Sunday, September 30, 2012

House of Sorcery (Horwitz) by Carter Brown

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

It was a game of dollars and scents with a curvy executive, a cheeky stripper, a string of hefty hanger-on who were playing double dirty. And a perfume formula stolen from House of Sorcery, Inc. It was worth millions, which were besides the point of Maxine Lord, who said she wanted to catch a thief. And called Danny Boyd into her boudoir to explain the problem. It was all there, for fun and profit, if Danny wanted to play by Maxine's rules.

Written by
Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

Printing History
Horwitz Publications, Inc.
Numbered Series #139 (1967)
Printed in Hong Kong by Continental Printing Co Ltd
May 1968

Previous post from September 12th 2011 below
House of Sorcery 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Men Magazine July 1967

Men Magazine July 1967

The Deadly Nude by Carter Brown
Condensed from
No Tears From The Widow
copyright 1966
by Horwitz Publications, Inc
Published by arrangement by
The New American Library, Inc
Art by Samson Pollen

Other interesting posts with the same title

No Tears From The Widow (II)

Printing History
Male Magazine
Zenith Publishing Corporation
Volume 16 No 7
July 1967

Friday, September 28, 2012

Nick Carter Killmaster #200 The Vengeance Game by David Hagberg

N3 must kill the terrorist responsible for the Marine bombing in Beirut

George Gross Cover
"Don't turn down any chance to kill him." David Hawk's words still rang in his ears as Nick Carter plane touched down in war-torn Beirut. His quarry: The most wanted terrorist in the world. Ruthless, arrogant and elusive as a fox. The mastermind of the bombing of the Marine compound in Beirut, the brain behind the massacre at the Munich Olympics. Now he is planning another fiendish bloodbath.As Nick Carter Killmaster N3 goes into action, Interpol, CIA, and Israeli Intelligence are watching. But do they want him to succeed where they have so spectacularly failed..?

Printing History
Written by David Hagberg

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 86129
May 1985

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Crime Fiction Alphabet: Letter S

This week we are coming closer to the end of the Crime Fiction Alphabet meme. Kerrie's Mysteries in Paradise is the place to see what other bloggers are posting and check out the rules. This week we will feature the Letter S.

Crime Fiction Alphabet: S is for Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Holmes was a London-based consulting detective whose abilities border on the fantastic. He is famous for his astute logical reasoning, the ability to adopt almost any disguise, and the use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases. Sherlock Holmes first appeared in publication in 1887 and was featured in four novels and 56 short stories. The character grew in popularity with the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine, beginning with A Scandal in Bohemia in 1891. Further series of short stories and two novels published in serial form appeared between then and 1927, covering a time period from around 1880 up to 1914.

Sherlock Holmes shares the majority of his professional years with his good friend and chronicler Dr. Watson, who lives with Holmes.  Their residence is maintained by the landlady, Mrs. Hudson. Watson has two roles in Holmes's life. First;, he gives practical assistance in the conduct of his cases, he is the detective's right-hand man, acting variously as look-out, decoy, accomplice and messenger. Second; he is Holmes's chronicler, most of the Holmes stories are written from Watson's point of view as summaries of the detective's most interesting cases. In His Last Bow, Holmes has retired to a small farm on the Sussex Downs in 1903–1904, as chronicled by Watson.  Holmes has taken up the hobby of beekeeping as his primary occupation. The story also features Holmes and Watson coming out of retirement one last time to aid the war effort.

The original Sherlock Holmes stories consist of fifty-six short stories and four novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

A Study in Scarlet (1887)
The Sign of the Four (1890)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (serialized 1901–1902 in The Strand)
The Valley of Fear (serialized 1914–1915 in The Strand)

Short stories
The short stories were originally published in periodicals and then later gathered into five anthologies:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (contains stories published 1891–1892 in The Strand)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (contains stories published 1892–1893 in The Strand as further episodes of the Adventures)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (contains stories published 1903–1904 in The Strand)
The Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes (including His Last Bow) (contains stories published 1908–1913 and 1917)
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (contains stories published 1921–1927)

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Billion Dollar Snatch by Troy Conway

Counterspy Rod Damon
The Coxman
Gets into his hottest adventure

Coxeman #3

The Billion Dollar Snatch
Is it too much even for Rod Damon?
What was the connection between the robbery of the huge gold shipments and the kidnapping of twenty eight VIPs? Counterspy Rod Damon, the Coxeman, must find out before the increasingly suspicious world powers start blowing each other off the map. His only clue is a hotel in Rome run by a bizarre nymphomaniac whose beauty is out matched only by her strange appetites. His only weapon is his tireless skill as a lover. 

