Monday, December 31, 2012

The Sad-Eyed Seductress by Carter Brown

One look at her and Danny Boyd knew
A blonde with her kind of eyes
Would be murder!!!

Robert McGinnis Cover

Through the half-open bedroom door Danny Boyd glimpsed a gorgeous pair of legs. One neatly clad in sheer nylon and a high heeled shoe, the other naked and barefoot. He walked in and saw the blonde lying on the bed. She was everything the first tantalizing view had promised. Sultry. Seductive. Scintillating. And they were alone...together. Only one thing was wrong. Now he knew the reason for her one bare leg. Someone had wrapped the missing nylon tight around her pretty throat......

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1926-1985)

New American Library
Signet Books
November 1961

More covers and the original post from April 2011 below.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Operation Flashpoint by Dan J Marlowe

Operation Flashpoint

He wasn't a good man
He wasn't a bad man
But his name was Earl Drake
And that was the difference

As a bank robber and safe cracker, Drake felt a bit out of place playing undercover agent for Uncle Sam. But he had no choice. One of the top brass in U.S. Intelligence had his number. So they made a deal, his silence for Drake's services in tracking down a gang of Mid-East terrorists. Besides, Drake had a personal in the job. They stole $75,000 from him. Drake started with a Turkish delight, Talia, He conned her into leading him from the bedroom to the inner most sanctum. He wished he didn't. One look at the cold bulbous eyes in the mound of flesh seated on the sofa before him told Drake he had stepped in the path of a rattlesnake. And if he couldn't charm it, Drake was a dead man.

Printing History
Written by Dan J Marlowe (1917-1987)

copyright 1970
Hoddor Fawcett Ltd
Coronet Books
1972, 1973,1973
ISBN 340 16472

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Eye To Eye by Don Pendleton

An Unconventional Hero

Ashton Ford Psychic Detective #2
He's a government trained spy and a former naval officer. A globe hopping adventurer and an unparallelled lover. But Ashton Ford also has special powers. Powers that people sometimes call supernatural, like his ability to see the future. Now both the United States and Russia's most brilliant astronomers and space scientists have mysteriously vanished. The CIA and KGB are frantically searching for answers. Under the shadow of the world's largest telescope, tailed by agents, and with a lovely lady scientist's life in peril. Ashton Ford takes on the most baffling case of his life. One that will offer him glimpses into the world that not even he has ever seen..............

Printing History
Written by Don Pendleton (1927-1995)

Warner Books, Inc
Popular Library
ISBN 445 20252 (USA)
August 1986
ISBN 445 20253 (Canada)
August 1986

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ace In The Hole by Gene Curry

Saddler #6
Jim joins Butch Cassidy and a camp full of hot women for good times in the badlands!

A hell of a hole in the wall!
Jim Saddler was down on his last buck in a cat-house in Jackson Hole when the infamous Butch Cassidy and his boys stormed in. The outlaws, looking for a reliable gun, pressed Saddler into joining up. Jim was in no position to refuse, especially when Cassidy took him along to the gang's impregnable Hole in the Wall hideout. Once there, Saddler found the good side of an awkward situation. The presence of more than a few unattached women eager for attention. But things go too hot too fast. When he wasn't robbing trains, Saddler had to service his share of outlaw women, including Cassidy's girl, the beautiful Etta Place. Then there was "Mad Dog" Harry Tracy who forced a showdown with Butch for control of the gang. With Jim and his women caught right in the line of fire!

Printing History
Written by Peter McCurtin (1929-1997)

Tower Publications, Inc
Tower Books
ISBN 505 51660

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Killing Ground by David Hagberg

Agent N3 is marked for murder by a top KGB killer!

George Gross Cover
Killmaster #209
Colonel Arkadi Ganin. A man of many identities and one motive. Kill Nick Carter "Killmaster N3". Ganin had been on a lot of assignments in his distinguished career, but none compared to this one. It was the sort of thing he liked most. This time there would be on flabby, unaware politician to kill; no military leader, no general, no diplomat. This time he was going after a much more interesting target. A target that would fight back. Ganin was ready for it. Nick Carter, one on one, to the death........

