Friday, September 30, 2011

Ssssh! She's A Killer by Carter Brown

You couldn't see the gun in her hand for the look in your eyes.

Carter Brown Lovely Mystery
Kidnapping, murder, dope, and a beautiful girl. 
Harry Grant  had swell material to work on, especially the girl.

Printing History

"Lovely" Mystery Novelette
Transport Publishing Co. Pty. Ltd.
Copyright 1952 by Horwitz Publications Inc.

First Collectors' Series #2 (1954)
as Ssh-She's A Killer
w/ Murder Sweet Murder and Meet Miss Mayhem

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Satan Trap by Jack Canon

Nick Carter makes a strange alliance with a spiritual medium and the KGB!
UK Edition
A Brotherhood Of Terror
The young and beautiful devotees of Drago live a blissful existence in Pastoria, deep in the mountains north of Monaco. But when Count Drago begins using these lovely creatures to blackmail the most powerful men in Europe, the CIA and the KGB start to give him more than a passing interest. And when the Pastorians begin talking like terrorists, it's time to bring in Nick Carter, AXE agent N3, Killmaster. Is Count Drago just an old con artist with a new scheme? Or is he a front for something more sinister than devil worship? Matching the fanatic cultist trick for trick, and with the help of the spiritualist Serena, Nick's mission is to uncover the truth. And free the West from Pastoria's pervasive grip!

George Gross Cover
Printing History
Written by Jack Canon

Charter Books
441 75035 (September 1979)

Star Books
352 31114 (1982)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dutch Zelda

Dutch Language Zelda

Picked this title up on Ebay with 4 other Carter Browns. No idea when it was published.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hawaii by Daniel C. Prince

Senator Howard Chan is a likely Vice-Presidential nominee, until his son vanishes into the Hawaiian jungle. So it is off to Hawaii for Nick Carter and this assignment is no holiday!. In the guise of veteran surfer Terry Gilliam, Nick tackles the wild island surf and a group of conspirators who give him more trouble than a rip-tide.
UK Edition

Jimmy Chan: The Senator's son has to be found and debriefed before his crew of rabble rousers get out of hand.

Maida Chan: The Senator's daughter dies an agonizing and bizarre death. The biggest mystery is that she died willingly!

Kathy Longo: A stunning surfer. But does she know more than how to ride a wave? Maida Chan was her best friend.

And the meanwhile, somewhere on the islands, in the depths of dead volcanoes, a crop of mushrooms is being cultivated that are more lethal than the Defense Department's deadliest nerve gas!

George Gross Cover
Printing History
Written by Daniel C. Prince

Charter Books
441 31845 (July 1979)

Star Books
352 31115

Daniel Prince called the the Award Books office after he received his payment for Hawaii and discovered the phone had been disconnected.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Luck Was No Lady by Carter Brown

She played a fast game and left me to collect.....

Horwitz Edition
Max Dumas, professional gambler, and professional anything else that happens to come his way. He has no ambition to spend the next ten years in a Mexican jail so he crashed the road blocks and outsmarted the cops. Outsmarted? Sure if one would call being hooked into an international kidnapping racket smart!. It started when Max gambled his way into the bridal suite at a Acapulco hotel. The previous occupant had flown back to America, minus is clothes. Max knew the airlines carried most people, but not a practicing nudist already practicing. Max gambled with the blond. lost his money and win a visit to a sinister character named Cordova. The odds increased and his chances of survival lessened. He found himself flying a plane against a hurricane and the stakes this time were his life....

Printing History

Horwitz Publications Inc.
Numbered Series #63 (1958)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Pemex Chart by Dwight V. Swain

The fate of the U.S. depends on one stolen document!
Nick Carter has four days to find it!

UK Edition
Double Double Oil and Trouble!
Oil. It is what diamonds and gold used to be to miners, politicians, and to thugs and pirates. But the vast Mexican oil company PEMEX is solving the problem. With their new discovery the U.S. will not be dependent on Middle East for oil. Until somebody murders the PEMEX team and steals the PEMEX Chart. Is the fanatic Dagger if Allah behind it? This Arab terrorist group planted bombs in major U.S. cities in the event of an embargo.Or is guerrilla leader Raimondo Flores using the chart to blackmail the Mexican government? San Juan de Los Pinos is full of strange characters escaping from the mainstream and any one of them might be involved.

Whatever happens, Nick has to find the chart and he has only four days to do it!

George Gross Cover
Printing History
Written by Dwight V. Swain

Charter Books
441 65858 (July 1979)

Star Books
352 30735 (1980)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Charlie Sent Me! by Carter Brown (Revised)

TV's top-rated comedian planned a private eye gimmick which turned into mayhem when the hood walked in and said.....

