Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Scarlet Flush by Carter Brown

There are three players in the game:
A gambler
An ex-con
And an ice cold blonde
The bid is diamonds and the dealer is Death.

Horwitz Edition
Diamonds: They are real and they are worth a fortune. Gambler Mike Farrell has to find them, or pay with his life.
Hearts: Arline's cold eyes concealed a secret passion. Diane lives in a dark world all her own. Janice has waited seven years and one night too long for the wrong man. Maggie is strictly business, in a breath-taking bikini.
Clubs: The secret places where gamblers go for the action. Mike Farrell can get into them all. But getting out alive is not always easy.
Spades: The symbol of Death. And somewhere there is a killer dealing them out from the bottom of the desk.

Robert McGinnis Cover
A fortune in diamonds has been missing for seven years, and only the man who stole them knows where they are hidden. Mike Farrell finds himself forced to pose as the thief as part of a desperate plot to find the gems. If he fails, he dies. When Mike tries to unravel the tangled threads of another man's life, he finds his own life jeopardized, by the women he can't fool, a cop he can't hate, and a corpse he can't hide.

Signet Edition
Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #113 1963
International Edition Series #44 1964

New American Library
Signet Books
G2365 October 1963
T5276 1972

Revised edition of  
Ten Grand Tallulah And Temptation 
Numbered Series #45 1957
Second Collectors Edition Series Vol 2 No 1. 1959

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