Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2014 USA Fiction Challange: Georgia

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

Miss Dimple Disappears
Written by Mignon F. Ballard (1934-)

The year is 1942, almost a year since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor , the residents of the small town of Elderberry, Georgia, have been rattled down to their worn, rationed shoes. For young teacher Charlie Carr, life and love aren’t going exactly as planned her head dictates loyalty to the handsome corpsman, Hugh But whenever she thinks of her best friend’s beau, Will, her heart does the Jersey Bounce. Charlie is doubly troubled by the disappearance of beloved schoolmistress Miss Dimple Kilpatrick one frosty November morning just before Thanksgiving. Miss Dimple had taught the town’s first graders including Charlie, for almost forty years, would never just skip town in the middle of a school year Charlie and her best friend, Annie, are determined to prove it.

Printing History

Minotaur Books
November 2010
ISBN 312 61474

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Curtains For A Chorine by Carter Brown

Al Burlington dealt in gags
But the stripper's corpse was real.....

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Novel Series  1955
Second Collectors' Series Volume 1 No 3
w/Homicide Hoyden July 1957
Reprint By Demand Series #31 November 1960

Bonus Covers

Volume 1 No 3

Gallimard Edition
Carre Noir #191

Monday, April 28, 2014

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

 Ender's Game

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games at Battle School. He is in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. Ender is the result of decades of genetic experimentation, Earth's attempt to make military genius that the planet needs in its all out war with an alien enemy. Is Ender the general Earth needs? The only way to find out is to throw the child into very harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins He will grow up fast. but Ender is no the only result of the experiment. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long Ender's tow older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie to abilities to remake the world If, that is, the world survives.

Printing History
Written by Orson Scott Card (1951-)

Short Story
Analog Magazine
August 1977

Tor Books
January 1985, August 1991, September 1992

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Damagers by Donald Hamilton

This yacht's a magnet for murder
and it needs a skipper......
Calling Matt Helm

Cruising For a Killing
Take a gorgeous companion for a leisurely sail on a beautiful yacht. Sounds like easy duty for Matt Helm. Except that the last three captains of the yacht dies under mysterious circumstances The next time sharks circle the boat. Matt had better be ready, if he wants to stay alive. It's an assignment that will have Matt tangling with a crew of dangerous women. An Arab terror squad. And an elite organization of death dealing specialists, led by a suave psychopath with very personal reasons for wishing Matt serious harm.....

Printing History
Written by Donald Hamilton (1916-2006)


Random House, Inc
Ballantine Books
Fawcett Gold Medal Books

ISBN 449 14847

November 1993

Matt Helm's final appearance. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Book Of Totally Useless Information by Don Voorhees

Over Two Hundred Explanations 
For the Not-So-Important Questions in Life

Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Anything

And Didn't Think To Ask

Why does orange juice taste funny after you brush your teeth?
why is a left handed pitcher known as a "southpaw"?
When did it first become offensive to extend the middle finger?
Why is a score in tennis of zero called "love'?
Why are diamonds measured in carats?
What makes stainless steel stainless?
Was there really ever a Mother Goose?

and, of course
Why is the sky blue?

Printing History
Written by Dan Voorhees

MJF Book
Fine Communications
ISBN 1 56731 266

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Blind Alley by Iris Johansen

Eve Duncan is asked to reconstruct the identity of a young Jane Doe, her face left unrecognizable. 
But who ever killed her wasn't just trying to hide her identity.

Her job is to put a face on the victims of violent crimes. But as forensic sculptor Eve Duncan works on the skull of a newly discovered victim, she's about to get the shock of her life. The murdered Jane Doe's face has been erased beyond recognition. But whoever killed her wasn't trying to hide her identity. The plan is far more horrifying. For as Eve's skilled hands reveal the murdered girl's face, she recognizes someone she knows all too well. Someone who isn't dead. Yet. To stop this twisted psychopath, Eve must put her own life in the balance. But that's not the worst of it  when her adopted daughter Jane reveals a bizarre connection to the case, Eve can't stop her from joining the hunt for the killer. A hunt that will lead to a terrifying confrontation

Printing History
Written by Iris Johansen (1938-)

Bantam Dell
Random House Inc
 September 2004
ISBN 553-58650


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Death Orbit by Mack Maloney

He Is The Last Hope For Ravaged America!