Horwitz Numbered Series #114
When the gaunt hood walked into the room and said "Charlie Sent me," and beat up Eddie Sackville, top-rated comedian, he started a chain of gruesome events for script writer Larry Baker which started with murder and finished with murder.....

Horwitz International Edition Series #46
TV write Larry Baker knows good lines when he sees them. In script. Or on a girl. But when somebody ad-libs an off screen murder, Larry sets out to prove he did not author the job. His search for a killer takes him to the bedrooms of a bevy of beauties, the plush apartment of a big time gangster, and a futuristic mansion that plays music to itself. A long playing dirge, a "Song of Death." Larry Baker is powerless to stop.

Robert McGinnis Covers
This title is the revision of the novelette Swan Song For A Siren published in 1955, 1958, 1960.

Horwitz Numbered Series #2
Printing History

As Swan Song For A Siren
Horwitz Publications

Numbered Series #2 (September 1955)
Second Collectors Edition Series Volume 1 #16 (1958)
Reprint By Demand Series #30 (1960)

As Charlie Sent Me!
Numbered Series #114 (1963)
International Edition Series #46 (1965)

New American Library
Signet Books
G2394 (November 1963)
T4775 (September 1971)
T4775 (September 1971) in Canada.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tropical Deathpact by Bob Stokesberry

Nick Carter "Killmaster N3" discovers a plot for international blackmail in the midst of a savage jungle war!

UK Edition
A War Without Rules
When a U.S. agent notifies his boss that something is brewing in Central America, Nick Carter is sent down to investigate, but not before his contact is stopped dead by a quick blast from a lethal can of aerosol. Nick lands in the middle of a three-way civil war where double cross is the rule and treaties last for a day. Meanwhile someone is trying to get hold of a highly sophisticated and deadly Red-Eye missiles. Whoever gets them can wrap things up very nicely, and then put the missiles to other uses. Nick's job is to prevent that. But first he has to get out of a raging guerrilla war and get the answers to few questions: Why is the right-wing dictator Obregon supplying guns to his Communist enemies? Why are Cuba and Russia watching so closely? Who will be victim of the final deception? 

George Gross Cover
Printing History
Written by Bob Stokesberry
Copyright 1979 by The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.

Charter Books
441 82417 (June 1979)

Star Books
352 31140 (1982)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Stone Angel by Marvin Albert

Introducing a terrific new private eye,
half French, half American, totally sophisticated.

Pete Sawyer is a private eye of a different kind. The son of a WW II American pilot and a brave French resistance fighter, he grew up on both sides of the Atlantic, though he prefers his sun dappled villa on the Riviera to most other places. He takes pleasures in a fine wine, and a good gun. His French name is Pierre Ange and it suits him. In English it means Stone Angel.

Pete is hired by a wealthy American couple to locate their missing teenaged daughter, But when he tracks her down Sarah Bryne's most recent Paris address, he finds not the girl, but a bloody trail of a band of terrorists. What is the link between Sarah and the deadly gang? And more perplexing, what is the link between the group and the aristocratic Lemaire family whose fortune was made by a Champagne business to rival Pommery and Mumm? Pete Sawyer must use all his charms and cunning to solve these problems and prevent a national disaster.

Printing History

Fawcett Gold Medal
July 1986

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Long Time No Leola by Carter Brown

She was Hollywood
She was Sex
She was gone, really gone

Robert McGinnis Cover 
 Why would a movie queen do a disappearing act when she could make a killing at home?

The nasty old millionaire had a nasty yen. He owned a print of every one of Leola's movies and he slavered over them night after night. But that was not enough for a man who could afford everything. So when the sex queen of Hollywood disappeared, private eye Rick Holman looked for the millionaire and found him, and Leola, on a Riviera yacht. Watching movies. The distracted husband screamed white slavery. But Rick figured the setup was whitewash, for something much more deadly. And that was when someone decided that Holman was just too smart to live....!

Signet Photo Cover
Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #138 (1967)

New American Library
Signet Books
D3190 (July 1967)
Y6684 (1975)

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Jamaican Exchange by Leon Lazarus

Barter For Death

A merchant of death lures Nick Carter into a sinister game of hide-and-seek!

Hawk said. "Find Jamba." AXE is not exactly the Missing Persons Bureau, and Jamba's dossier would make ones hair stand on end. Nick Carter "Killmaster N3" knew what he had to do. Jamba had set up a system of barter, guns for ganja. It's a great deal for the wrong side. The U.S. connection gets the drugs and the Island insurrection gets its weapons. But who is Jamba?

