Monday, October 31, 2011

War From The Clouds by Joseph L. Gilmore

Ancient rivalries threaten peace in the hemisphere!

George Gross Cover
Island of Death!
Nicarxa and Apalca. Idyllic island republics in the Caribbean. Until Don Carlos Italla, monk turned warlord and guerrilla leader, chooses one of them for as hideout.  In a bizarre struggle for power and influence in the Americas, Nick Carter "Killmaster", AXE agent N3, has to ferret out the guerrillas and fend off the Cuban marine forces. All without the official recognition of the U.S. government! Deep in the tropical mountains, Alto Arete stands, an impregnable fortress. Nick Carter's job is to conquer it and Don Carlo's crazed army of "monks" before peace in the Western Hemisphere becomes no more than a fond memory!

Printing History
Written by Joseph L Gilmore

Charter Books
87192 (November 1980)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Kiss Michelle Goodbye by Carter Brown

She was the life of the party.
Until she wound up dead!

Danny Boyd's search for a missing girl began with a messy murder, and it was all uphill from then on. He'd been retained by the murder victim, Zandra Lyn, to find her friend Michelle, who'd mysteriously vanished somewhere in Santo Bahia. Boyd figured there had to be a connection between Zandra's death and Michelle's disappearance, and when the bullets started to fly in his direction, he knew he was right. Danny also knew that a dead detective would not be much good to his dead employer, but it looked like the next victim to be kissed off would be Boyd himself.

Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Castle Books (1984)
ISBN 7255 1733
Distributed by Horwitz Grahame Books Pty Ltd.

Tower Publications, Inc.
Tower Books (1981)
ISBN 505 51756

Friday, October 28, 2011

Death Mission: Havana by Ron Felber

A dead CIA agent's fingerprints at a crime scene is the first link in a deadly chain!

George Gross Cover
Cuba, SI!
Item: A robbery at Chase Manhattan turns up a bizarre clue. The fingerprints of Warren Graves, CIA, deceased.
Item: Margot Kidner has a list of ex-CIA agents with reason for revenge. How does she know that Nick Carter might be interested in her little list?
Item: Larry Burke, Washington-based syndicated columnist, on ever government agency's favorite "enemies list" turns up dead. Poisoned with a sophisticated drug simulating heart attack.

Before long it's clear to Nick Carter "Killmaster". The most sensitive assassination in modern times is about to off without a hitch. Unless he can get to Havana first. Peace in the Western Hemisphere will be a nice memory!

Printing History
Written by Ron Felber

Charter Books
14166 (October 1980)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Wrecking Crew by Donald Hamilton

The Wrecking Crew
Matt Helm #2

Matt Helm has been sent halfway around the world to find and destroy the mythically elusive agent they call Caselius. His only lead to him is a women, who might or might not be a double agent. Before Matt finally faces Caselius up in the bleak north woods of the Swedish ore country, two women will die, two more souls will be charged up to Matt Helm's account, in heaven or in hell.

Printing History
Written by Donald Hamilton (1916-2006)

T2263 (1969)
14053 (unkn) $1.75, 20th Printing

Film (1969)
Dean Martin as Matt Helm
Elke Sommers as Linka Karensky
Sharon Tate as Freya Carleson
Other notables
Nigel Green, Nancy Kwan, and Tina Louise

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Suicide Seat by George Warren

A routine assignment, until it starts looking like Nick Carter's farewell performance!

George Gross Cover
Bringing the girl out of Mexico is just delicate enough to call for Nick Carter's talents, but nothing fancy. Until Nick finds out that his support system has failed. AXE has been pulled our from under him and he is suddenly persona no grata in Washington D.C. And his boss, David Hawk, has disappeared! It's high suspense when Nick Carter "Killmaster N3" strikes out on his own against a ring of white slavers with very sensitive OPEC connections!

Printing History
Written by George Warren

Charter Books
September 1980

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Hellcat by Carter Brown

Al Wheeler tangles with a fiery redhead who has a flaming temper.
A sex kitten who can claw as she caresses, she kills.

Robert McGinnis Cover
The very handsome head of a young man preserved in a glass jar. A family estate with its own private mausoleum. An entire valley hiding a fiendish crime committed five years ago. A syndicate executioner who carries out his deadly work in total darkness. This is the most ghoulish case Al Wheeler has ever handled. But it id also the most enticing. Because right in the middle, and  the very key to the crime, is a scintillating redhead with a very special talent.....for seduction.

