Friday, June 29, 2012

Assignment: Rio by Jack Canon

N3 goes undercover to save a Latin nation from Communist rule

George Gross Cover
Killmaster #191
When Frederico Tejada ruling Brazil, the country is rapidly going to hell. Assassination would put General Pablo Frenandes in power and practically hand the country over to the Russians, complete with its new;y discovered oil reserves. Tejada and Fernandes will both have to be taken care of, but without a hint of U.S. involvement. It's a job for several men. All of them Killmaster Nick Carter. Donning disguise after disguise, he's got work one against the other. But if anyone suspects his true identity, Nick Carter is a dead man, evtry one of him!

Printing History
Written by Jack Canon

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 03223

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Murder On Wheels by Valerie Frankel

It's full throttle attraction
and Wanda's one tough P.I. who's ready to roll

Tom McKeveny Cover

Death Pops A Wheelie!
Sparks fly when Wanda Mallory, proprietress of Times Square's Do It Right Detective Agency, meets the heated glaze of Strom Bismark, leader of New York City's notorious biker gang, Blood & Iron.

Still smarting from another romantic disaster, Wanda impulsively takes on the smoldering Strom as a client. someone has ripped off a bundle of cash from his East Village social club/casino, and the case gets as hot as a biker's muffler when a corpse is discovered in Strom's office. Flush Royale, a sexy blackjack dealer, has been fatal bashed with a frozen salami. Wanda goes undercover and out of breath in Flush's skintight mini and leather bustier, spinning a roulette wheel in Strom's illegal casino. With her estranged lover and sidekick Alex Beaudine, she's tangling with biker brutes, a finger breaking loan shark, and finally with Flush's killer, who's revving up to send Wanda on a one-way trip down the Highway to Hell.

Printing History
Written by Valerie Frankel

Simon & Shuster, Inc
Pocket Books
ISBN 671 73195
March 1992

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Intimidators by Donald Hamilton

It was a double mission this time. But Matt Helm could handle it....

One to terminate a top-notch enemy agent. 
Two, to locate the missing fiancee of a Texas oil millionaire.

Somehow they were connected. Matt did not know how, until a few members of the international set also disappeared near the infamous Bermuda Triangle. Everyone figured they were dead. Then Matt discovered they were alive, and part of a very deadly game.

Printing History
Written by Donald Hamilton (1916–2006)


Fawcett Gold Medal Books
March 1974

Ballantine Books
ISBN 449 12842
July 1985

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fat-Free and Fatal by Jaqueline Girdner

This week's contribution to the Crime Fiction Alphabet for the Letter F is

Fat-Free And Fatal
by Jaqueline Girdner

A Cooking Class Goes Sour When The Main Dish Is Murder

Mixed Green Murder
Kate Jasper's been on the edge ever since her significant other's meddling mother moved in. So she decides that getting out of the house for a vegetarian cooking class will be good for her mental and physical health. Then one of the students is choked to death, and the police suspect Kate's friend, Barbara. But Kate finds that hard to swallow. Now she has to find the a killer whose favorite recipe is murder. Before she's dead meat herself.

One may read more on the Crime Fiction Alphabet here

Printing History
Written by Jaqueline Girdner

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Communications, Inc
Diamond Books
July 1993

Monday, June 25, 2012

Butler #3: The Slayboys by Philip Kirk

To save the President's life.
The Institute turned Butler into an assassin!

Company of Killers
When the White House announced it was ready to recognize Communist Cuba, a right-wing Cuban terrorist group swore to kill the President. Butler was assigned to prevent the assassination. His only chance to find out where and when the triggerman would strike was to infiltrate the group and pose as an assassin himself. Butler did not realize, however, how smart the killers were. Their guns were aimed not only at the President, but also at Butler himself!

Printing History
Written by Leonard Levinson

Nordon Publications, Inc
Leisure Books
ISBN 8439-0683

Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc
Leisure Books

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Blondes Prefer Bulllets by Carter Brown

Second Collectors' Series
w/Lipstick Larceny

Mark Kane was driving along peacefully when all of the sudden someone stopped the car and cried "Murder!" So Mark went along to inspect the body. But either the girl had had delusions or they had walking corpse on their hands. But things brightened up when he met the Great Swami, and his assistant. In that leopard skin, Juanita could get Mark into more spots than he could get out of, or maybe it was just because blonde prefer bullets......