 Death Sentance
Three young girls vanish from Cape Cod. Warships disappear without a trace. In a mountaintop monastery, a dying monk predicts the end of the world. And a terrified woman is consumed by a vision of a blazing comet destroying the Earth. But it's more than a vision, it's real, and the beginning of the end. Unless ace fighter pilot Hawk Hunter can find a way to save mankind from 143 miles away in space.  Asian Mercenary Cult battleships storm the seas. Fourth Reich squadrons fill the skies. And off the Florida coast nuclear warheads are in place, as the world's most powerful adversaries unite in one common goal. To stop the impending destruction of the planet. But to succeed, they need Hunter's help. With time running out, the lone warrior has only one recourse. To charge the comet head on in a desperate kamikaze mission to salvage a lost cause called Earth! 

 Wingman #13

Printing History
written by Brian Kelleher
copyright 1997

Kensington Publishing Corp
Pinnacle Books
ISBN 7860 357
January 1997

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

le glas pour rebecca by Carter Brown

French Edition 
Wreath For Rebecca

Cover by Walter Carone

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

Gallimard Edition
Carre Noir #192

You may read the original post below from October 2013

Sunday, April 20, 2014

2014 USA Fiction Challange: Florida

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

 Danger Key
Written by Lew Louderback


Arch enemy Mr Judas returns to settle an old score with Nick.
CLAW is back once again and backs Judas again.

Ralph Benson had made the mistake of contacting his agents openly. He had been on the job too long. And liquor and the loss of nerves had caused him to take some incredibly foolish changes. He had been fingered for execution by CLAW, the Chinese Communist secret organization that was smuggling its top agents into Florida under the cover of an influx of Cuban refugees. But Ralph was already dead. A fatal connection with a beautiful woman in a white convertible had taken care of that. Now Nick Carter had been ordered to replace Benson. And Nick would have to go on being a fumbling, bumbling, has been operative, too drunk, sodden and scared to be able to protect himself.

  Printing History
1st Award (A 183F) 1966
2nd Award (A 383X ) 1968
3rd Award (A 491X) 1969
4th Award (A 491X) 1970
5th Award (AN 1177) 1973
1st Tandem 1968
Reprint Tandem (426 7034 8) 1973

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Blast From The Past #7

Blast From The Past #7

The Sherlock Holmes Museum
221b Baker Street London NW1 6XE  England

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson lived at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The house is protected by the British Government due to its special architectural and historical interest. The 1st floor study overlooking Baker Street is still faithfully maintained for posterity as it was kept in Victorian Times. Open every day of the year (except Christmas Day).

Friday, April 18, 2014

Blast From The Past #6

Blast From The Past #6

Perry Mason TV Series

Perry Mason, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los Angeles defense attorney who originally appeared in detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner. Many episodes are based on stories written by Gardner, others are based on characters created by him. At one time, the show was television's most successful and longest-running lawyer series

Executive Producer Gail Patrick Jackson

Perry Mason: Defense attorney (Raymond Burr)
Della Street: Mason's confidential secretary (Barbara Hale)
Paul Drake: Private investigator (William Hopper)
Hamilton Burger: District Attorney (William Talman)
Lieutenant Arthur Tragg Police homicide detective (Ray Collins)
Lieutenant Andy Anderson: Police homicide detective (Wesley Lau)
Lieutenant Steve Drumm: Police homicide detective (Richard Anderson)
Dr. Hoxie: Medical examiner (Michael Fox)
Gertrude "Gertie" Glade: Mason's frequently mentioned receptionist (Connie Cezon)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blast From The Past #5