Double Edition
 Printing History

Horwitz Publications Inc.
Numbered Series #99 (1962)
International Edition Series #36 (1963)
Double Edition Series #14A (1982)

New American Library
Signet Books
S2122 (May 1962)
D3533 (1969)
AE1873 (November 1982)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Eighth Card Stud by Robert E. Vardeman

The Soviets are dealing and China holds the wild cards!

George Gross Cover
Eighth Card Stud

In the high desert not for from Las Vegas is the most secret and critical military testing site in the country. And when its chief scientist Dr. Richard Burlison is found dead it means that the enemy is on to Project Eighth Card! With the help of Burlison's very cooperative widow, Nick Carter is betting blind, and the stake are world peace!

Printing History
Written by Robert E Vardeman

Charter Books
19630 (August 1980)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Manhattan Cowboy by Carter Brown

Go West, Danny Boyd, Go West!
Signet Photo Cover

When Calamity Jane came stampeding through the door, PI Danny Boyd sensed that he was in for a wild time. Before he could say "Whoa," that luscious tawny-blond cowgirl had him combing the hills of Santo Bahia as a one-man posse on the trail of three ruthless desperadoes who had ridden roughshod over her and made off with the family treasures. But Santo Bahia was not Manhattan, and the city slicker Boyd soon became city sucker and he played a deadly game of hide-and-seek with some wily western belles and the most vicious con men who had ever come gunning for him. Danny knew he'd have to figure out who was it quick, or else he'd be the most eligible target west of the Mississippi for a neat little hole in the back......!

Printing History

Horwitz Publications Inc.
Numbered Series #172 (1973)

New American Library
Signet Books
T5571 U.S.and Canada (August 1973)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ten Times Dynamite by Frank Adduci Jr.

A leak in naval defense could let in a tidal wave!

George Gross Cover
The Silent Spy
Off the U.S. coast in the South Atlantic, sonar buoys transmit intelligence to a U.S. satellite, creating the world's most sophisticated naval defense. That is, until a Soviet electronics wizard begins jamming the system. Allowing Russian subs to pass through protected waters and supply South American guerrilla with arms. And that is not the worst of it. The Russians get a close up view of the U.S. hunter/killer subs, marking them for future destruction! To prevent the power balance from shifting Eastward, Nick Carter "Killmaster N3" pursues the super genius from Florida smuggling routes to the corridors of corruption in Brazil's jungle capital!

Printing History
Written by Frank Adduci Jr.

Charter Books
80060 (July 1980)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

UK Edition of The Ice Cold Nude

United Kingdom Edition of The Ice Cold Nude

This edition was published by New English Library Ltd.

Four Square Books
#706 (1962)

Previous Editions
The Ice Cold Nude by Carter Brown

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tarantula Strike by Dan Reardon

A lovely Russian spy joins Nick Carter Killmaster in a spiderweb of intrigue!

George Gross Cover
A Detente With Death
It is no mean feat to keep a man alive if someone seriously wants him dead. It is even harder if you have to work alone, and it's next to impossible if you're trying to keep the protectee from knowing you're his protector. But that was Nick Carter's assignment. and the "protectee" was Karl Bartov, top KGB agent. AXE moves in mysterious ways, this time sending agent N3, Killmaster, from luxurious surroundings in Barcelona to chilly Warsaw. Until he finds himself in a Moscow prison facing the most diabolical torturer of his career.

Printing History
Written by Dan Reardon

Charter Books
79840 (June 1980)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Play Now.....Kill Later by Carter Brown

Though she was a playwright's daughter,
her body had lines no man could master...
no blackmailer could murder!

Robert McGinnis Cover
The Cast
Antonia: Tall and elegant, looking like an Egyptian Pharaoh's dream of bliss after a hard day at the pyramids. "Any friend of Pop is a friend of mine. If you don't like his plays, lets discuss them in bed. I'm sure I can change your mind!"

Sandy: Blond, bountiful in body, a pretty face, and a private eye to boot. "Twenty-three years old and just one small birthmark strategically located.You've seen the rest already."

Jackie: Mistress of the moment to anyone with the time. "Nobody says you have to get involved. Just research a little and we'll both know if anything zings between us!"

Helen: Graying, middle aged and wearing a bullet hole over her left eye. she  could have said a lot, but kept silent. Supported by a variety of males, some scared, some stupid, some stoned, and all trouble.

The Star
Rick Holman: The most important man to know in Hollywood, especially when you're being blackmailed.

