Friday, January 31, 2014

Vengeance Is His by Wade Barker

Ninja Master #1

Follow the life of Brett Wallace as he becomes a victim in a horrendously horrible crime that takes the life of his parents and his new bride, and follows him into the murky and mysterious world of the Ninja. Brett spends nine years training in Japan with the top Ninja Masters in the world and eventually becomes one of their numbers, when he is unofficially recognized as one of the top five Ninja in the world. Brett traveling to Los Angeles in order to stop a rash of crime against a particular neighborhood that is primarily populated with elderly people and being target by a vicious street gang called the Wilshire Rangers, which are being led by two ex-convicts.

Printing History
Written by Ric Meyer (1953- )

Warner Books, Inc
ISBN 446 30032
November 1981

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Wild Wild West (Season One)

40th Collector's Edition

Two Secret Services agents, 
equipped with a wide array of gizmos, 
work for the government in the Old West. 

Relive the heroic adventures of 1870s Secret Service agents in one of TV's most popular and imaginative series. The Wild Wild West takes one on the most dangerous, top-secret assignments, given to TV's first 007 of the frontier. Fight along the ever resourceful ladies' man, Federal Agent James West and hos colorful sidekick Artemus Gordon. Crisscross the country in a high tech railroad car, executing impossible missions assigned to them directly from President Grant.

Robert Conrad (1935- ) as James West
Ross Martin (1920-1981) as Artemus Gordon

Created by 
Michael Garrison (1922-1966)

Episodes aired 9/17/1965 to 4/22/1966

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Today In History (January 29, 2014)

Today in History

Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven was published

Kansas became the 34th state.

Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson were the first players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Robert Frost died

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, 
a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. 

Spade and Archer is the name of a San Francisco detective agency. Sam Spade and Miles Archer and they are partners, but Sam doesn't like Miles that much. A knockout, who goes by the name of Miss Wanderly, walks into their office; and by that night everything's changed. Miles is dead and so is a man named Floyd Thursby. It seems that Miss Wanderly is surrounded by some dangerous men.

Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade
Mary Astor as Brigid O'Shaughnessy
Gladys George as Iva Archer
Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo
Barton MacLane as Lt. of Detectives Dundy
Lee Patrick as Effie Perine
Sydney Greenstreet as Kasper Gutman
Ward Bond as Detective Tom Polhaus
Jerome Cowan as Miles Archer

 Directed by
John Huston

Store by 
Dashiell Hammett

Nominated for three Academy Awards

This was the third film version. The other versions are as follows:
1st (1931) starred Ricardo Cortez as Sam Spade and Bebe Daniels as Brigid O'Shaughnessy
2nd (1936) titled Satan Met a Lady (1936), starred Warren William and Bette Davis.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Lethal In Love (Revised) by Carter Brown

Murder was a fine art with the blonde a perfect model......

  Martin Stevens and his director have a slight problem. They are in Cannes to publicize their latest movie Desire Burns Brightly. Their star, Sheilah Jones, will not play ball. So they go off and find another another lady by the name of Liz Peters. The story goes that Liz will dye her hair to look like Sheilah to pose for the publicity photos. Sheilah is sent off to a peaceful chateau a hundred miles away. Soon a Hollywood gossip writer shows up by the name of Carol Verne and she knows Martin. She is in Cannes to do a feature article for Film Digest. She wants to do a bikini shot of Sheilah. The plot thickens when Martin and his boss, the director, bring in a racketeer by the name of Frankie Cyrano. Frankie is to make sure Sheilah stays at the chateau, in other words she is kidnapped. To make a long story short, the stunts works perfectly up until the murder. They had not bargained for a murder. The movie will get the publicity, but will Martin live to enjoy it?
 Photo by Rita Moreno
      Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

Numbered Series  #35 1956
Reprint By Demand #17 1960

as Tahti katoaa kuvasta
Finland 1969

This title is not be confused with the following title of the same name

Novel Series 1953

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Spykiller by Jack Canon

Agent N3 Against The Kremlin's Mad-Dog Assassin!
George Gross Cover
 Killmaster #238
A master thief cracks a safe in a Spanish villa and finds a prize beyond his wildest dreams. The secret blueprint of American intelligence operations in the Mediterranean. It's a treasure the spymaster of the Kremlin would risk everything to possess. soon gangsters, assassins, ad beautiful women are caught in a deadly manhunt that weaves a violent and bloody path from Rome to Madrid. From the back alley slums to the pleasure palaces of the mega rich, the body count mounts when the Kremlin unleashes maniacal executioner Tony Lucchi. But somebody is talking Lucchi, Nick Carter AXE's top agent. And it's only a matter of time before Nick faces the savage KGB assassin in a brutal fight to the finish.