Print History
Written by David Hagberg

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 57280
January 1986

A reoccurring villain makes an appearance.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas

Three book titles for your enjoyment.

A Corpse For Xmas
By Carter Brown

Horwitz Edition
A Corpse For Christmas
By Carter Brown

US First Edition

US 2nd Edition

UK Edition
A Body For Christmas 
By Richard Reinsmith

The Christmas Kill
By Joseph L Gilmore

All titles were previously posted in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Up Your Ante by Glen Chase

The World's Sexiest Crime Fighter Has A New Secret Weapon
Her Bazooka! 
And There Just Ain't No Bazooka Like Cherry's Bazooka

Second Edition
 Scotland Yard asked Uncle Sam for help.
Uncle Sam sent his best agent
Cherry Delight

First Edition
The international crime market was trying to take over London's billion dollar legal gambling casinos. The local cops, even Scotland Yard,  were no match for ruthless bad guys, so they sent for Cherry Delight, the beautiful beat 'em up crime fighter. The odds were stacked against her, but then Cherry is superbly stacked herself. And she got the job done with the help of a load of dynamite and a marked deck.

Australian Edition
N.Y.M.P.H.O (New York Mafia Prosecution and Harassment Organization) is the secret organization dedicated to the wiping out of crime in general and the Mafia in particular. Its most effective executioner is a gorgeous red headed sexpot named Cherry Delight. Cherry is a crackshot and has a black belt in judo. But her most effective weapon is sex. If she can't lick the enemy one way, she'll lick them another way.

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

Cherry Delight #4
Nordon Publications, Inc
Leisure Books
LB119ZK (1973)
LB407ZK (1976)

Horwitz Publications Inc
Scripts Publications
Adults Only Series #126 (1974)
ISBN 7252 0316
Printed by Peninsula Press
Hong Kong

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Riviera Contract by Marvin Albert

A South American death squad is loose in the south of France
And Pete Sawyer stands between them and their prey

She Can Run, But She Can't Hide
Beautiful, feisty Sandrine Tally is a very exclusive and much sought after escort on the French Riviera. But with an unsavory group of international thugs after her, she vanishes. Leaving behind a bullet ridden corpse in her apartment. That's when her best friend asks Pete Sawyer to do the nearly impossible. Bring Sandrine back alive. It's an assignment that will call for even more dirty work than legwork. A deposed South American dictator planning a comeback coup, the ruthless agents of the junta that toppled him, and the French FBI all have a stake in finding the terrified Sandrine. Caught in the middle, Pete is not about to take sides. But the men he's tangling with want blood, and Pete may just live to regret taking them on. If he lives at all............

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

copyright 1992 by Marvin Albert

Ballantine Books
Fawcett Gold Medal Books
ISBN 449 14625
January 1993

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Season 3 Volume 1

Dive To Fantastic Depths And Explore A Hidden Realm

As the SSRN Seaview's ongoing mission continues, her crew boldly defends the free world from the enemies of mankind, battling sinister foreign powers, deadly sea creatures, deranged scientist bent on world domination, and the imminent threat of nuclear doomsday. The brainchild of producer/writer/director Irwin Allen, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was years ahead of its time, reflecting the key social and political issues of its day, and captivating audiences with its unique hybrid of science fiction spectacle and espionage thriller. Step aboard a futuristic atomic submarine, and see what danger lurks just below the surface in this innovative and exciting TV classic!

Features Episodes 59 thru 71 airing from September 18th 1966 to December 11th 1966

Richard Baseheart
David Hedison

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wheeler, Dealer! by Carter Brown

Double-Dealing With Death!

Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler was looking for a hot tip when he knocked on the private detective's office door. Instead he got a load of burning lead, two cold corpses, and a deliciously undressed dame with an invaluable steno pad in her hand. Since he couldn't get much out of the stiffs, he had to take the doll's cryptic letter and run with the clues. And what a wild gun chase Al led! From voluptuous beauties to business tycoons Wheeler sped, dodging madly between beds and bullets, while making it his business to find out the name of the game everyone was playing. And the word he finally came up with was blackmail. And a bombshell of a scandal big enough to blow Pine City off the map.....