George Gross Cover
Miranda says she doesn't know. She's just a nice girl trying to make a living. But at the rate she is going she will not live to reap the rewards.

Dave Kramer blew the whistle on Castro and made his mark as an ace journalist. He goes where the news is hot. So what is he doing in Jamaica?

Joe Halus seems innocent enough. But when he rents Nick a chopper all hell breaks loose.

Malverne is respectable, a lover of freedom. But why did he give Nick an inexperienced girl to guide him through the hills?

Josina, lovely as an island flower and just as innocent. Or is she? And who said Jamba has to be a man?

Printing History
written by Leon Lazarus

Charter Books
441 51633
(May 1979)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Bump And Grind Murders by Carter Brown

To Catch A Killer

Robert McGinnis Cover
Her disguise was a G-string, and when she belted them out for the boys in the back row, no one would guess Mavis Seidlitz was really a cop! The wildest, wackiest female operator in the business take the job to take off her clothes, as she plays bodyguard to a frightened stripper in a madcap whirl of babes, burlesque, and good old fashioned murder.

Signet Photo Cover
Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #121 (1965)

New American Library
Signet Books
G2541 (October 1964)
T5666 (1974)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

You're Dead Without Money by James Hadley Chase

Cracking the big-time was going to be a cinch...

Joey Luck and his beautiful daughter Cindy were ace shoplifters and pickpockets. But Cindy had bigger ideas. When they were joined by Vin Pinna, expert thief and thug on the run from Miami, prospects improved. But kidnapping ex-movie star Do Elliot was not such a good idea. Until he made the trio a quartet in crime. The crime? Stealing stamps worth a million dollars. And the route to the stamps was Judy Larrimore, nympho daughter of their owner. She was just Vin's style............

Printing History
Published by Granada Publishing Limited 
1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981
ISBN 0 586 03938 4

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Redolmo Affair by Jack Canon

Nick's mission is to break open a drug operation that is crippling the West.
And he has to break free of AXE to do it!

George Gross Cover
When is a spy not a spy?

"In other place, if an agent blew something like this, he had be off to Siberia. We do not do things exactly that way.."

David Hawk, director of AXE the super secret agency that take the jobs nobody can do, is speaking to his top agent: Nick Carter, Killmaster N3.

"No trial, no jury, not in our business. How can you appeal what does not exist? And myself and AXE, beyond a few select members of the House and Senate and the Oval Office itself, did not exist." 

Until Nick realized that he had a new mission, so ultra secret and urgent that his cover had to be perfect. Because he has to find Redolmo, the brains behind the most corrupt drug operation in the world. Redolmo might be  a tool of the Chinese. Redolmo might be working out of Mexico. The only thing certain about Redolmo is that he has to be eliminated!

Printing History
Written by Jack Canon

Charter Books
441 71133 
April 1979

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Death Of A Citizen by Donald Hamilton

When danger strikes, who is the man to take control? 
Matt Helm!

25th Printing
Name: Matthew Helm
Code Name: Eric

A citizen dies and a wartime special agent is reborn, as the girl with the code name of Tina walks into a cocktail party and 15 years of Matt Helm's complacent post-war life slips away. Suddenly the old automatics reactions take over and Matt is thrust back to the time when he had been a lethal young animal trained to kill. And she had been his partner.

After the war. After the carnage. After being labeled a lethal weapon. It was time for a little peace and quiet. Married life agrees with him.


Printing History

Fawcett Gold Medal World Library
February 1960

d1697 50c
P3338 $1.25

Ballantine Books
12798 $2.50 
(November 1984)

12798 $3.50
(March 1988)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

1st Anniversary

Today is the 1st Anniversary of this blog.

Thanks for visiting and the comments.

Negative In Blue By Carter Brown

Stand-in For Death

Lindy Carter, the matinee idol, was a blonde bombshell who was big on the bottle and down on her luck. But when she screamed to Rick Holman for help, it was his own luck that ran out. Holman's luscious introduced him to a way out cast of characters. A pair if dangerous hoods, a maladjusted millionaire, a double crossing director, a bevy of beautiful broads, and a real deadpan corpse. And it was up to Rick to find out who was playing killer before somebody wrote him out of the script for good!

Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #176 (1975)

New American Library
Signet Books
Q6220 (December 1974)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Thunderstrike In Syria by Joseph Rosenberger

Death in the Desert 
Nick Carter battles an army in blood chilling desert combat!

UK Edition
 The Syrian Liberation Army, a fanatical group driven by "The Hawk" are expanding their activities. If they succeed a tanker will explode in New York Harbor wasting a million lives! And that will be just the beginning!