Blast From The Past #5

Dr. No (1962)
Directed by Terence Young

James Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of a fellow British agent. The trail leads him to the underground base of Dr. No, who is plotting to disrupt an early American manned space launch with a radio beam weapon

 Directed by Shaun Terence Young (1915-1994)
Produced by Harry Saltzman (1915-1994) and Albert R. Broccoli (1909-1996)

Sean Connery as James Bond
Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder
Joseph Wiseman as Dr. No
Jack Lord as Felix Leiter
Bernard Lee as M
Anthony Dawson as Professor R.J. Dent
Eunice Gayson as Sylvia Trench
Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
Peter Burton as Major Boothroyd

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blast From The Past #4

Blast From The Past #4

The Way Some People Die (1951)
by Ross Mcdonald

Mrs. Samuel Lawrence gives Lew Archer 50 dollars for one day of his time to find her daughter Galatea. Archer soon discovers she was married to a small-time mobster named Joe Tarantine. And shortly after that, a big-time mobster offers him five thousand to find Tarantine. The investigation quickly gains a body count and Lew is constantly drawn from Los Angeles, to Palm Springs, San Francisco, and back again, trying to tie together details that seem as random as they are violent.

Printing History
Written by Kenneth Millar (1915-1983)


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blast From The Past #3

Blast From The Past #3

The Roman Hat Mystery (1929)
by Ellery Queen

The poisoning of a disreputable lawyer named Monte Field in the Roman Theater in New York City during a performance of a play called "Gunplay!". Although the play is a sold-out hit, the corpse is discovered seated surrounded by empty seats. A number of suspects whose pasts had made them potentially susceptible to blackmail are in the theater at the time, some connected with the Roman Theater and some audience members. The case is investigated by Inspector Richard Queen of the Homicide Squad with the assistance of his son Ellery. The principal clue in the mystery is the disappearance of the victim's top hat, and it is suspected that the hat may have contained papers with which the victim was blackmailing the murderer.

Printing History
Written by Frederic Dannay (1905-1982) and Manfred Bennington Lee (1905–1971)

USA Edition
Frederick A. Stokes

UK Edition

copyright 1929 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Blast From The Past #2

Blast From The Past #2

The Blonde (1958)
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

The blonde play girl  knew too much and talked too much
So somebody decided to silence her...........permanently

Grant Roberts Cover

When a blonde Hollywood party girl who has been to one too wild brawl too many agrees to tell all on a candid TV show, somebody blows her up before she can name names coast to coast. This leaves  free wheeling California cop, Al Wheeler to pick up the pieces as he treads his way through a labyrinth of beauties in a hot and heady chase to catch the killer. 

Lee Manning, filmland Romeo, committed suicide after a Hollywood bash. Or did he? Georgia Brown, babbling blonde, could tell what really happened. But would she? Paula Reid, demon TV interviewer,m was going to spill the facts on her TV show. But could she? Before the story got a chance to sizzle the airwaves, a killer stepped in and stopped George Brown dead. So Pine City Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler plays a near fatal role in an underground production of murder.

Printing History

Horwitz Editions
Numbered Series #67 August 1958
International Edition #2 February1961
International Edition #58 May 1969
Horwitz Double #5a 1979

New American Library
Signet Books
#1565 November 1958
#1565 (Canada) December 1958
S1972 May 1961
D3297 1967
Signet Double (E8961) December 1979
Signet Double (Canada) 1979
Signet Double (AE1703) August 1982

Bonus Covers





Sunday, April 13, 2014

Blast From The Past #1

Blast From The Past #1

The Human Time Bomb (1969)
Written by William L Rhodes

Mr Judas Returns

Something strange was going on at the Reed-Farben chemical plant. Something that threatened the United States' entire defense system, something evil. No one outside knew what it was. And if they did, they would not talk. And if they talked, they did not live long. If AXE did not have answers soon, it would be too late. That is when Nick Carter moved in. On a mountain girl with the right connections, on a beautiful Germany scientist with highly classified secrets, on an impossible mission where violence and murder were standard operating procedure and the horrible resemblance between persons living and dead was everything buy coincidental. Nick is to match wits with his arch enemy, 