Who will give out first?
The governments with itchy atomic fingers?
Or the great Rod?

Printing History
Written by Michael Avallone (1924-1999)

Coronet Communications Inc.
Paperback Library

1st Printing
 March 1968

2nd Printing 
November 1969
ISBN 610 53675

3rd Printing 
March 1972
ISBN 446 64789

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Male Magazine May 1963

Male Magazine 
May 1963

Mort Kunstler Cover

The Naked Wanton
by Carter Brown
Art by Samson Pollen
Condensed from The Lady Is Available
copyright 1962
by Horwitz Publications Inc Pty Ltd
Published by arrangement with New American Library of World Literature Inc

Printing History

Male Publishing Corp
Volume 13 No 5
May 1963

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bimbo Heaven by Marvin Albert

Pete Sawyer's tracking hot diamonds and a cold murderer under the dazzling Riviera sun.

Stone Angel #7
When a beautiful young woman, dripping wet and alone, wandered onto his patio, ex-cop and private eye Pete Sawyer knew he was looking at trouble. He also knew he would take the job. It sounded simple enough. Deliver a letter to a local Riviera resident. But when Pete arrived, the man had vanished and his wife was worked over by two thugs. That was only the beginning of a murderous trail of diamonds and death that led from the Cote d'Azur into the exotic heart of Morocco. There in the stark Sahara, Pete would spark a bloody showdown that few would live to talk about....

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

Ballantine Books
Fawcett Gold Medal Books
ISBN 449 14623
April 1990

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Creative Murders by Carter Brown

Big Business was the game
And the rules Al Wheeler discovered
Were sex, blackmail, and murder!

Horwitz Photo Cover
The Corporate Corpse
Goldie Baker was sitting in the shower, blonde, naked, beautiful, with a bullet in her breast. And the man in the lewd photographs with her had blown his brains out. Pine City Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler finds himself entangled in a world of corporate espionage, where sex and LSD spelled blackmail, and a pistol is the quickest way up the corporate ladder! Al had to move fast, for the first suspect was him in this deadly game of dollars and death!

Robert McGinnis Cover
Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

Horwitz Publications
Horwitz Group Books Pty. Ltd.
Numbered Series #157 (November 1971)
ISBN 7255 143
Printed in Hong Kong by Peninsula Press Ltd

Horwitz Publications
Horwitz Grahame Books Pty Ltd
w/The Coven
CB001 Double Edition (1978)

New American Library
Signet Books
T4520 February 1971

Signet Photo Cover
Double Editions
w/The Coven
E8259 September 1978
AE1697 August 1982

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pursuit of The Eagle by Gayle Lynds

On the trail of a runaway AWACS plane!

George Gross Cover

Killmaster #199
When the smoke finally settled in the top-security NATO base, the smoldering AWACS were all that remained. Two NATO generals were machine-gunned. A top scientist was kidnapped. In the remote mountains of Bulgaria, Nick Carter spotted an AWACS plane nestled deep in the valley below. The Bulgarians were up to something. Yet even the CIA denied any knowledge of the airbase incident. Nick was going to have to go it alone.....

 Printing History
Written by Gayle Lynds

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 69180
April 1985

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Crime Fiction Alphabet: Letter R

This week in the Crime Fiction Alphabet meme over at Kerrie's blog Mysteries in Paradise, we are currently up to the Letter R. The rules are simple. By Friday of each week we write a blog post about crime fiction related to the letter of the week. Our post must be related to either the first letter of a book's title, the first letter of an author's first name, or the first letter of the author's surname, or even maybe a crime fiction "topic". But above all, it has to be crime fiction. This week for the Letter R. I will write about the Television Series Remington Steele.

Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The cases of a female private detective partnered with a former thief who assumes the role of a fictitious detective in the business. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises and first broadcast on the NBC network from 1982 to 1987. Remington Steele’s initial premise was conceived in 1969 by long-time television director Robert Butler. As Remington Steele was originally conceived, Laura Holt's invention of a mythical employer in order to attract business to her agency (she came up with his name by combining the names of an electric razor and the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team) was the whole concept. No Pierce Brosnan. No male lead at all. But NBC objected and a potentially good show became a Very Good Show when creators Michael Gleason and Robert Butler took that monkey wrench tossed into their plans and used it to retool the show in absolutely marvelous ways. Remington Steele was a unique hybrid of romantic comedy, drama, and detective procedural that paid homage to Hollywood movies of the 1930s and 1940s, drawing particularly from screwball comedy in the romantic storyline, while often referencing film noir in the mystery storylines.