Nick Carter enlist the double agent Miriam Kamel to lead him to the terrorists' desert camp under the spectacular ruins of The Tower of Lions. Miriam's an expert in the arts of love and war, but Nick wonders if she is as clever at deceit.....

Under the chilling desert moon, amid the dying cries of "The Hawk's torture victims, Nick is trapped in a nerve shattering battle. His Israeli friends call him Lamedvovnik, the secret saint. But as time runs short Nick could quickly become another kind of "saint", a very dead martyr!

George Gross Cover
Printing History
Written by Joseph Rosenberger

Charter Books
441 80850 (March 1979)

Star Books
352 30736 (1980)

Monday, September 12, 2011

House Of Sorcery by Carter Brown

Meet Maxine, a hot blooded tycoon with a perfumed proposition for Danny Boyd.
A private eye who will do almost anything for the sweet smell of success.

Robert McGinnis Cover
The Aroma of Death
kept wafting private eye Danny Boyd's way with a persistence that should have convinced him to drop the scent, and his latest client as well. But voluptuous, wealthy Maxine Lord, president of House of Sorcery perfumes, kept Danny Boyd spellbound with an offer he just could not resist. The buxom beauty had a special appeal all her own, and the smell of all the crisp green bills in her hand helped to deaden his senses to the dangers he would face.

Signet Reprint
That is until he stumbled on a series if way put double crosses that really stank. Then suddenly Danny and Maxine were playing for high stakes in a game where the loser paid in blood, and it looked like all their cards were turning up spades.

UK Edition
Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #139 (1967)

New American Library
Signet Books
D3218 (August 1967)
Y6755 (1975)

New English Library
#2305 (November 1968)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Asian Mantrap by William Odell

The Asian Mantrap
By William Odell

George Gross Cover
Vendetta in Vietnam

General Martin is a hero. He proved his courage in Vietnam. And he paid for it in a POW camp. Now General Kieth Martin is missing. Maybe he disappeared to have some privacy. Any maybe he is collecting on some old debts....

Nick Carter's assignment is to find him, at any cost. The trail gets hot when a beautiful Eurasian agent is assigned as Nick's partner and when the murders of highly placed North Vietnamese officials turn into an epidemic.
In a kabuki theater in Bangkok, Nick Carter is transformed into a Vietnamese peasant. And in the middle of the sultry Southeast Asia night he parachutes into the countryside near Hanoi. If his disguise fails there is no return ticket. And if he does not find Kieth Martin and stop the assignations,, the Vietnam War will looks like a dress rehearsal for the real thing...

Printing History
Written by William Odell

Charter Books 
441 03180 (February 1979)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Vintage Series Volume 1 by Carter Brown

Here is the first volume in a very short series, which lasted for two volumes.

Published in 1965 by Horwitz Publications

Friday, September 9, 2011

Until Temptation Do Us Part by Carter Brown

It was murder once, murder twice.
All because the bad girl was too much of a good thing.
Even for Lt Al Wheeler.

Robert McGinnis Cover
The Coffin Kingdom
That is what they would be calling Pine City if Lieutenant Al Wheeler could not track down the cold-blooded killer who was making a habit of strewing corpses all over town. The first murder was in the library of a big time real estate developer. When his head as bashed in, the politicians lost one of their biggest contributors. The second murder was in the living room of a too innocent housewife. She got shot between the eyes for telling the truth as she saw it. But the real killing was in the bedroom of a satin sex cat who gave Al a smoldering smile. And promises. Promises. She was an ex-call girl on sleeping terms with every shady operator in town. But in spite of his reputation with the ladies, Al turned her down flat. Was the fearless cop scarred off for once? Or was he just passing up the kicks to catch a killer? Only the murderer and Lieutenant Al Wheeler will know for sure....!

Signet Reprint
Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #136 (1967)

New American Library
Signet Books
D3122 (February 1967)
Y6840 (1976)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Doomsday Spore by George Warren

A fanatical scheme to start an epidemic of murder!

George Gross Cover

The embassy party ended with a bang. Nick Carter "Killmaster N3" was there to protect the VIPs. He realized he had failed when the main attraction, a magician, did a vanishing act and the British Ambassador was found in a cake of ice, with a dagger in his chest. Nick is left with a cold trail that gets suddenly hot when he discovers that the murderer has a list of victims. Nick's name is on it, so is his boss David Hawk. The only clues are the disappearing magician and a boot heel that leads him to the headquarters of the Red Swineherd Gang. Finding them is just a setup for the big threat. Because they have the Doomsday Spore, a deadly virus picked up on a space mission, that eats away human flesh. It could be a bluff, but why is the press running the headline.
End Of The World?!