George Gross Cover
Printing History
Written by William L Rhodes

Award Edition
1st (A456X) July 1969
2nd (A456X) August 1970
3rd (AQ1474) July 1975
Charter (441-34909) August 1981

Tandem Edition
1st (4167) 1969
Reprint (5426) 1970
Reprint (7405) 1971, December 1972
Reprint (426-17320)
Star Reprint (352-30485) 1979

This title was originally posted on January 25th 2011

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Is It Summer Yet?

Is It Summer Yet?

With the weather in the 70's all week here, I have been bike riding four times this week. I took this picture on Friday  morning in the middle of my 15 mile ride in south east Denver. The two mountains have quite a bit of snow s they had been dumped with lots of snow. Maybe e will skip spring and head on into summer. But Sunday's forecast is a high of 39 with rain and or snow.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Can Ladies Kill? by Peter Cheyney

The fourth title in the Lemmy Caution series 

In the morgue office there ain't anybody there at all. One goes through the office into the corpse room.Switch on the light and there one starts pulling out the trays with the stiffs on. The morgue was found alright. He was in number five trying to look sorta surprised. Which he was entitled to be .....somebody had shot this guy three times.

Printing History
Written by Reginald Evelyn Peter Southouse Cheyney (1896-1951)

William Collins, Sons & Co. Ltd. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Death And Taxes by David Dodge

Introducing, James “Whit” Whitney, as a tax accountant turned detective in 1940s San Francisco.

 San Francisco tax accountant James “Whit” Whitney is summoned home from a vacation in Santa Cruz to help his partner recover a hefty tax refund for a beautiful blonde client named Marian Wolff. When he returns to his office, Whit finds his partner, George MacLeod, dead in the firm’s vault, with a small hole in the bridge of his nose. In order to complete the tax return and uncover the murderer, Whit becomes a reluctant detective and nearly gets himself killed in the process.

Printing History
Written by David F Dodge (1910-1974)

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1941
London: Michael Joseph, 1947
New York: Popular Library, 1948 (PL 168)
Eugene, Or.: Bruin Books, 2010 (Bruin Crimeworks)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Murder On High by Carter Brown

Beauty, The Beast, and Square Daddy

When San Fransisco lawyer Randall Roberts went looking for "Calvin" Sandra Stillwell, a hip, back to nature virgin beauty and no so incidentally heiress to a small fortune he didn't expect his search to take him through the orgiastic den of an apeman. But if the beast could steer him to his beauty, who was he to complain, especially when the apeman's harem was his for the loving So off to the commune, where Randall found himself bedazzled by "Calvin's" virginal beauty and the psychedelic smoke clouds her commune buddies blew his way. But behind the clouds the corpses began piling up, and the commune brothers crash landed from the worst trips kids could take, a needle in the arm and a deadly dose of big H to the heart. And suddenly find the heiress became find the heroin before big H found Square Daddy Roberts for keeps...!

Bonus Covers

Vietnam (2003)

 Norway (1974)

Germany (1974)

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered Series #170 1973
ISBN 7255 0225

New American Library
Signet Books
T 5249 April 1973

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Polo Solo by Jerry Kennealy

A Nick Polo Mystery

Nick Polo, a San Francisco-based, smart and slick private eye, sometimes bends the rules to get what he wants. But now he's in prison for bending the rules a bit too far, and he is given an ultimatum: The mayor of San Francisco is being blackmailed and no one can help her because even the cops may be involved. If Polo wants to get out of jail and get his P.I. license back, he's got to find out who's behind the scam, stop it, and tell no one. His investigation takes him from the luxurious resort areas of Sonoma County to the dangerous drug-and-pornography underworld of San Francisco's inner city. His suspects range from the seediest petty criminals and hit men to the most powerful men in the municipal government. As the investigation intensifies, and the pieces fall into place, there becomes only one thing Polo is sure of: he'd gladly go back to jail, if he could only get there alive.