Printing History

Second Collectors' Series
Volume 1 Number 19
w/Lipstick Larceny

Each title was published separately

Lipstick Larceny
(originally titled Kiss Me Deadly)

Read more here.

Blondes Prefer Bullets
Lovely Mystery Novelette 
First Collector's Series #6

Friday, June 22, 2012

Day Of The Mahdi by Gayle Lynds

Agent N3 battles religious fanatics in the Middle East
with the help of a Soviet spy!

George Gross Cover
Killmaster #190
With a moderate king in power in Saudi Arabia, there's finally a chance for peace in the Middle East. But coups by religious fanatics are cropping up throughout the war-torn area. Is the mysterious "Mahdi" behind the violence? Nick Carter sets out to uncover the truth but treachery leads him further from his goal, until he joins forces with an unlikely ally, a beautiful KGB agent. Together they track down the fanatics who threaten world peace, and uncover a plot more hideous than either had imagined!

Printing History
Written by Gayle Lynds

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 13918
July 1984

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Trigger Pull by Paul Malone

Sudden death is a way of life at the Drug Enforcement Administration, in an endless full-frontal assault on America's toughest war: drugs. For Miami-based maverick Jack Fowler, it's a war he will fight to the end. In a world where trust is a dirty word. Where the seductive lure of power and money can turn good guys into bad apples. And where success means more than winning indictments. It means staying alive.

A narc's murder puts Fowler on a one-man vengeance trail of Miami cops on the take and Bahamian kingpin. Stalked by Colombian gunmen and a hit team of Metro-Dade's finest, Fowler brings the players together in a win or lose game where survival depends on the pull of a trigger.

Agents #1

Printing History
Written by Mike Newton

Worldwide Library
Gold Eagle Books
ISBN 373-63801
May 1991

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Crime Fiction IV by Allen J Hubin

Crime Fiction IV:
A Comprehensive Bibliography, 1749-2000

By Allen J. Hubin

Picked this up a few years ago.

Locus Press

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Crime Fiction Alphabet: Letter E

I decided to contribute to a meme. This meme will feature crime fiction that relates to the letters of the alphabet. We will pick up with the letter E. My contribution will by the Carter Brown title The Exotic.

1963 Horwitz Cover

The corpse came by cab. It was delivered as ordered, right at Sheriff Lavers' front door. And the Sheriff did not get the gag at all. Neither did Al Wheeler because it halted his progress with a blonde and started his chase for a murderer. As he tagged the trail of a phoney detective, a couple of strong-arm boys and a pompous practical joker. Al found the case growing more intriguing. Then he had to slow down for....

  • a cool-eyed heiress dripping with ice;
  • a fluffy blonde with a special talent;
  • a sleek sexy career girl, terribly sincere about money, but not about how she got it;

And a second corpse.

Robert McGinnis Cover
Pine City Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler plays dangerous games with three dangerous dames, and one cunning killer. The blonde was glamorous, like high-class fashion boutique she owned. But she did not want any part of the scandal her father's murder revived. But Al was all cop who bars no holds, whether he is hunting a beautiful women or a dangerous killer. He bluffed her into revealing plenty at a riotous basement party. But that was only the prelude to another murder.
Printing History

Horwitz Publications Inc.
Numbered Series #94 1961
International Edition Series #30 1963

Bolinda Publishing  (Audio) 2001

New American Library
Signet Books
#S2009 October 1961

You can read the original post from April 2011 below.

And here.

And you can find other related meme posts like this below.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Disco Death Beat by Michael Geller

A disco doll disappears, and the deadly beat goes on!