Printing History
Written by Jack Canon

Berkley Publishing Group
Jove Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 515 09584
June 1988

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Passenger by Patrick A. Davis

Colonel John Quinn was a young, ambitious Air Force pilot who loved to fly - until an Iraqi missile nearly ended his career, and his life. Three surgeries and four years later, Quinn is functional, but not good enough to fly. Assigned to the Pentagon, he's prepared to spend the rest of his career in a series of boring staff jobs. Then a military Lear jet crashes shortly after takeoff in the rural farmlands outside Washington, and Quinn is called to lead the biggest investigation of his life. With this crash there are no survivors - a fact that is particularly sensitive in the White House, as the jet carried just one passenger; the President's brother. The crash scene offers little in the way of clues, and while the White House is pushing pilot error as the cause of the accident, Quinn is uncertain. Too many Washington insiders, including Quinn's former wife, a Ph.D. with the National Transportation Safety Board, seem to have a stake in the outcome of the investigation. Too many dodge the hard questions, or turn up dead.

 Printing History
Written by Patrick A Davis 

copyright 1999

August 1999
ISBN 399-14491

Berkley Books
December 2000

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Rainy City by Earl Emerson

Finalist 1986 Shamus Award for Best Paperback.

When a pretty woman disappears, detective Thomas Black gets soaked in sex and scandal, with cold murder in the forecast.

Thomas Black is a bicycle riding, Seattle ex-cop who does investigating for lawyer Kathy Birchfield.
Kathy Birchfield urges Thomas to find a Melissa Nadisky. As he investigates, people who have information show up dead. Thomas' dog is killed and in the course of his house being burgled, Kathy is attacked. Melissa's husband is a hapless poet and her daughter has been abducted by her father. Someone doesn't want Thomas to succeed.

Printing History
Written by Earl W. Emerson (1948 -)

Avon Books
January 1985
ISBN 380-89517

Ballantine Books
 ISBN 345-41405
June 1997
5th printing

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Ghost War by Mack Maloney

He Is The Last Hope Of A Ravaged America!

The Spirit Of Freedom
The chilling nightmare of nuclear holocaust has reduced the U.S. to a war blackened wasteland of radioactive rubble. But from the ashes of a once great land, a fearless, top gun fighter pilot has risen to take to the skies. He is Hawk Hunter, known to the enemies of freedom as "Wingman", and he has sworn to restore America to her former glory, at the risk of his own liberty and life! The diabolical forces of the Asian Mercenary Cult have been defeated. For the first time in years, America is free of foreign tyranny. But the threat is not over. The tattered remains of the evil army have now sailed west and turned their guns towards the vulnerable people of Southeast Asia, were liberty and democracy are still struggling to survive. Answering a distress call from a country about to be crushed under the heels of an oppression worse than long gone Communism Hawk Hunter and his allies amass the First American Expeditionary Air Fleet and fly half away around the world to fight a fierce battle to the death. And to strike one final, bloody blow for a forgotten dream called freedom!

Wingman #11

Printing History
written by Brian Kelleher
copyright 1993

Kensington Publishing Corp
Zebra Books
ISBN 8217 3773
July 1993

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Liquidator by John Gardner

Hand-picked for his talents by Mostyn, the suave, sadistic Second-in-Command of British Special Security, Boysie Oakes's job is to quietly murder potential Top Secret security risks. But is Boysie the right man for the job? On the surface, he has all the right qualifications. And yet, behind that smooth surface, there are some strange discrepancies. Things begin to go wrong for Boysie when he takes Mostyn's secretary to the Cote d'Azur for a naughty weekend. What starts as a few days of seduction in the Mediterranean sun turns into a nightmare for Boysie as he becomes more and more embroiled in Operation Coronet.

Printing History
Written by John Gardner (1926-2007)

Copyright 1964

The Film

MGM Presents

Rod Taylor
Trevor Howard 
Jill St John

Directed by
Jack Cardiff

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Strip Without Tease by Carter Brown

Her Ritzy Paris Clothes Told An Exclusive Story
They Came Back As Ransom Notes

Cover By Bernard Blackburn
Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

Transport Publishing Company
for and on behalf of Horwitz Publications, Inc
Novel Series

as Stripper, You've Sinned

Debra Paget Cover
Numbered Series #36

Moira Bertram Cover
 First Collectors' Series
Volume 1 No 28
w/Alias a Lady

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Like A Hole in The Head by James Hadley Chase

He had nine days to turn a gun shy boy into an expert killer. Or else........

