 1965

Barye Phillips painted the New English Library edition but did not paint a cover for the New American Library edition.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Six Bloody Summer Days by DeWitt S Copp

A stolen nuclear time bomb. 
A blood-soaked manhunt to find it. 
A lethal Killmaster assignment exploding with action, suspense, and excitement.

Universal Edition
Desert Death Trap
The American Ambassador assassinated. President Menadike dead in an "accidental" plane crash. His beautiful widow held prisoner. A ruthless, devious man named Abu Osman plotting to overthrow the new government. And Colonel Mohammed Doosa, head of the Russian-style of secret police, with his own murderous plans.

Award Edition
AXE might have let the small North African republic boil in its own bloodbath if it had not been for the "Cockeye". The "Cockeye" was the stolen missile, the deadliest weapon in NATO's nuclear arsenal. Nick Carter's assignment was to walk into this desert hell, alone, find the missile, and destroy it.

Charter Edition
He did not have much time. He had exactly SIX BLOODY SUMMER DAYS!

Charter Reprint
Printing History
Written by DeWitt S Copp

Award AQ 1449 1975
Universal 426 18446 1978
Charter 76838 1978 ($1.50)
Charter Reprint 76839 1980 ($2.25)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Where Did Charity Go? by Carter Brown

A Hollywood harridan and her soused spouse typecast Rick Holman in a flick with a fatal finale!

Robert McGinnis Cover
Rick Holman knew Claudia was also the leading lady who wrecked Earl Raymond's rocky marriage and rang the curtain down on his dying career. Hollywood's most sensational divorce ended in an enormous monetary settlement for Raymond's daughter, Charity. But before the funds could be paid, Charity was kidnapped, or so Raymond claimed. Rick's one hot lead quickly turned cold, dead cold! But the clues multiplied and suddenly they all pointed to a sordid solution. Someone would go to lethal lengths to keep the cash from going to Charity.

Horwitz Edition
Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #156 1971
ISBN 7255 0135

New American Library
Signet Books T4455 December 1970

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Counterfeit Agent by Douglas Marland

The Word Was Out
Assassinate the Secretary of State

Universal Edition
AXE's job was to keep him alive. Guard him and set Nick Carter up as decoy. A sitting duck for someone to recognize and kill! Nick had to dodge bullets before, but never from a silent gun that could penetrate brick walls, and the nasty habit of putting crates the size of bowling pins in people. Nick found himself a bullseye in a stopped elevator, in a desolate mountain cave, and even in his shower.

Award Edition

It's one thing to have your face smashed in by a couple of goons with brass knuckles.
It's one thing to be dragged out of bed by hired killers, a bed that also contains a beautiful, willing women.
It's one thing to be shot at in the shower with a weird gun that swells up like a bullfrog's throat when it is fired. But it's quite another thing to have all the information in your brain stolen, stolen for a man meant to be your deadly double.

It started with AXE using doubles for the Secretary of State, doubles meant to keep the real Secretary alive in the event of an assassination plot. But now the enemy was turning out their own counterfeits, doubles of agents planted to undermine every government in the world.

Printing History
Written by Douglas Marland

Award AQ1439 1975
Universal 426 18593 1978

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

No Blonde Is An Island by Carter Brown

Put TV comedy write Larry Baker on a plush private island with three beautiful women, 
two jealous husbands, one escaped lunatic.....
and what do you get? 
Lots of laughs and five corpses.

Robert McGinnis Cover

Anyone for Monte Cristo?
It's a game Hoyle never heard of. You play it stripped to your polka-dot shorts. If your the boy type player, that is. The playground is an old French-style chateau on an island off the West Coast, complete with dungeon, trapdoor, and plenty of your playmate for instance, a torrid blonde, 100% natural, 100% nude, and 100% up to no good.......

Signet 3rd Printing
In this frightening frolic through a tycoons island fun house, Larry Bake, TV writer, finds plots, people, and perils that defy even his wild imagination........

Horwitz Edition
Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #123 1965
International Edition Series #75 1972 
ISBN 7255 0171

New American Library
Signet Books
D2612 January 1965
T5835 1974

New English Library
Four Square Books
#1374 November 1965

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Jerusalem File by Linda Stewart

Nick Carter battles Arab terrorists who have kidnapped the world's ten wealthiest men!

Universal Edition
Four Savage Men

Leonard Foxx: American millionaire, kidnapped in a bloody shootout.

Jackson Robey: AXE's man in Tel Aviv, found dead in an alley, knifed in the back.

Al Shaitan: Leader of a ruthless terror gang, missing along with a billion dollars in untraceable cash.

Nick Carter: Killmaster, N3, on a lethal mission to rescue the world's ten most important men.

Star Edition
Al Shaitan
Its name is "The Devil"
Its work is terror.
Its aim is....