Printing History
Written by Jerry Kennealy (1938- )

St Martin's Press
ISBN 312 00671
July 1987

ISBN 312 91074
February 1988

Speaking Volumes
E Book
February 2013

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Streets Of San Fransisco (1972-1977)

The Streets Of San Fransisco

The show revolved around two police officers who investigated homicides in San Francisco. The center of the series was a veteran cop and widower, Lt Mike Stone, who had more than twenty years of police experience and was now assigned to the Homicide Detail of SFPD's Bureau of Inspectors. He was partnered with a young, plainclothes detective, Assistant Inspector Steve Keller, a college graduate who had no experience in the police force.

Karl Malden as Det. Lt. Mike Stone
Michael Douglas as Inspector Steve Keller (1972-1976)
Richard Hatch as Inspector Dan Robbins (1976-1977)

September 16th 1972

Season One
September 23rd 1972 to April 12th 1973

Season Two
September 13th 1974 to March 14th 1974

Season Three
September 1974 to March 1975

Season Four
September 11th 1975 to March 18th 1976

Season Five
September 30th 1976 to June 9th 1977

 January 27th 1992

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cop Hater by Ed McBain

Any Cop Could Be The Next Victim
Every Cop Was Out To Kill The.......

The city has surrendered to a heat wave in when detective Mike Reardon is on the way to work on the nightshift, he is shot to death from behind with a .45 caliber handgun. As Steve Carella and his colleagues from the 87th Precinct are looking for their friend's killer, they have no idea that this is just the beginning of a series of police murders. David Foster is the next victim, at the entrance of his apartment, where the killer has left behind a footprint at the crime scene. A few nights later the unknown killer ambushes and murders Det. Hank Bush. Bush fought back however and shot and wounded the murderer.

The Film (1958)

Printing History
Written by Salvatore Albert Lombino (1926-2005)

copyright 1956

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Eye Of The Needle by Ken Follett

Eye Of The Needle
Written by Ken Follett

A German spy in England during World War II who discovers vital information about the upcoming D-Day invasion. In his attempt to return to Germany with the information, he travels to the isolated Storm Island off the coast of Scotland to meet up with a U-boat, but his plans are thwarted by a young woman and her paralyzed husband.

Printing History
Written by Ken Follett (1949- )

as Storm Island

as Eye of the Needle 

Film (1981)

Directed by Richard Marquand


Donald Sutherland as Henry Faber
Kate Nelligan as Lucy Rose
Stephen MacKenna as Lieutenant
Christopher Cazenove as David Rose
Philip Martin Brown as Billy Parkin
George Belbin as Lucy's Father
Faith Brook as Lucy's Mother

Friday, April 4, 2014

1000th Post

This is my 1000th post on this blog

A link from the very first post.

And a little history

On this day on April 4th 1968

Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis Tennessee. 

Also on April 4th 1933

US Dirigible Akron crashes off the coast of NJ, 73 die.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Afghan Intercept by Jack Garside

Agent N3 Against An Army Of The World's Most Deadly Assassin!

Killmaster #242
Afghanistan. A land invaded by an army of Russian jackals. Millions have been slaughtered or have fled. But the fearless freedom fighters of the mujaheddin, the heart and soul of Afghanistan's resistance movement, will never surrender their homeland. Now the Soviets have formulated the ultimate plot to crush the mujaheddin. That is, if the KGB can cope with the rebellious fighting men of their own elite Special Forces But the Russian infighting is Nick Carter's chance to end the bloodbath, and tip the scales in favor of the free world. all he has to do is infiltrate the Soviet high command!

Printing History
Written by Jack Garside

Berkley Publishing Group
Jove Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 515 09757
October 1988