Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Blue Limbo by Frank Lauria

The remarkable return of Dr. Owen Orient, Psychic Investigator
Technology and supernatural evil are wed
on an island of voodoo terror

Cover by Alan Chang

Evil Reigns From Washington To Montego Bay

Beneath the cool blue waters of the Caribbean, a telepathic experiment aboard an American nuclear submarine goes hideously awry....

A beautiful and gifted Obeah priestess is trapped between the unspeakable hells of the living and the living death......

A power-crazed government official joins forces with a fiendish and invincible voodoo master in an unholy alliance of military might and supernatural terror that could devastate the Earth.....

Scientist, Psychic Investigator, High Adept of Mystical Arts
For over a decade, the insidious forces of occult evil have been allowed to flourish and feed.

But now Dr Owen Orient has returned

Printing History
Written by Frank Lauria

Avon Books 
The Hearst Corporation
ISBN 380 76164
May 1991

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Normandy Code by Jack Canon

Inside a plaster statue are computer secrets that could blow Europe apart!

George Gross Cover
Killmaster #202
Nick Carter has been a croupier in a Deauvillle casino on the Normandy coast for two weeks. The reason? To gain access to the French underworld and find out who pulled the Paris heist of a plaster Madonna containing the computer codes of all the Pershing missiles in Western Europe. All Nick Carter "Killmaster N3" has to go on is a matchbook from the casino and a woman's handkerchief. It's a race against time....before the Madonna falls into the wrong hands!

Printing History
Written by Jack Canon

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 58612
July 1985

Serena makes an appearance. She first appeared in The Ebony Cross
The Ebony Cross 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Murderer Among Us! by Carter Brown

She was a movie queen with all the qualities to make her infinitely desirable to countless millions of men the world over. But she was jealous of the blonde who stole her part, jealous enough to make wild threats of murder. And Hollywood's Mr. Fix-It Rick Holman had to stave off the scandal when someone proceeded to carry out her threats......

Three attempts had been made to murder the blonde actress. It was enough to make a phoney publicity story, with the would-be victim's beautiful rival as the killer line. And when  Hollywood's tough trouble-shooter Rick Holman was hired to straighten out the scandal, he found himself caught up in a deadly conspiracy.

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

Horwitz Publications Inc. Pty. Ltd.
Numbered Series #104 (1962)
International Edition Series #55 (1968)

This title was published in the United States as A Murderer Among Us! check out the link below for that post from May 2011.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hot As A Pistol by Gene Curry

Saddler was named temporary marshal, 
but he was a full-time lover

Frontier Justice
On his way south to Mexico, Jim Saddler met an old friend who needed help in the Arizona Territory. The next thing he knew he was marshal of a dying town. Hated and distrusted by the townspeople, Saddler thought he would have to work all day long to keep the town safe from a renegade Irish family and a corrupt politician, and all night long to keep himself safe from a pair of criminally beautiful women. Soon he found his troubles had only begun. For one of the beauties had run away from her murderous husband Peyton Ballard. An infamous Confederate guerrilla, Ballard meant to kill anyone who tried to stand between him and his wife. But Saddler had sworn to protect the innocent, and he would, no matter how many outlaws he had to gun down.

Printing History
Written by Peter McCurtin

Belmont Tower Books
Tower Publications Inc. 

Leisure Books
Dorchester Publishing Company
ISBN 8439-3037 (December 1990)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Without Due Process by J. A. Jance

We are nearing the end of the Crime Fiction Alphabet Meme over at Kerrie's
Mysteries in Paradise 

This week I will be featuring the title Without Due Process by J.A. Jance

A J.P. Beaumont Mystery
A maniac broke into the home of Officer Benjamin Harrison Weston, then brutally snuffed the model cop, his wife, and his children. But five year old, "Junior" Weston was hiding in a closet. And somehow avoided the psycho's bloody blade. Everyone loved and admired "Gentle Ben: but now the brass is suggesting he was dirty. Homicide detective J. P. Beaumont isn't about to let anyone drag his dead friend's reputation through the mud. And he'll trail a killer from the savage, gang-related streets into the upper ranks of Seattle P.D., if necessary to save a scared little boy who knows too much to live.

Printing History
Written by Judith Ann Jance

William Morrow and Company, Inc
 ISBN 688 11459
December 1992

The Hearst Corporation
Avon Books
ISBN 380 75837
October 1983

Harper Collins
ISBN 062 08638
January 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Die Anytime, After Tuesday! (Horwitz Edition) by Carter Brown

Maybe the threat on the comedian's life was only a joke.
But who wants to give a murderer the last laugh?

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

Horwitz Publications
Horwitz Group Books Pty. Ltd.
Numbered Series #147 (1969)
Issued March 1970

Read the original post from November 2011

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Nobody's Perfect by Richard Reinsmith

His beautiful client had everything
including a killer at her heels

Ray Martin is in the business of keeping people alive. The money is good, the hours stink, and the risks are high. He learns more about the private lives of his clients than their husbands or lovers know. Sometimes, to save a life, he has to take one. That's what he's paid for. Those are the rules of the game.

Nobody's Perfect
Wealthy, gorgeous Lisbeth Kessler has the perfect life, except for one slight flaw. Somebody's trying to ruin the symmetry of her pretty head with a high powered rifle. In the process of protecting her life, Ray Martin is caught up in industrial espionage, involved with a nympho secretary, and pursued by three limousines whose drivers have a death wish, Ray's head!