Stephanie Zimbalist as Laura Holt
Pierce Brosnan as Remington Steele
Doris Roberts as Mildred Krebs (recurring second season onwards)
Janet DeMay as Bernice Foxe (first season)
James Read as Murphy Michaels (first season)
Jack Scalia as Tony Roselli (fifth season)       

Other recurring actors included:
Cassandra Harris (first wife of Pierce Brosnan) as Felicia, one of Steele's old flames, and Anna, a mysterious woman from Steele's past.
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (father of Stephanie Zimbalist) as Daniel Chalmers, a charming con man who was Steele's mentor and surrogate father (revealed to be his biological father in the end) and whose real name was unknown. He died in the last episode, "Steeled With A Kiss, Part Two."
Beverly Garland as Abigail Holt, Laura's mother.
Gary Frank as Detective James Jarvis, a somewhat incompetent police detective who more often than not falsely accused the principal characters and their clients of murder.
Michael Constantine as George Edward Mulch, a business man with far-fetched ideas only looking for fame and fortune.
James Tolkan as Norman Keyes, an insurance investigator bent on proving Steele to be a fraud. He died in the fifth season.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Secret Mission: The Kremlin Plot by Don Smith

A dead Russian skyjacker...
A vital Soviet secret............
And Phil Sherman becomes a moving target as four major powers zero in for the kill!

Americans.... Moscow usually find the reception chilly. But when Phil Sherman accidentally finds some stolen Soviet missile plans, the Russians capital quickly becomes a hot spot.

...agents tend to be very frank. They inform Sherman that he has two choices: sell the plans to them or die. And Britain is an ally.

...methods are even more persuasive, like pushing bamboo needles under the fingernails. Trying to doublecross Mao is suicide, but Sherman has no other option.

...come in two varieties, those working for the state and those working for themselves. The first includes the notorious Secret Police. A permanent sentence to Siberia is the least that could happen to Sherman if they catch him. The second variety covers a beautiful female scientist, desperate for the missile plans and willing to use all of her considerable talents to get them back.

Never before has one man's life been worth so little to so many!

Printing History
Written by Don Smith

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Universal-Award House Inc
Award Books
A866 August 1971
AQ1402 January 1975

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Terrorizers by Donald Hamilton

A terrific adventure featuring the incredible Matt Helm

When they fished him out of the bay and he woke up in a Canadian hospital, he had no idea who he was. The plane crash had wiped his mind clean of the past. Then this gorgeous chick waltzed into his room and told him he was Paul Madden, a photographer, her fiance, which seemed like a pretty good deal. Except when some joker called on the phone and told him he was Matt Helm. Somehow he knew this meant trouble. Bad trouble.

Cover by JRush
Printing History
Written by Donald Hamilton (1916-2006)


Fawcett Gold Medal Books
September 1977
ISBN 449 13865
2nd Printing

Ballantine Books
ISBN 449 12597
August 1983

Friday, September 14, 2012

Blonde, Beautiful and Blam! by Carter Brown

Joe Dixon thought he was set for a new job until Bascomb told him he had been executive checked. And they did not approve. So Dixon hired the same detective agency to check on Bascomb's private life. The agency was run by a piece of blonde dynamite. She found out that Bascomb's life was blameless, but his wife's wasn't. So Dixon checked on the wife, and the guy she wasn't being blamless with and that led him right back to Bascomb's office and Bascomb. Only this time he wasn't talking to Dixon, he was a candidate for the morgue. That was fine, except that a lot of nasty people  thought he knew so much more than he actually did. The nasty people included the cops, the F.B.I., a brunette who was prepared to trade but anything for information. And the corpses kept coming his way. The basic trouble was there were so many beautiful dolls Dixon could fall for. But they all had him lined up as the fall guy.

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

Horwitz Publications Inc.
for and on behalf of Transport Publishing Company
Numbered Series #17 (June 1956)
Reprint By Demand Series #5 (March 1959)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Justice For A Jinx by Marc Brody

A Crime Reporter's Inside Story

When Dr. Chris Bryan came out of San Queseda prison Marc Brody followed him to a cheap motel and saved his life was saved from an assassin's knife. And then Brody found himself acting the role of Dr. Bryan on the way to New Orleans to find murder and more murder. On the plane somebody was murdered and four more died violently in New Orleans. Always the killers were waiting while the frantic search by police and criminals for Skip, the Jinx with the flame-colored hair became more and more urgent. Skip held the key to Brody's life or death. But he earned more than a medical degree when in the role of Dr. Bryan, he was forced to examine several gorgeous babes......

