Sunday, November 30, 2014

Singapore Sling by Jack Garside

A Ruthless Drug Lord Keeps N3
And His Sultry Partners On The Run....

Killmaster #258
Somewhere in the tumultuous streets of Singapore, two agents have been cornered by the cities most notorious hit men. and it's up th Nick Carter and his action hungry partner, a luscious CIA bombshell, to get them out alive. But AXE Agent N3 takes on more than he bargained for fighting Fat Chen, leader of the deadliest espionage drug ring in the East. Chen's got high tech weapon power at his command, and Quang, a Soviet pawn, at his side. The ultimate test stands before Nick. Can he infiltrate Chen's deadly circle, and survive a living hell?

Printing History
Written by Jack Garside (1924- )

Berkley Publishing Group
Jove Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 515 10248
February 1990

Saturday, November 29, 2014

You're Lonely When You're Dead by James Hadley Chase

Her Kisses Were A Prelude To Death

"Don't you ever play?"
Anita Pitts voice was low and husky "Sure," said Malloy, "but not with the wives of my clients." Anita smiled mockingly. She moved close to him and put her arms around his neck. "My husband doesn't care a fig for me." she purred. Before Malloy could stop her she was kissing him with cool, experienced lips. Vic Malloy, private cop, had been hired by millionaire John Pitt to watch his wife, Anita. So far it seemed like a routine case of a doting husband trying to keep his kleptomaniac wife out of trouble Suddenly Anita vanished, and one of Vic's aides was brutally killed And Pitt denied that he ever hired Malloy. Then Malloy found that his case of wife spying had all at once become a deadly tangle of blackmail, blonde dynamite, and Murder!

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

copyright 1950
Duel Sloan, and Pearce

Popular Library
October 1951

Friday, November 28, 2014

Honey, Here's Your Hearse! by Carter Brown

Mavis Seidlitz Story

Cover by Bernard Blackburn
She's slaying them in the aisles for peanuts 
till death swings from a high wire to change her tactics......

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

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

Novel Series
July 1955

Second Collectors' Series
Volume 1 Number 4
July 1957
w/The Two-Timing Blonde

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Homicide Hoyden by Carter Brown

I don't want to play "Murder" with a

Cover by Bernard Blackburn
5 million bucks and her taking ways got this dame everything but a murder rap.
She figured Scott Denton could take that....

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

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

Novel Series

Second Collectors' Series
Volume 1 No 3
w/Curtain For A Chorine
July 1957

Reprint By Demand Series

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Big Sleep (1946)

Bogart And Bacall

Directed by Howard Hawks
The first film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel.

Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe
Lauren Bacall as Vivian Sternwood Rutledge
John Ridgely as Eddie Mars
Martha Vickers as Carmen Sternwood
Peggy Knudsen as Mona Mars
Regis Toomey as Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls
Charles Waldron as General Sternwood
Charles D. Brown as Norris
Bob Steele as Lash Canino
Dorothy Malone as Acme Bookstore proprietress
 Private detective Philip Marlowe is summoned to the mansion of his new client General Sternwood. The wealthy retired general wants to resolve gambling debts his daughter, Carmen, owes to bookseller Arthur Gwynn Geiger. As Marlowe is leaving, General Sternwood's older daughter, Mrs. Vivian Rutledge, stops him. She suspects her father's true motive for calling in Marlowe is to find his young friend Sean Regan, who had mysteriously disappeared a month earlier.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

USA Fiction Challenge: New York

The 2014 USA Fiction Challenge is heading to the home stretch. This time we visit the state of New York as well as the city of New York. The highlight will be Valerie Frankel's A Body To Die For.


Investigating the suspected infidelities of a former tennis pro's wife, private detective Wanda Mallory becomes an unlikely member of an elite health club, where she uncovers a series of other crimes, including murder.

Printing History
Written by Valerie Frankel

Simon & Shuster, Inc
Pocket Books
ISBN 671 79520
July 1995

E Book
August 2010

Kindle Edition
February 2011

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Art Of Robert E. McGinnis by Robert E McGinnis and Art Scott

A Modern Master

Robert E. McGinnis began his career in 1947 as a cartoonist, and produced his first cover illustrations for 1956 issues of the magazines True Detective and Master Detective. Then in 1958, he painted his first paperback book cover, and from that day forward his work was in demand.

The emergence of the “McGinnis Woman”, long-legged, intelligent, alluring, and enigmatic, established him as the go-to artist for detective novels. His work appeared on Mike Shayne titles and the Perry Mason series, and he produced 100 paintings for the Carter Brown Mystery Series. Yet McGinnis became famous for his work in other genres as well: espionage, romance, historicals, gothics, and Westerns.

McGinnis’s first major magazine assignments were for The Saturday Evening Post, and his work has graced the pages of Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, Good Housekeeping, Guideposts, and others. McGinnis women frequently cropped up in the men’s magazines of the ’60s and ’70s.

His first movie poster was for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with an iconic rendering of Audrey Hepburn. Almost instantly, his poster artwork could be seen everywhere, in theaters, on billboards, in newspapers, and even on soundtrack albums. His work for Hollywood became a who’s-who, with posters for James Bond, The Odd Couple, Woody Allen, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, and many more.