Printing History
written Richard Reinsmith

Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc
Leisure Books
ISBN 8439 2137
August 1984

Monday, October 15, 2012

Last Flight To Moscow by Joseph L Gilmore

America's space secrets.
Destination Moscow

George Gross Cover
Killmaster #201
Aeroflot Flight 9 is carrying a cargo of stolen U.S. secrets to Moscow. Yet more and more it resembles a hearse, with the blood of KGB agents trickling down its isles, corpses in its lavatories. This is because Nick Carter "Killmaster" is on Flight 9's tail. And Nick is determined that the plane will never reach its destination. Because if it does, the global showdown will begin, and this maybe...the last flight to Moscow!

Printing History
Written by Joseph L Gilmore (1929-2005)

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 24089
June 1985

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Trigger Mortis by Frank Kane

Her frame was murder,
her past was
blackmail bait.
Johnny Liddell
wanted her.....

Celeste was rotten...and Johnny Liddell knew it...but he didn't care......
She'd hire him to get back pictures and films of her murky past, which Bare Facts magazine was using as blackmail bait.

But the impetuous redhead couldn't wait for Johnny to do his job. She went to see publisher Murray Carter herself and the next day he was found dead in his apartment, with a bullet in the back of his skull.

So police gave Johnny 48 hours to solve the murder riddle, and the private eye's search led him everywhere from a Harlem dope joint to a boxer's hangout, with trouble all the way!

Print History
Written by Frank Kane (1912-1968)

copyright 1958

Horwitz Publications, Inc 
PB47 (1960)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Women's Camp by John Slater

The Australians planned a daring bid to rescue the nurses from cruelty and horror....

Fear walked with them!
No white woman was safe on the streets of Manila. For a few days the Red Cross Hospital was a haven of safety for the nursing staff. Then the Japanese moved in...and the terror stalked the wards as the nurses found themselves worse than prisoners. Slaves to the whims of the cruel invaders.

Three Australian airmen were determined to make a bid for freedom. They knew that escape from their swaggering, brutal captors would be dangerous in the extreme. It would be almost impossible for men accompanied by women. But how could they leave three attractive nurses to the mercy of the Japanese. Especially after what had happened?

Printing History
Written by Ray Slattery

Horwtiz Publications, Inc
John Slater Series #4 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Carter Brown Comic #3

Sensational Full-Length Mysteries All In Pictures

Dame Out of Depth
Judy Plays Judo
Bullets For A Blonde

Dame Out of Depth is the condensed version of Blonde Bad, and Beautiful (aka The Hong Kong Caper)
Blonde Bad and Beautiful

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Men Magazine October 1966

Men Magazine October 1966

The Nymph Swappers
art by Al Rossi
Blackmail, murder, and passion in a house of mad desires
condensed from Play Now...Kill Later
copyright 1966 by Horwitz Publications, Inc. Pty. Ltd
Published by arrangement from The New American Library , Inc.

The original post from Oct 2011

Printing History
Male Magazine
Zenith Publishing Corporation
Volume 15 No 10
October 1966

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Temptress (Horwitz Edition) by Carter Brown

Al Wheeler investigates a wealthy wanton 17 year old who courted murder.....

Horwitz Photo Cover
A corpse in a cheap motel and a wanton runaway heiress set Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler investigating scandal in the high school set and an unorthodox sidewalk suicide. She's the minor who's majoring in men.

Long Story Magazine #16
 Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series #87 (1960)
Long Story Magazine #16 (November 1960)
International Edition #19 (June 1962)

The original post from April 2011 Temptress
The UK Edition: Temptress (UK)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Million Dollar Babe (1st Edition) by Carter Brown

She's a stacked doll who deals a professional gambler into a million dollar game with the syndicate........killer take all!

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

Horwitz Publications Inc
International Series #17 (1962)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Crime Fiction Alphabet: Letter T

This week we are coming closer and 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 be featuring the Letter T.

Crime Fiction Alphabet: Letter T
T is for Travis McGee

Travis McGee is a fictional character created by mystery writer John D. MacDonald (July 24, 1916 – December 28, 1986). Unlike most detectives in crime fiction, McGee is a self-described salvage consultant who recovers others' property for a fee. McGee appeared in 21 novels, from the first book in 1964, The Deep Blue Good-by to the last book in 1984, The Lonely Silver Rain.  Travis McGee lives on a custom-made 52-foot barge-type houseboat dubbed The Busted Flush docked at Bahia Mar Marina, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His clients are usually the people who have been deprived of something important and/or valuable (typically by unscrupulous or illegal means) and have no way to regain it lawfully. McGee's usual fee is half the value of the item if recovered. Travis McGee does have a sidekick of sorts. His best friend Meyer, an internationally known and respected economist who lives on a cabin cruiser of his own near McGee's at Bahia Mar.

When MacDonald created the character, he wanted the character to be called Dallas McGee, after the city.  After the Kennedy assassination, John MacDonald decided that name had too many negative connotations. He was searching for a first name for McGee when a friend suggested that he look at the names of the many Air Force bases in California. MacDonald's attention was caught by Travis Air Force Base, he named his character Travis. Beginning with The Deep Blue Good-By, released in March 1964, each of the twenty-one novels featuring Travis McGee has a title that incorporates a color.

The Books

The Deep Blue Good-by (1964)
Nightmare in Pink (1964)
A Purple Place for Dying (1964)
The Quick Red Fox (1964)
A Deadly Shade of Gold (1965)
Bright Orange for the Shroud (1965)
Darker than Amber (1966)
One Fearful Yellow Eye (1966)
Pale Gray for Guilt (1968)
The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper (1968)
Dress Her in Indigo (1969)
The Long Lavender Look (1970)
A Tan and Sandy Silence (1971)
The Scarlet Ruse (1972)
The Turquoise Lament (1973)
The Dreadful Lemon Sky (1974)
The Empty Copper Sea (1978)
The Green Ripper (1979)
Free Fall in Crimson (1981)
Cinnamon Skin (1982)
The Lonely Silver Rain (1984)