No one knows its aim for sure
Not the CIA
Not AXE 
Not Nick Carter

It was Nick Carter's ob to find out what Al Shaitan is after, just what kind of terror they think their ransom will buy.  But first Nick had to find Al Shaitan. For Nick there is only one sure fire way to find the enemy, walk into an alley and see who tries to kill you. Then make sure you kill him first.

Award Edition
It was to be Nick Carter's most brutal assignment. And it could only end with Nick victorious... or dead.

Charter Edition
Printing History
Written by Linda Stewart

Award AQ1400 1975
Charter  38951 1978 ($1.50)
Universal 426 18470 1978
Star 352 30666 1980

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Aseptic Murders by Carter Brown

Two nude bodies add up to double trouble for Lt Al Wheeler, as he sets off an explosive formula of kiss and kill!

Robert McGinnis Cover
Mad scientists and laboratory lust.
A chemical equation scribbled on a crumpled piece of paper, and two nude bodies sprawled across a motel bed. Those were the clues that led Al Wheeler to the hush-hush research lab where a cozy crew of oversexed scientist were doing some very off-beat experimenting. One of the whitecoats, it was obvious, had found a brand new formula for murder. And Al, much to his dismay, was next in line to test it!

Horwitz Edition
Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #164 1972
ISBN 7255 0192 8
Printed in Hong Kong
Double Edition Series #3A 1978
w/Night Wheeler

New American Library
Signet Books 
T4961 April 1972
E8521 January 1979 
w/Night Wheeler
AE1701 1981
w/Night Wheeler

Double Edition

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Aztec Avenger by Saul Wernick

The Eccentric Billionaire
The Cool English blonde
The Mexican Pimp
The Mafia Don
The Corsican Smuggler
The Ex-Boxing Champ
The Spymaster
The Countess

One of them runs the biggest heroin operation then world had seen. Nick Carter's job is to find out which.

Universal Edition
All of them make for Nick Carter's most bizarre assignment yet.

Award Edition

Gregorius: An eccentric billionaire with ambitious plans for a chain of luxury hotels. But his life will cease if Stocelli does not get his gambling concessions. HE hires Nick to get Stocelli off his back. 

Stocelli: A Mafia boss whose operatives around the world are being framed, involving him on some serious charges. He hires Nick to get him off the hook with the Commission.

George Gross Cover
Nick Carter's job is to found out which and stop them at all costs. From the hillside poppy fields to the lavish splendor of Mexican haciendas, Nick tracks his quarry with death following close behind.

Tandem Edition
Printing History
Written by Saul Wernick

Award #1356 1974
Tandem #16897 1976
Universal #16897 unkn
Charter #03800 1979

Friday, June 17, 2011

Girl in A Shroud by Carter Brown

When a sexy spook scares up a case of murder, Al Wheeler finds himself in trouble...six feet deep!

Horwitz Edition
When Lieutenant  Al Wheeler is called to investigate the unexpected body in a mortuary, he finds a shapely brunette, very much alive. Her unorthodox behavior rocks the unorthodox cop but the subsequent  appearance of a genuine corpse and the disappearance of a quarter of a million dollars from a guarded bank vault sends him hot on the trail of murder!

Robert McGinnis Cover
She was just another corpse in a casket, until she smiled. Her black shroud was diaphanous. Her eyes were dangerous. And she wasn't dead at all!. A hysterical undertaker finds an unidentified body laid out in one of his best coffins and summons Al Wheeler out of a deep sleep and into a walking nightmare. A nightmare that includes a murdered M.D., an ex-addict psychiatrist, a hypnotic blonde, and a sexy tease who flirts with death!

Four Square Edition
Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #111 1963
International Edition Series #42 1964
Double Edition Series #5A 1979 (557)

Signet Double 2nd Printing
New American Library
Signet Books
#2344 August 1963
P4133 1969
Double Edition E8961 December 1979
w/The Blonde
Double Edition AE 1703 1981
w/The Blonde

New English Library
Four Square Books
#1070 1964

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Death Of The Falcon by Jim Bowser

A bizarre kidnapping
With $10,000,000 at stake
Murder on a mass scale
And only Nick Carter Killmaster to blow the conspiracy sky high

Tandem Edition
Only a small group of men knew about the women called "Silver Falcon": The President, the chief of AXE, and the agency's top operative, Nick Carter Killmaster N3.

Only they knew who "Silver Falcon" really was. The American wife of the world's most powerful Arab ruler. And what her abduction by rival Arab terrorists could mean to the security of the United States.

"Silver Falcon" had to be found, alive. Nick Carter had only a few hours and no leads, to save the women who could prevent catastrophe.

Award Edition
Printing History
Written by Jim Bowser

Award AQ1354 1974
Tandem 16918 1976

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Sinners by Carter Brown

A luscious witch practices sorcery and sins herself into an early grave....