Murder Vibes

Jerry Bosen had two reasons for sending Lieutenant Bud Dugan the gold embossed invitation to his club "Arrow", the hottest disco on the east coast. The first was to catch up on the years since he and Dugan had been pals. The second was to catch the creep who was tailing his girl. "Arrow" had made Jerry a near fortune, and he had since plunged into the talent end of the business, landing a huge recording contract for his protege and girlfriend, Margot Barrie.And now, Margot was living in terror. Bud Dugan agreed to do what he could to shake the guy off Margot, but Margot had vanished. Bud soon found himself swinging in the pulsating neon frenzy to the disco world, electrified with murder!

Bud Dugan #3
Printing History
Written by Michael Geller

Tower Publications, Inc
Tower Books
ISBN 505-51596

Sunday, June 17, 2012

To Russia With L.U.S.T. by Rod Gray

Undercover Agent 
Oh Oh Sex tries 
to penetrate 
Russia-and vice versa

Paul Rader Cover
 L.U.S.T. Rocks The Kremlin
when Eve Drum, our super-seductive Secret Agent Oh Oh Sex, swings into action at a top-level Moscow orgy, Her mission is really a hairy one this time. She has to compromise a high Soviet official and get him throw a few of his big secrets our way. Poor Eve! Some of the things she learns at that orgy just can't be classified! And there's danger everywhere. Concealed amid the tangle of tumbling bodies are goodness knows how many Russian counters;pies, just waiting for Oh Oh sex to expose herself.

Printing History
Written by Gardner F Fox (1911-1986)

First Set
Tower Publications, Inc
A Tower Books
as Lady From L.U.S.T. #6
44-126 (1968) (0.75)

Second Set
Belmont Tower Books
as Lady From L.U.S.T. #9 
BT 50628 (0.95)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Circumstantial Evidence by Nicholas Carter

Was He Guilty?

Printing History
Written by Frederick Van Rensselaer Dey

Street & Smith Corporation
New Magnet Library #1196
1901,1903, 1929
Renewed by Haryot Holt Dey

Was originally published by Street & Smith's Magnet Detective Library #316.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Serial Vigilantes of Paperback Fiction by Bradley Mengel

An Encyclopedia from Able Team to Z-Comm

Cover Image by Shutterstock
Rough justice has often been served in the pages of serial novels, notably beginning with Donald Pendleton's The Executioner in 1969. This is the first overview of the serial vigilante genre, which features such hard-boiled protagonists as Nick Carter, Mark Stone, Jake Brand and Able Team among the 130 series that followed Pendleton's novel. Serial vigilantes repeatedly take the law into their own hands, establishing and imposing their own moral standards, usually by force. The book examines the connections between the serial vigilante and the pulp hero that preceded him and how the serial vigilante has influenced a variety of tough guys, private eyes and cops in different media. A complete bibliography for each series is featured.

Printing History
Bradley Mengel

McFarland & Company, Inc
ISBN 978 07864 4165

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hate Is For The Hunted by Stephen Frances

British agent John Gail on a nerve-chilling assignment:
Destroy an elite society of sexual deviates plotting absolute world domination. 
An ingeniously macabre plot like nothing you've read before!

The Most Exclusive Club on Earth
Getting in is unlikely. It takes money, influence, and superhuman cunning.

Staying in is risky. It means submitting to an incredibly bizarre variety of sadistic sexual appetites

Getting out is suicide. Membership is for life, and attempting to quit means being hunted down and slaughtered like an animal.

Destroying is impossible. It's made up of the wealthiest and most powerful figures in Britain.

Yet John Gail was expected to accomplish each of those tasks alone. At stake was the life of another agent, and the structure of civilized government.

Printing History
Written by Stephen D. Frances.

copyright 1968
Originally published in England by Mayflower Books Ltd. 

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Award Books

Monday, June 11, 2012

Night Of The Warheads by Jack Canon

A tiny nation becomes a nuclear pawn at the mercy of international terrorism.

George Gross Cover
From a lonely beach in the Yucatan to a tiny nation high in the Pyrenees, Nick Carter stalks the trail of international terrorists. Eight deadly nuclear missiles have been hijacked, and the Killmaster's job is to get the missiles back and distribute AXE justice to the thieves. For Agent N3, it's a piece of cake assignment with sweet rewards. Until a mysterious Basque millionairess spins a web of danger and death that threatens all Europe with nuclear destruction!