Jay Benson had been one of the U.S. Army's top snipers. In Vietnam he'd killed eighty-two Vietcong. But making the School of Shooting he'd taken over outside Paradise City pay was a tougher proposition than the Vietnamese jungle. So when the sinister Augusto Savanto turned up with an offer of fifty thousand dollars if Jay turned his gun shy son into an expert shot in just nine days, he accepted. Then he discovered the horrific reason why Savanto wanted his son made into a marksman. But there was no backing out now for Jay. Savanto was holding his beautiful young wife Lucy as a hostage for his cooperation.
Printing History
Written by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond (1906-1985)

copyright 1970
International Authors N.V.

Robert Hale 1970

Granada Publishing Limited
Panther Books Ltd 1972
ISBN 58603781
Reprinted 1974, 1975, 1976

Friday, January 17, 2014

Lethal Prey by Jack Garside

Agent N3 Blasts Through A Maze Of Royal Murder 
And Diplomatic Double Cross
George Gross Cover
  Killmaster #237
Heirs to the Saudi throne are being killed, each murder more savage than the last. Secretly the king pleads for help. The American response: Nick Carter N3. But deep cover turns to hell in an Arab underground as the mission goes horribly wrong. Soon Nick Carter is the most wanted man in the Arab empire, racing against time to stop a bloodbath.

Printing History
Written by Jack Garside

Berkley Publishing Group
Jove Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 515 09547
May 1988

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Weird War Tales Volume 3 #13

The Mystery And Madness Of......

Printing History
 National Periodical Publications, Inc
Volume 3 No 13
April 1973

 The Die-Hards
Story by Jack Oleck

Old Samurai Never Die
Story by Joe Orlando

Losers' Luck
Story by George Kashdan

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky

V.I. Warshawki Mystery

V.I. Warshawki is employed by a man who calls himself John Thayer to find his son's girlfriend, Anita Hill. However, as she begins her search, she. almost immediately comes across Peter Thayer, John's son, dead. Her investigation takes a definite turn as she discovers ulterior motives for Anita's whereabouts to be found. During her search, V.I. also discovers that the man who claims to be John Thayer turns out to be Andrew McGraw, the father of Anita Hill and a big labor union leader. It is revealed that Anita Hill herself does not exist, that her real name is Anita McGraw, and she had reasons for running after Peter's murder that lead into a case much bigger than murder. It is quickly know that V.I. knows too much as she takes a beating from gang member Earl Smeissen early on. While she attempts to figure out who murdered Peter, she comes across many different roadblocks. Including that in the same week, the real John Thayer is also killed, which turns her on to scams and connections in between the Knifegrinders labor union, the Ajax Insurance Company, and the Fort Dearborn Trust. Turns out that one of Earl's henchmen was identified at the scene of the crime by a witness. V.I.'s in a desperate race against time. At stake: a young woman's life.

  Printing History
Written by Sara Paretsky (June 1947- ) 
Dial Press, New York, 1982
ISBN 440 21069

What does V.I. stand for?
Victoria Iphigenia

Monday, January 13, 2014

2014 USA Fiction Challange: Connecticut

The next stop in the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge is the state of Connecticut

Deadly Advice
by Roberta Islieb

As a clinical psychologist and author of an online advice column, Dr. Rebecca Butterman is supposed to help people resolve their internal conflicts, not stir up her own. But when trouble strikes very close to home, Rebecca's investigative instincts make it hard for her to maintain appropriate boundaries.....

After her young next-door neighbor, Madeline, is found dead from an apparent suicide, Rebecca can't believe that she, missed the signs. After all she is a trained professional. But not everything is adding up. First Madeline's mother insists the suicide note wasn't written by her daughter. Rebecca puts that down to denial, until she finds Madeline's blog. A zippy chronicle of dating adventures that suggests anything but depression. When Rebecca's editor assigns her to do a column on the modern singles scene, Rebecca finds herself retracing the Madeline's steps into the dating world, looking for clues to the mystery of the young woman's death. Over-eager suitors are the least of her Dr Butterman is about to discover just how deadly some advice can be.........