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

copyright Horwitz Publications 

New American Library
Signet Books
in association with Horwitz Publications
ISBN 451 Y6646
August 1975

This title is one of several that were not published in Australia

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lay Me Odds (Australian Edition) by Rod Gray

Sex is her deadliest weapon
She doesn't care whether she uses her body to love her enemy to death,
or a bullet.

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

Horwitz Publications Inc
Scripts Publications
Adults Only Series #114
ISBN 7252 0301

Printed in Hong Kong by Peninsula Press LTD

The original post can be read here from late April 2012
Lay Me Odds

Monday, December 17, 2012

Killer's Choice by Stuart Brock

If the dead man arranges his own murder
Who is the real killer?

Pick a body...any body......
Any body at all, Norden. Pick old-man Decker who hired him to rig his own murder. Or Linda, the mint-lush baby with the horizontal husband. Or maybe he would like Alene of the lurid dreams. Choose well, for your own salvation! The web draws tight, a web of no lousy private peep can hope to escape. A ten million dollar corpse, a million dollar baby, or a gal who gives it away. Pick one, Norden, just remember, it's...............

Killer's Choice

Printing History
Written by Louis Trimble (1917-1988)

Priory Books
No Date
Produce in Israel

Originally published by 
Graphic Publishing Company, Inc

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Target Red Star by Jack Canon

Agent N3 kills a terrorist kingpin.
And plunges into the hands of the KGB!
George Gross Cover

Killmaster #208
A ruthless arms dealer. A routine assassination. A tape-recorded legacy. Suddenly the death of Hamir Aflaq was far from insignificant. For one of the men who had been fooled enough to get in the way for Nick Carter's AK-47 was a kingpin in the newly formed terrorist group, the People's Party For Peace. And the last words he spoke told of a plot by the KGB to kidnap two senior British officials. And destroy the free world's entire espionage network....

Print History
Written by Jack Canon

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 79822
January 1986

Friday, December 14, 2012

Murder Most Mellow by Jaqueline Girdner

A Hot Tub Murder
A Cold-Blooded Killer....

A Kate Jasper Mystery

Kate Jasper is doing some soul-searching after a messy homicide case involving her "ex" and a breakup with her boyfriend over the "M" word. In this case, that's marriage, not murder. She decides to tap into some positive energy by hosting a support group. Where? In her hot tub of course. 

It's a move that puts her neck-deep in trouble.

One of her California consciousness, create your own reality pals turns up mellowed out and murdered in her jacuzzi. And when Kate tries some New Age sleuthing by tracking down the killer with a psychic, the message comes through crystal clear. Butt out or die.

Printing History
Written by Jaqueline Girdner

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Communications, Inc
Diamond Books
June 1992
2nd printing

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Breach of Duty by J.A. Jance

A J.P. Beaumont Mystery

The Seattle that J.P. Beaumont knew as a young policeman is disappearing. The city is awash in the aromas emanating from the glut of coffee bars, the neighborhood outside his condo building has sprouted gallery upon gallery, and even his long cherished diner has evolved into a trendy eatery for local hipsters. But the glam is strictly surface, for the grit under the city's fingernails is caked with blood. J.P. and his partner Sue Danielson, a struggling single parent, are assigned the murder of an elderly woman torched to death in her bed. As their investigation proceeds, Beau and Sue become embroiled in a perilous series of events that will leave them and their case shattered, and for Beau nothing will ever be the same again.