Printing History
Written by Jack Canon

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 57520
June 1984

Sunday, June 10, 2012

So Move The Body by Carter Brown

So Move The Body

Signet Edition

The Harassed Heiress
was a real knockout and was about to come into millions of cool cash. How could such a desirable and well endowed doll have any problems? Why had someone voted her "most likely murder victim of the year"? Danny Boyd didn't know the reason, but he was getting a fat retainer and a week as a way out house party to find out. So it was off to Santo Bahia, to be threatened by an apeman, madly pursued by the house nympho, and made the prime suspect in " the case of the roving beach body." Boyd couldn't understand how a seemingly simple case had turned into a jet-set hunt for the skeleton in the closet. With Danny 's frame being measured for its place on the rack.

Horwitz Edition

Printing History

Horwitz Group Books Pty Ltd
Horwitz Publications, Inc.
Numbered Series #175
Stag Publishing Co
ISBN 7255 0261
1973, 1979

New American Library
Signet Books
ISBN 451 T5704
December 1973

The 1973 Horwtiz Edition was issued in August 1975.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Saint's Getaway by Leslie Charteris

The Return of the Saint

The Saint had decided to turn over a new leaf. 
But he hadn't reckoned with Prince Rudolf. 
Nor with his old enemy's hankering for diamonds......

Printing History
Written by Leslie Charteris

copyright 1932
Published under the title Get Away

Hodder and Stoughton
Coronet Books
ISBN 340 01731
First Printing 1965
4th Impression 1978

Friday, June 8, 2012

Improbable Cause by J. A. Jance

When the dentist is a sadist, an appointment can be murder...

The dentist was sitting bolt upright in his chair. Stone-cold dead. 
Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont had plenty of suspects. Like the dentist's wife, who, after ten years of brutal beatings, certainly had the motive to kill. Or the pretty dental assistant, whose late night services would never appear on her resume. Or the ex-con who was the last person to see the dentist alive, and was an intimate friend of the widow. Beaumont knew he was closing in on his prey. But when a new piece of evidence surfaced, he discovered the true meaning of evil, and decided the killer should go free!

Printing History
Judith Ann Jance

Avon Books
ISBN 380 75412

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Midnight Sister by Marvin Albert

A low-life hood cons a beautiful lawyer, 
but Pete Sawyer's on hand to help her out of a tough spot.

When gutsy Arlette Alfani, a brilliant and beautiful Monaco lawyer, asks Pete for help, it's no cry in the dark. A former client of hers, the notorious killer and jewel thief, Andre Colin, has escaped from jail and the police think she arranged it. Pete puts himself on the case, scouting the discos and street-life of Paris and the hills of Monaco, chasing every clue to a million-dollar scam in stolen gems and a missing mob boss. What he discovers is an insidious connection to a secret society called the Midnight Sister and a lone, brutalized women he must protect from Colin's revenge. If only Pete can keep her healthy enough, long enough, and keep himself that way too!

Printing History
Written by Marvin H. Albert (1924-1996)

Ballantine Books
Fawcett Gold Medal Books
ISBN 449 13163
June 1989

Obit from the NY Times

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Goddess Gone Bad by Carter Brown

Murder locked away four million dollars and the key was a................

Horwitz Edition

Max Dumas saw the dame first, but Benny insisted they toss, so Max flipped the coin and landed him a seat next to her, and a pack of trouble any gambler would be ashamed to admit to. By the law of averages the brunette should have looked Max up when they landed at Begota. But how could she? She was dead? It was time for Benny and Max to skip, but the ebony carving with the map inside intrigued Max. Seems it did others. They slipped in, like a Micky Finn, and even left a memento of their visit, a corpse in the closet. Then the dead women's sister, a dame whose statistics were more interesting than any competitor's figure, offered  them a proposition. Find the lost Inca city and they would be millionaires. Benny and Max flew to Malo and found the treasure. But they had not gambled on being double-crossed by a dame, whose pay-off was a promise that maybe in a hundred years some would discover their bones!