Printing History
Written by George Warren

Charter Books
441 15870 (January 1979)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Early Boyd by Carter Brown

Dying with laughter
Danny Boyd was a born sucker for beautiful blondes with lots of cash. So when luscious Louise D'Avenzi waved a fat check under his nose and sent him off to Santo Bahia to play a peculiar private joke, Boyd was only too happy to humor her wacky request.

Signet Photo Cover
But money began to seem very unimportant when Danny started meeting Louise's kinky friends. In their bedrooms and their basements, he was initiated into some way-out secrets he had rather not have known, and soon Louise's zany jest began to backfire. Danny realized he's have to wind this case up fast, before he became the star member of a very funny funeral....

Horwitz Photo Cover
Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #177 (1975)
ISBN 7255 02753

New American Library
Signet Books
Q6321 (February 1975)

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Pamplona Affair by Dee Stuart and Ansel Chapin

The terrorists have the  atomic bomb.
And now they want Nick Carter "Killmaster N3"

UK Edition
Nuclear Blackmail
The Seventh Day of the Seventh Month brings the tourists to the Festival of St. Fermin in Pamplona Spain. But some celebrators are there on sinister business. And some of them are dying of radiation sickness. 

Luis Cabesa: Could it be just a coincidence that the foremost nuclear physicist on the continent  had disappeared, along with enough plutonium to blow the Iberian Peninsula to hell?

Constanza Ybrava: Some say that this beauty and deadly creature murdered her father and betrayed the cause of Basque freedom when she went over to the KGB. What is this terrorist siren doing giving orders to Nick Carter?

Ronald Mathers: Why has Hawk assigned the only incompetent  agent ever employed by AXE to this mission with Nick?

Atomic extortion ids the name of the game, and the winner take the world with him unless Nick Carter can stop him!

George Gross Cover
Printing History
Written by Dee Stuart and Ansel Chapin

Charter Books
441 65085 (December 1978)

Star Books (UK)
352 30697 (1983)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Hammer Of Thor by Carter Brown

She was out to get action.
She stripped for it.
And nearly stripped Al Wheeler of everything.
Including his life.

Robert McGinnis Cover

Gateway to Valhalla
The right music (a crashing thunderstorm)...the right lighting (in forks through the black sky)....And who could blame Al Wheeler for chasing a gold and white nymph name Eve into her tempestuous world of Valkyrie splendor? So what if he got a bullet in his leg? So what if he is stumbling in his rain sodden clothes? Give up? Impossible. Not when he is after an earth like type goddess who is stripped for action. No even when she nearly strips Al of everything, including his life....

Printing History

Horwtiz Publications
Numbered Series #130 (1966)

New American Library
Signet Books
D2794 (October 1965)
Q6496 (March 1975)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Secret Mission: Prague by Don Smith

$5 million worth of guns earmarked for American extortionists. 
Phil Sherman must stop the shipment before a race war burns every U.S. city to the ground.

Death in the afternoon
The first warning was the corpse. The young CIA agent stared sightlessly at Phil Sherman, a knife stuck deep between his shoulder blades. The message, delivered on a quiet afternoon, was clear enough. Stay out of it, Sherman, or you will be next!  But Phil Sherman had no place to run. From the minute her received the assignment from the CIA, death had stalked his every move. At first the danger seemed small. Sherman was to find the Mr. Big of European gun running, the man behind five million dollars worth of arms destined for revolutionaries in America. But it was not that simple. Not with an enemy bomb planted in Sherman's car, not when his one lead, a beautiful blond half out of her mind from Communist torture, was gunned down before his eyes, not with a fanatical plot to destroy America's cities underway and Sherman the only man who could keep the guns from reaching their lethal targets!

Printing History

Award Books
A353X (1968)
AN1221 (1972)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Trouble In Paradise by Robert Derek Steeley

The fate of U.S. depends on Nick Carter's endurance to torture!

UK Edition
Someone is sabotaging American oil companies, to the tune of millions of dollars and scores of deaths. The media is calling it "accidents." The FBI and CIA know better. And it's Nick Carter's mission to find out who is crippling America's energy reserves. All the evidence points to a stone fortress overlooking Nassau, Eden of sunfilled days and endless nights in glittering casinos, playground of the rich. The Bahamian Liberation Front is threatening a coup, but who is mastermind behind the revolutionaries? Two AXE agents have already been killed. Nick has to survive long enough to eliminate the enemy before an island paradise becomes a circle of death.

George Gross Cover
Printing History
Written by Robert Derek Steeley

Charter Books
441 82460 (November 1978)
Star Books
352 30734 (1980)