 Printing History
written by Lucy Burdette

Penguin Group (USA) Inc
Berkley Publishing Group
Berkley Prime Crime Book
March 2007
ISBN 425 21474

Sunday, January 12, 2014

War Of The Sun by Mack Maloney

He Is The Last Hope Of A Ravaged America!

Freedom's Sword
One half of the battle to free the American continent is over. Led by America's fearless warrior of the skies, top-gun jet fighter pilot Hawk Hunter, the United Americans have expelled the brutal neo-Nazi armies from the lands east of the Rockies. But the was blackened West Coast remains in the clutches of inhuman Asian warlords who have promised total destruction of all who keep the dream of freedom burning in their hearts. And the countdown to nuclear doomsday has begun. Racing against time, Hawk Hunter and his allies take to the seas in a newly acquired nuclear powered aircraft carrier whit a bold plan that combines ingenuity and surprise with almost certain death. Recreating the most perilous flying mission of World War II, General Jimmy Doolittle's daring bombing raid over Tokyo. The forces of freedom will make one last desperate strike at the impenetrable heart of the evil Asian empire.. Flying straight into the hands of the very people who most want Hawk Hunter dead, the mission's success will pave the way for an American reunited once more. Its failure, the enslavement of a once proud nation for another hundred years!

Wingman #10

Printing History
written by Brian Kelleher
copyright 1992

Kensington Publishing Corp
Zebra Books
ISBN 8217 3773
June 1992

Saturday, January 11, 2014

An Ace Up My Sleeve by James Hadley Chase

An Ace Up My Sleeve

This is a story of blackmail. It is a story of three people, all out for one thing. All determined to do anything to get it. It is a story of bluff and counter-bluff, a game which develops into a deadly battle of violence and extortion. From the moment Helga Rolfe, the elegant wife of one of the richest of tycoons, picks up a gum chewing boy, young enough to be her son, events jump, bank and skid through a series of 180 degree turns and hair raising gambits, racing to a climax of shattering impact for both winners and losers......

Printing History
Written by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond (1906-1985)

copyright 1971
International Authors N.V.

Robert Hale 1971
Robert Hale reprint 1971

Transworld Publishers Ltd
Corgi 1973
ISBN 552 09424

Friday, January 10, 2014

Meet A Body by Carter Brown

"I was coming through the 'rye' when she says........"

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

Transport Publishing Company
for and on behalf of Horwitz Publications, Inc
Novelette Series
as Carter Brown "Lovely" Mystery

First Collectors' Series #7
w/The Lady Wore Nylons & Rope For A Redhead

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Weird War Tales Volume 3 #10

10th Great Issue Of.....

Printing History

National Periodical Publications, Inc
Volume 3 No 10
January 1973

Who Is Haunting the Haunted Chateau
Story by Sheldon Mayer

The Room That Remembered
Story by Raymond Marais

Cyrano's Army
Story by Len Wein

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Weapon of Night (Revised) by Valerie Moolman

N-3 Joins Forces With Three Foreign Agents To Save America From Annihilation

George Gross Cover

The Night Crawlers
The eight state blackout of November 1965 had provided a neat scenario for nasty minds. A nation that was totally electrified could be rendered totally helpless. A mere inconvenience could be intensified into a weapon....the weapon of night.

Beverley Le Barrow Cover

Now was the time for more blackouts, the flashing lights in the sky, the clouds of stinging fog, the public bewilderment rising to mass hysteria. While the destroyers crept from their holes and total annihilation of the people drew nearer and nearer......

Beverly Le Barrow Cover

Against this crawling espionage the man from AXE joined the three foreign agents to form a quartet of spies one will never forget. They were the only force between the American people and complete destruction.

 Printing History
Written by Valerie Moolman

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Award Books
 Produced by Lyle Kenyon Engel
  (A 215F ) 1967
 (A 385X) 1968
 (A 641X) 1970
 (AN 1094) 1972, 1974
Grenada Publishing Limited
 Mayflower Books
 ISBN 583 11327
1968, 1970, 1970, 1974

Charter Communications Inc
Charter Books
ISBN 441 87635
August 1979

Two other posts about this same title. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Death Turns A Trick by Julie Smith

Rebecca Schwartz Mystery

  Rebecca Schwartz is a fairly normal Jewish feminist lawyer in San Francisco. But when she almost gets busted for playing piano in a bordello, and Kandi, a part-time student-prostitute is killed in her home, and then the killer stalks Rebecca, it's time to take action--which is just what she does....