Printing History
Written by W. H. ‘Bill’ Williams

Horwitz Publications Inc.
for and on behalf of Transport Publishing Company
March 1957

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Macao Massacre by Jack Canon

Computer pirates plunge the Killmaster into a Far East terror maze!

George Gross Cover
Killmaster #198
Our most sophisticated computer secrets are turning up in enemy hands. Top scientist are disappearing from Japan's foremost computer firm. Who is behind it? And why are the scientists Nick Carter talks to afraid to tell him anything? The trail leads Nick from the lush coast of Marin County to the seamy underworld of Hong Kong Harbor. As in a deadly game of extortion, blackmail, and murder. Nick takes on his most treacherous mission yet!
 Printing History
Written by Jack Canon

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 51353
March 1985

Fancy Adams makes another appearance, she first appeared in The Ebony Cross.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Crime Fiction Alphabet: Letter Q

This week in the Crime Fiction Alphabet meme, the Letter Q is up. For the rules one may visit Kerrie's website at Mysteries in Paradise to view the rules and other contributions. This week I will profile the classic Ellery Queen.

Crime Fiction Alphabet: Q is for Ellery Queen

Ellery Queen is both a fictional character and a pseudonym used by two American cousins from New York, Daniel Nathan, alias Frederic Dannay (October 20, 1905 – September 3, 1982) and Manford Lepofsky, alias Manfred Bennington Lee (January 11, 1905 – April 3, 1971). The fictional Ellery Queen created by Dannay and Lee as a mystery writer and amateur detective who help his father, a New York City police inspector, solve baffling murders.  They were also responsible for co-founding and directing Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, generally considered one of the most influential English Language crime fiction magazines of all time. The fictional Ellery Queen was the hero of more than 30 novels and several short story collections written by Dannay and Lee and published under the Ellery Queen pseudonym. They allowed the Ellery Queen name to be used as a house name for a number of novels written by other authors, as paperback originals, and not featuring Ellery Queen as a character. Ellery Queen was created in 1928 when Dannay and Lee entered a writing contest sponsored by McClure's Magazine for the best first mystery novel. The Ellery Queen novels are examples of the classic whodunit mystery, textbook examples of what became known as the "Golden Age" of the mystery novel. Because the reader obtains clues in the same way as the protagonist detective, the book becomes an intellectually challenging puzzle.

  • The Roman Hat Mystery — 1929
  • The French Powder Mystery — 1930
  • The Dutch Shoe Mystery — 1931
  • The Greek Coffin Mystery — 1932
  • The Egyptian Cross Mystery — 1932
  • The American Gun Mystery — 1933
  • The Siamese Twin Mystery — 1933
  • The Chinese Orange Mystery — 1934
  • The Spanish Cape Mystery — 1935
  • The Lamp of God — 1935
  • Halfway House — 1936
  • The Door Between — 1937
  • The Devil to Pay — 1938
  • The Four of Hearts — 1938
  • The Dragon's Teeth (aka.The Virgin Heiresses) — 1939
  • Calamity Town — 1942
  • The Quick and the Dead — 1943
  • There Was an Old Woman — 1943
  • The Murderer is a Fox — 1945
  • Ten Days' Wonder — 1948
  • Cat of Many Tails — 1949
  • Double, Double — 1950
  • The Origin of Evil — 1951
  • The King is Dead — 1952
  • The Scarlet Letters — 1953
  • The Glass Village — 1954 (neither Ellery Queen nor Inspector Queen in book)
  • Inspector Queen's Own Case — 1956 (Inspector Queen only)
  • The Finishing Stroke — 1958
  • The Player on The Other Side — 1963 (ghost-written with Theodore Sturgeon)
  • …and on the Eighth Day… — 1964 (ghost-written with Avram Davidson)
  • The Fourth Side of The Triangle — 1965 (ghost-written with Avram Davidson)
  • A Study in Terror — 1966 (Movie tie-in)
  • Face to Face — 1967
  • The House of Brass — 1968 (ghost-written with Avram Davidson) (Sequel to Inspector Queen's Own Case with a minimal appearance by Ellery.)
  • Cop Out — 1969 (neither Ellery Queen nor Inspector Queen appear)
  • The Last Woman in His Life — 1970
  • A Fine and Private Place — 1971