The critics said "Great!" but the coroner said "Murder."
The Time: The present
The Place: Bel Air, California 
Printing History
Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #131 (1966)
International Edition #77 (1972)

New American Library
Signet Books
D2906 May 1966
T5013 1972

Saturday, October 15, 2011

And Next The King by Steve Simmons

A terrorist plot that hinges on a night at the opera!

George Gross Cover

Terrorist Traitors
Nick Carter is on loan to the Spanish government to sort out the murders of top military officials, and the kidnapping of General Rodriguez. In the hands of El Grupo Febero the General and his top secret documents would mean victory for the whole network of European terrorists. Nick's only clue to the whereabouts of the terrorists is a small gold match. And the only similar matches in Spain are to be found in the households of its most powerful and influential family!...........And the trail leads Nick into the one of the most bizarre intrigues of his career!

Printing History
Written by Steve Simmons

Charter Books
02277 May 1980

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Pornbroker by Carter Brown

Who put the Sin in Cinema?

Signet Photo Cover
It seemed like the perfect blackmail scheme.

The delectable daughters of two of the country's most respected citizens had suddenly vanished, only to turn up months later as the porno industry's juiciest pair of superstars. And neither of the gals, it seemed, had achieved stag stardom on their own free will. Or had they? And why were their well-heeled daddys being sent celluloid samples of their darling daughters' doings? That is what Rick Holman was being paid to find out. Only to get the answers, he had to descend to the steamy world of porn and profits where nothing was rated "X", including murder!

Horwitz Photo Cover
Printing History

Horwitz Publiations
Horwitz Group Books Pty. Inc.
Printed in Hong Kong by Peninsula Press Ltd.
Numbered Series #167 (1972)

New American Library
Signet Books
T5155 (October 1972)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Secret Mission: Corsica by Don Smith

Assignment No. 3
Sherman is to hunt down and kill the mastermind behind a bizarre spy plot to destroy a million people in America. All leads point to Europe's narcotic jungle, headquartered in Corsica.

An endless supply of Opium, worth tons of billions of dollars....

A power hungry sadist, with an insane plan, that works............

A chilling international conspiracy, controlled from a secret hideout in China...

And a singles American, named Phil Sherman, assigned to save a million men and women condemned to die...

Printing History

Award Books
A358X (1968)
AN1162 (1972)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Day Of The Dingo by John Stevenson

Nick is sent to the Far East with an urgent deadline and one clue: "D-Day!"

George Gross Cover
Countdown To Holocaust!
Benny Chang, ace reporter out of Singapore, turned up dead. So Nick Carter decided to try his hand at journalism. Because Benny was working for AXE. And he was onto something very big.

As the new stringer, Nick gets advice from:

Yashida Arimoto, a beautiful Japanese, who seems to be just around the corner every time a corpse appears...and

Anna Yen, an Australian lovely, who knows a little too much about special codes and firearms for your average correspondent.

They are all tracking the same story. Why was Benny killed? What is "Day of the Dingo" and when? And what are Colonel Fung and his Red guerrillas up to in Malaya? If Nick does not get his facts checked, tomorrow's edition will scream "Final!" for the free world!

Printing History
Written by John Stevenson

Charter Books
441 13935
April 1980

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

No Law Againt Angels by Carter Brown

Meet the dames who'll go arm in arm with a snake.
All the way to murder.
And their corpses die in bed.

Horwitz Edition
The morgue before breakfast is not Al Wheeler's idea of living it up, but that is what comes from being an unorthodox cop! This was strictly business, too many beautiful dolls tattooed with snake sings had been found with their throats slit.

No Law Against Angels was revised as The Body with the introduction of Carter Brown in the United States in July 1958.

Printing History

Horwitz Publications 
Numbered Series #43 (1957)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Strike Of The Hawk by Joseph L. Gilmore

George Gross Cover

The new terrorist cartel, NOTCH, wanted to pollute the West with Bubonic plague. Nick Carter stopped them and terminated their agents. But if Nick thinks he can take a breather, that is because he has not talked to his boss, David Hawk. And if Nick is not careful, he won't be seeing David Hawk anymore. Because NOTCH is far from finished. Their goal is to expose AXE, and to start eliminating operatives, from the top....

Printing History
Written by Joseph L. Gilmore

Charter Books
79072 (January 1980)
w/Double Identity

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Why Bother, Beautiful? by Larry Kent

Inspired by a popular Australian radio series, "I Hate Crime" featuring an Australian based expatriated American private eye Larry Kent.

