Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day of the Dolls #4

Today we are at the half way point of the Day of the Dolls. All this week I will be showcasing a mystery title or two with Doll in the title. Why do you ask? Dolls. All through the late forties to the early sixties a doll would be associated with a hardboiled or noir title.


Doll For The Big House
by Carter Brown

She was a living doll.....
It was going to take
a grand a day
to keep her that way.
A grand, and a Grand Jury!

A routine Missing Persons case, the captain snarled as he flung the brief in Al Wheeler's face. Sure it was routine, just several dolls making like a harem in some guy's big house. And we that guy turned out to be some king of the racketeers. And Al got flung out of the force on a sex maniac charge, that was routine too. Like a Jane Mansfield Marilyn Monroe hip wiggling contest. And so they decided to convene a Grand Jury, but whose fault was it that the chief witness turned up as a corpse in Wheeler's apartment. Al could see the pellets dropping into the tank and the gas vapors rising, but that's routine, it happens everyday in Sing Sing.

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered Series #46
August 1957

Revised as

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