Horwitz Edition
 The blonde had come to the sanitarium for psychiatric treatment because she was convinced she was possessed by a witch. Now she was a corpse, stabbed to death by someone who had covered her face with a mask of a satanic white cat. For Lieutenant Al Wheeler this was the beginning of the most bizarre case of his unorthodox police career! The voodoo she would do would drive men wild. Her naked body glowed in the black candlelight as she danced with sensual abandon. She was a witch, a wanton. She played the devil, and she wound up dead! Al learns all about the sorcery when he investigates the death of a beautiful hex-cat and smashes into the cult weird worshipers who crave sensation, sin, and Satan.

Robert McGinnis Cover
Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #108 1963
International Edition Series #39 1964

New American Library
Signet Books
as The Girl Who Was Possessed
#2291 April 1963
D3472 1968

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Beirut Incident by Forrest V. Perrin

Nick Carter infiltrates the Mafia to stop a new breed of underworld killer trained to wage brutal war.

Tandem Edition
A new army of killers was being recruited in Sicily by the Dons in the United States. Young, tough, ruthless men were being smuggled in America, trained to wage a brutal war within the underworld. The government wanted to hasten the butchery and let the Brotherhood strangle in its own blood. Someone had to infiltrate the Mob, go right to the top, and assassinate the Number One Don. It was an impossible assignment. So AXE gave it to Nick Carter Killmaster N3.

Charter Reprint
Printing History
Written by Forrest V. Perrin

Award #1333 August 1974
Tandem 17777 1976
Charter 5378 1978 ($1.50)
Charter 5381 1981 ($2.25)

The are probably two more Charter Reprint with numbers 5379 and 5380. 
The title has nothing to do with the main story.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Murder Is A Package Deal by Carter Brown

A Hollywood screen siren hires Rick Holman to scare off an almost ex-husband
who's out to make a killing in the blackmail business.

Robert McGinnis Cover
Fabrielle Frye was engaged to a millionaire and about to make a comeback as a big time star. Then the man she married four years before, the husband who had disappeared after two nights of a hectic honeymoon, turned up with an offer. Divorce, for a a million dollars.

Signet Photo Cover
Gilda was a doll. She had long, lank hair. leering eyes, and a scarlet twist of a mouth. She was six feet tall and stuffed with sawdust from head to toe. Everywhere the movie queen went, Gilda went too. 

Horwitz Reprint
 Hollywood Trouble Shooter Rick Holman smashes into a setup as macabre as an old fashion horror film when he unwinds a murderous plot with a weird cast of characters. Enraged magnates, wildly willing babes, surprised corpses, and a strangely, malevolent, ever present rag doll.

Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #120 1964
International Edition Series #73 (7255 0152) 1971

New American Library
Signet Books
G2530 September 1964
T5532 1973

Sunday, June 12, 2011

More Covers

Found two more covers for the following Nick Carter "Killmaster" Adventures.

Vatican Vendetta
Written by Ralph Eugene Hayes and George Synder
1977 Tandem Edition
The Man Who Sold Death
Written by Larry Van Gelder
1976 Tandem Edition

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Stripper by Carter Brown

The strawberry blonde did a real H-O-T strip....
until a corpse chilled the show
Robert McGinnis Cover
She was a stripper called Deadpan Delores and she was billed as "The Girl Who Says It All From The Neck Down", and her spectacular curves were seldom kept under wraps. When they saw her in action, weak men became strong, kings surrendered their crowns, and Lieutenant Al Wheeler almost forgot that he had come to investigate a murder.

Signet Reprint
The girl was a stranger in town. She didn't have any money. She didn't have any friends. Why did someone want her dead? What starts out as a baffling murder case soon turns into  the most bizarre caper of Al Wheeler's checkered career. A muscle bound athlete tries to us Al as a punching bag. A sultry brunette receptionist comes to his apartment to perfect her strip routine. A torrid redhead succumbs to his charms and then gives him the fast freeze. And someone behind the scenes a killer is quietly working give Al Wheeler a permanent vacation.

Horwitz/Signet Double

Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #92 1961
International Edition Series #27 1963
Horwitz Double Edition Series #8A (1980) January 1981
Castle Books Edition #1385 1982

New American Library
Signet Books
S1981 August 1961
T5274 1972/1973
Signet Double Edition J9575 January 1981

Monday, June 6, 2011

The N3 Conspiracy by Dennis Lynds

Hunter And Hunted

Tandem Edition
Africa. torn apart by generations of racial hatred and years of bloody rebellions, was the hunting ground for a faceless killer. Nick Carter, Killmaster N3, knew his quarry was a traitor, a ruthless mass murderer who had to be stopped at any cost. But the man's face and identity were a mystery.

Award 2nd Printing
There were three suspects. Nick's orders were to take no chances, assassinate them all! It was a four-way death duel, fought against the merciless heat, ferocious wilderness, primitive savagery, and civilized cruelty.

Star Edition
Printing History
Written by Dennis Lynds

Award AQ1332 August 1974
Award AQ1547 February 1976
Tandem 18008 1977
Star 30583 1979