 Printing History
Written by Julienne Drew Smith (1944-)

Walker & Co (November 1982) 
ISBN 802 75482

Pinnacle Books (1985) 
ISBN 523 42553
Ivy Books (February 1992)
ISBN 804 10856

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Bloodrun by Robert Kalish

Skipper Gould #1

Murder brought Skipper Gould to Bangkok.
Revenge brought him into a brutal game of international intrigue. 

Skipper Gould is a reporter for a small newspaper. For several years in the early to mid-60's, just out of college, Gould joined the Navy with the single minded intent to become a trained SEAL, becoming so just a few years after the formation of that elite force. He was one of the first to be stationed in Southeast Asia as America began its ramp-up of military action there. Gould and his fellow special forces sailors were attached to the ARVN, doing superbly any mission that came his way. Many of these missions were sponsored by and done with the CIA and usually meant hunting down and killing targets deep in the lush jungles. Then a face-to-face with an old man whose eyes just stared at him as Gould killed him changed that. He swore that he would never take another life and he quit. 

       Fifteen years later, having worked as a reporter for several news organization which included a long stint back in Thailand, Gould has managed to keep that promise. Now living in Maine and running a small weekly newspaper, happily married with a young daughter, he is quite content to keep things as they are. But life sometimes doesn't let you and he is drawn back into his old life.
News of his brother's death in Thailand hits Skipper Gould hard. The man had been an etymologist working for the U.N. So Gould is surprised upon arriving there to be in the middle of trouble involving the CIA, KGB, and big oil. All over mosquitoes.

Printing History
Written by Robert Kalish 

Avon Books
ISBN 380 88021

Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Threateners by Donald Hamilton

An old flame.
A simple favor.
It's a mix that might get Matt Helm killed...

Double Threat
A ruthless South American drug lord has a plan to bring the united States to its knees. A group of renegade American agents has plans to smash the kingpin and his cartel, by any means necessary. Caught in the middle, Matt Helm's got to do double duty to stop them both. He's protecting a woman with information both sides would kill for and trying to keep himself alive while he's doing it. With his own government turned against him, Matt doesn't know whom he can trust. And when the cocaine cowboys ans the killer G-men start closing in, Matt knows he's bound to catch hell no matter which way he turns.

Printing History
Written by Donald Hamilton (1916-2006)


Random House, Inc
Ballantine Books
Fawcett Gold Medal Books

ISBN 449 14681

September 1992

Friday, January 3, 2014

2014 USA Fiction Challange: Colorado

The beautiful state of Colorado is the next entry in the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge.

Buried By The Roan

by Mark Stevens

The setting: Colorado Flat Tops Wilderness west of Roan Colorado.

When Allison Coil sets up camp before going to join the hunters she's guiding, she hears a branch snap in a supposedly empty field. She checks it out and finds a Colorado Rockies baseball cap sitting all alone. Later, one of her hunters goes missing and ends up dead, apparently after a drunken night out and the resulting hypothermia. Of course, there's more to it than that. Then there are two neighbors feud over property and natural gas, and some of her campers are getting really sick from the water. She gets help from a man named Devo, a survivalist who lives off the land and believes everyone should devolve and get back to their roots, and things are off and running.

Printing History
Written by Mark Stevens

People's Press (August 2011)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Lotus For Miss Quon by James Hadley Chase

A Lotus For Miss Quon

By James Hadley Chase

He found the diamonds by accident. Just one little tap and the wall had split open, revealing a million dollars worth of glittering gems. Gems which Steve Jaffe had no intention of giving up. So when his houseboy threatened to run and tell the police, Jaffe had no alternative but to stop him. And that's when the second accident occurred, the accident of murder. Jaffe had to get out of Saigon, quick. And the only person who could help him was Nhan Lee Quon. beautiful, trusting Nhan, the woman he'd used before, but never so cruelly or so selfishly............

Printing History
Written by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond (1906-1985)

copyright 1960 and 1961

Robert Hale 1960
Corgi 1975
ISBN 552 09743

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Deathstrike by Jack Garside

A Master Of Terror Has Lit The Fuse On Middle East Mayhem!

George Gross Cover
Killmaster #236
The bloody trail of El Adwan, the Middle East's most savage assassin, leads straight to one of the west's richest men. As the body count soars, Nick Carter unravels the billionaire's twisted plan to save his faltering empire. It's a shocking scheme that, in the hands of El Adwan, could spell disaster for the international oil market. Now Nick must silence the desert assassin forever..or the world will pay the price!

Printing History
Written by Jack Garside

Berkley Publishing Group
Jove Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 515 09519
April 1988