Printing History

Horwitz Publications, Inc.
Numbered Series #69

Max Dumas appears in two other titles:
Luck Was No Lady
Deadly Miss

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Death Island by David Hagberg

Agent N3 faces a bloodthirsty foe on a steamy Pacific isle

George Gross Cover
Killmaster #188
When angry natives attack a secret U.S. satellite station on a remote Pacific island, Nick Carter goes undercover to find out why. The island's French governor can't be bled for information, but his gorgeous young wife is infinitely more helpful. She leads Nick to a nearby island, and a tribe of cannibals thirsty for American blood. Someone is inciting them to murder, and to the annihilation of the satellite station. It's up to Nick Carter "Killmaster" to put a stop to the bloody uprisings, but first he will have to escape a perilous trap, and to do battle with an unexpected and deadly foe.

Printing History
Written by David Hagberg 

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 14220
May 1984

Monday, June 4, 2012

Paging the Saint by Leslie Charteris

A Bonded Mystery

The Man Who Could Not Die
The Story Of A Dead Man

Printing History
Written by Leslie Charteris
copyright 1941

Originally published under the title 
Wanted For Murder

The Jacobs Publishing Company
July 1945

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Pipes Are Calling by Carter Brown

A jet-set beauty involves private eye Danny Boyd in her high-powered 
world of orgies, investments, and cold-blooded murder!

Corpse On A Chandelier
Private eye Danny Boyd and his beautiful buxom client Melanie Rigby walk right into a set up. The cabin was deserted, the lights were out, and Melanie's millionaire hubby was dangling above their heads with his throat slit. Boyd was not about to be the fall guy for anyone, especially when Melanie was ready to foot the bill if he could catch the killer. But in the tight-knit world of Santo Bahia's upper crust, pinning the knife blade on the murderer was no kid's game. Danny found his work really cut out for him when  he started playing hide-and-seek with the wealthiest people in town, but one orgy, kidnapping, and bed-to-bed leap later. Danny was almost convinced he had the killer. All he needed was a little more proof to slam the cell door on this stab-and-run artist. Unless his quarry twisted the knife into Danny first!

Printing History

Horwitz Publications
Horwitz Group Books Pty, Ltd.
Hong Kong B.C.C.

Horwitz Double Edition #17A (April 1983)

New American Library
Signet Books
In association with Horwitz Publications
ISBN 451 Y7182
October 1976

w/The Early Boyd
in association with Horwitz Grahame Publications
ISBN 451 AE2073
February 1983

This title was not published in Australia until 1983.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Last Resort by Jaqueline Girdner

Some Health Regimes Are Real Killers!

Kate Jasper is trying to forget those nagging pains of her recent past namely an unexpected murder case, and her ex-husband. Suddenly both are back with a vengeance. Kate's ex is suspected of murder. And Kate is hard-pressed to shed any tears for the victim, his young gorgeous girlfriend. Either way, Kate has vowed to look into the case, by checking herself into the spa where the health conscious beauty met her unhealthy death. The clientele are stranger than Kate expected to find in a ritzy spa. And she's about to learn that detective work may be hazardous to her life.

Printing History
Written by Jaqueline Girdner

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Communications, Inc
Diamond Books
June 1991

Friday, June 1, 2012

Secret Mission: Angola by Don Smith

Assignment No. 9.
Capture African rebel leader before Russians and Chinese get him. 
Only Sherman can handle this job, and he's wanted for murder on two continents!

Who can a CIA agent trust when he's caught in the middle and the squeeze is on?

A beautiful Portuguese women, so hellbent on revenge she'll submit to anything, or anyone, to get it?
An ex-Green Beret with more treacherous angles than a jungle river?
A stately African princess, who is a brutal guerrilla fighter when she has to be?
Two rebel leaders, both after the same prize, both determined that the other should die?

CIA agent Phil Sherman, on a blood-soaked assignment in Angola, knew that a sane man would trust none of them. But he was in a spot where sanity was measured by one basic factor. Staying alive!

Printing History
Written by Don Smith

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Award Books
A697S 1970
AN1153 1974

The cover for AN1153 was the same cover used with the Nick Carter title The Human Time Bomb with book number A456X published in 1969 and 1970.