Printing History
Written by Judith Ann Jance

Avon Books, Inc
ISBN 380 71843
Hardback Edition February 1999
Paperback Edition November 1999

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Selvaggia Salome' by Carter Brown

Italian Edition of The Savage Salome

Printing History
Editoriale Ellisse
I Gialli Classici
No Date
Milano Italy

Read the original post here from January 2011
Murder Is My Mistress

And from Feburary 2012
Long Story Magazine No 20

The Savage Salome was revised from Murder Is My Mistress

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Revengers by Donald Hamilton

A trip down memory lane explodes into a nerve-shattering odyssey for Matt Helm

Mean But Honest, Tough But Fair

It began with a funeral for an old friend that sparked romantic memories Matt Helm wanted to forget. Especially since they involved a woman he thought was out of his life forever. But when one old flame led to another and a lot of them were getting snuffed, it was hard to stay cool.  Suddenly Matt was hot on a trail that seemed to go nowhere, except back to his past. A past he thought had been buried in Mexico along with a small-time hood and a dirty drug deal. A past filled with women who were now leading him into the ultimate compromising position.

Printing History
Written by Donald Hamilton (1916-2006)


Random House, Inc
Ballantine Books
Fawcett Gold Medal Books
November 1982
ISBN 449 14487

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Tarlov Cipher by Jack Canon

A deadly secret tattooed on a beautiful woman's body!

George Gross Cover
Killmaster #207
The secret that blow the Iron Curtain wide open was almost in Nick Carter's hand. Almost. But not quite. It was a jigsaw puzzle. The secret knowledge Alexander Tarlov had defected with was all in code and the key to the cipher was tattooed on the body of a lovely but mysterious woman. Nick was desperately trying to find her. So was the KGB.

Print History
Written by Jack Canon

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 79831
December 1985

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bella Donna Was Poison (Revised) by Carter Brown

Rock Stone set the scene for a TV murder play, 
but his beautiful corpse turned out to be real

Inspector Rock Stone is the hero of a weekly TV show where he puts the cuffs on the murderer in the last 30 seconds, and that is guaranteed by the sponsor. Then some slob has to make with an unsponsored murder right in the middle of the display window plugging the show. And the real inspector, who does not like the TV, puts Rock Stone in a neat frame where a hole in the head will complete the picture. There were lots of beautiful dolls mixed up in it. There was Hannah Vogue, the vague vagrant, for example. And frankly, she was no example. There was Arline, Rock's very own producer. who was female and one could see that when you get near to her, near sighted or not. Stone would have loved them all, if he had the time. Did he mention Messenger John, the guy with a message which was usually wrapped in hot lead or cold steel?

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered Series #39 (May 1957)
Reprint By Demand Series #10 (August 1959)

The original post from November 2010

Monday, December 3, 2012

Thrills Incorporated No 19

Operation Space-Freeze


Operation Space-Freeze
Written by Wolfe Herscholt
The old man was really out of this world, and inviting them to join him!
Lifeline On Luna
Written by N.K. Heming
(Norma Kathleen Hemming 1928-1960)
It was the supremely cruel gesture to throw a life-line to a space castaway that you knew would never reach him.

Levitation Unlimited
Written by Mike Jersey
What did it matter if he didn't know how he did it, Johnny just jumped into the air and flew.

Published by 
Seabourn Printing and Trading Company
for Transport Publishing Co, Pty Ltd
February 1952

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Somebody To Kill by Richard Reinsmith

He has to protect her from two kinds of death
Murder and suicide!

Ray Martin is set to enjoy a well deserved vacation when he suddenly finds himself back on the job, hired to protect a suicidal ex-massage parlor hostess caught up in the world of high finance, where both stocks and sex are sold over the counter. But too much love for the wrong man has put her out of a job. Now she feels she has nothing to live for. And Ray discovers that somebody with a gun could not  agree more.

Printing History
written Richard Reinsmith

copyright 1983
Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc
Leisure Books
ISBN 8439 2072
January 1984

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Execution Exchange by Gayle Lynds

Agent N3 battles against kamikaze assassins!

George Gross Cover
Killmaster #206
What do a Mafia hit man and a former Green Beret turned mercenary have in common?

They're both double agents for an unknown terrorist group killing off high government officials, and now they're dead!

Nick Carter's assignment: Find the next agent before he completes another execution.
It's not going to break Nick's heart when he finds out that the double agent is his friend's widow...

Print History
Written by Gayle Lynds

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 21877
November 1985