Printing History

Cleveland Publishing Company
Original author unknown.
No date.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Park Avenue Murder! by Nick Carter

Guns bark as Nick Carter fights the dope ring!

When Nick Carter set out to save the sons  and daughters of New York's highest society from the greed of those heading a vicious dope ring, little did he dream that he would soon find himself enmeshed in a blackmail scheme that which nothing could have been more cruel and heartless. Murder meant nothing to the leaders and paid thugs who preyed on those fortune had favored at birth. Caught in the vortex of hate and avarice, Nick Carter was pulled down to where it seemed that even the master detective could not escape from the whirlpool. Shooting and fighting, greed sand trickery furnish a shudder page.

Printing History

1946 by Vital Publications, Inc.
Reprinted by special arrangement by Street and Smith Publications, Inc.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Bullet For My Baby by Carter Brown

Horwitz Numbered Series #1
When a nice looking brunette widow like Mrs Van Bruten comes along to Johnny Rio's office and invites him to a house party on one of the Thousand Islands, he feels  that this is strictly a case of mixing business with pleasure. But he is forgetting one thing. His screwball partner, Mavis Seidlitz. A lot of people use force to try and stop Johnny rio from getting to the island, but they have nothing compared to Mavis. They finally get to the island okay, Then there is trouble. A murder to start things off. The launch disappears and it happens to be the only one on the island. There is a murderer in the party and somewhere on the island is a grip with $200,000. You would think they had enough trouble, but no, Nature has generously throw a hurricane just for the heck of it.

Printing History

Horwitz Publications Inc.
Numbered Series #1 (September 1955)
Second Collector's Series #1 Volume 15 (1958)

Mavis is the secondary character in this title. Johnny Rio, her boss, is the main character.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Nowhere Weapon by William Odell

The Ulrich formula adds up to peace
Or Annihilation!
 Nick Carter Makes the difference.

UK Edition
Formula For Disaster!

An AXE courier, on a routine assignment in Paris, has disappeared. It happens in Nick Carter's business. But when Nick himself is called into replace the courier, he finds there's nothing routine about it. Through the narrow back streets of Montparnasse, Nick follows the trail of mayhem. The body hanging from a wrought iron fence, another one bound to a torture rack, an old man ruthlessly murdered, a young girl left orphaned. It's all leading to the Ulrich formula. In the right hands it's the ultimate defense. The arms race will come to a standstill. And the wrong hands are trying to bring Nick Carter Killmaster N3 to a standstill first!

George Gross Cover
Printing History
Written by William Odell

Charter Books
441 58895 
(December 1979)

Star Books
352 31117 

Monday, October 3, 2011

No Tears From The Widow by Carter Brown

Who's so merry it's murderous!

UK Robert McGinnis Cover

Consider a widow who wears bikini sized bra and panties, black of course, when she conducts her late husband's affairs.

Consider private eye Rick Holman's dilemma when she offers to conduct one with him.

Consider suicide, blackmail, accidental death, and more kept females than you can count and you've go the basic rundown of a Carter Brown story.

No Tears Of The Widow is pure Hollywood, starring vamps, vixens, and a dear departed who's much more valuable dead than he ever was alive!

US Robert McGinnis Cover
Printing History

Horwitz Publications Inc.
Numbered Series #135 (1967)

New American Library
Signet Books
D3052 (November 1966)

New English Library
Four Square Books
#2130 (June 1968)
ISBN 450 061

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Reich Four by Fred Huber

Nick Carter pursues a missing scientist.
And discovers a savage enemy!

UK Edition
Missing: Dr Karl Nordheim. Director of Medical Research at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Heidelberg.
Dead: Wilhelm Kraus. Research Assistant. By letter bomb addressed to Dr Nordheim.
Contact: Helga Nordheim. The Doctor's daughter, a musician who knows her scales very well.

Karl Nordheim was doing cancer research. But why are the top agents of the top powers trying to find him? And if they are all trying to find him, who's got him?

Contact: Angst Ehrlich. The millionaire recluse and inventor, claims not to have seen Nordheim in years.
Contact: Jericho. Exotic dancer at the Seiben-Einzehn. She is back in the double agent business.
Agent: Nick Carter, Killmaster N3. And all he has to go on are a slip of paper with "SWP" scrawled on it, and the word "Cobra" on the lips of a dying man.

George Gross Cover
Printing History
Written by Fred Huber

Charter Books
441 71228  (November 1979)

Star Books
352 30737