Some of his most ambitious works have been his gallery paintings, often depicting stunning American landscapes, vast Western vistas, and of course, beautiful women. The Art of Robert E. McGinnis collection reveals the full scope and beauty of the work of a true American master—one whose legacy continues today.

Printing History
 Robert McGinnis (1926- )
Art Scott

Titan Books
 1st Edition
November , 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

La Embrujadora by Carter Brown

Mexican Edition of 
The House of Sorcery

Editorial Diana #436
Mexico City
1st Edition October 1968
2nd Edition January1971

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Isle Of Blood by Jack Canon

N3 On A Deadly Manhunt For The 
World's Most Wanted Terrorist!

Killmaster #257
After decades of violence, the Geek and Turkish factions of Cyprus are on the verge of peace. But when three key negotiators are suddenly murdered, the delicate diplomatic process is shattered.  Nick Carter knows the body count has just begun, because the mastermind behind the killings is Drago Vain. The most vicious terrorist in the files of Interpol Vain is poised to seize control of Cyprus in a savage coup. Nick must stop the assassin's takeover at any cost, or the Mediterranean will run red with blood!

Printing History
Written by Jack Canon

Berkley Publishing Group
Jove Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 515 10217
January 1990

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

USA Fiction Challenge: New Mexico

The game is on in the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge. This time around we visit the Southwest, New Mexico to be exact. The highlight this time will be Tony Hillerman's The Blessing Way

The Blessing Way
by Tony Hllerman

Introducing Joe Leaphorn

When Lt. Joe Leaphorn of The Navajo Tribal Police discovers a corpse with a mouth full of sand at a crime scene seemingly without tracks or clues, he is ready to suspect a supernatural killer. Blood on the rocks...A body on the high mesa...Leaphorn must stalk the Wolf-Witch along a chilling trail between mysticism and murder.

Printing History
Written by Tony Hillerman (1925-2008)


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Amorous Captive (Volume Two) by Hank Janson

12 Million Sale

Clive is summoned to the bedside of his sick father, but before he goes away he arranged for his cousin, Percy to escort Joan to safety. Percy is only too willing to perform the service. Joan is penniless and afraid to face the terrible anger of her father who will certainly kill her after her long absence.

Printing History
Written by Stephen D Frances

Alexander Moring, LTD
January 1959
Printed in Paris France

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Riddle In Red by Betsy Allen

As receptionist in a glamorous advertising agency. 
Connie Blair is faced with a mystery that threatens the agency's biggest campaign

The reception desk of a high-powered advertising agency is a wonderful spot to see everything that goes on, as Connie Blair soon discovers. She is at Reid and Renshaw's not long before she senses big doings afoot. "Cosmetics by Cleo," Reid and Renshaw's biggest account, is about to bring out a new revolutionary product made from a closely guarded secret formula. Everyone at the agency is keyed to high pitch as the huge advertising campaign finally gets under way. From the day the glamorous Cleo herself sweeps into the reception room, Connie is caught up in the general excitement. But soon mysterious developments threaten not only the success of the campaign but Cleo Marville herself. The climax comes when Cleo and the secret formula suddenly disappear.

Printing History
Written by Elizabeth Allen (Betty) Cavanna (1909-2001)

Grosset and Dunlap

Tempo Books
T 100 (1965)

Bonus Covers


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Suddenly By Violence by Carter Brown

The beautiful blonde named Pandora has a box full of murderous tricks that could make a killer .......yell cop.

Grant Roberts Cover
Enterprising Danny Boyd tangles with an enterprising blonde model and an extortion racket that means murder

Barye Phillips Cover

 Blondes can be murder. The ex boss of a narcotics syndicate hires P.I. Danny Boyd to find his wandering brunette daughter. And Danny sets off on a public search that leads him straight to a cold water pad in the Village complete with a red-hot corpse and a sizzling blonde named Pandora. The blond has some torrid ideas about men. When Danny tries to get back on the case, she uses everything she's got to stop him....including lethal kiss this side of murder.

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

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #80 (September 1959)
Long Story Magazine #7 (February 1960)
International Edition Series #12 1961, (January 1962)
International Edition Series #65 (May 1970)
ISBN 7255 0005

New American Library
Signet Books #1722 (October 1959)

Bonus Covers





Friday, November 7, 2014

USA Fiction Challenge: New Jersey

We are rolling along in the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge. 
This time we are in New Jersey with the Beth Sherman mystery Dead Man's Float

Dead Man's Float
by Beth Sherman


Annie Hardaway is a reluctant expert on house-cleaning, horticulture, and pet care, who specializes in making some of the country's most famous how-to writers look good in print. But when her long-ago high school crush is found dead in their New Jersey shore hometown, Anne has no idea "how-to" find out the truth.

Printing History
Written by Beth Sherman

Avon Books
ISBN 380 73107
July 1998

Thursday, November 6, 2014

North By Northwest (1959)

A tale of mistaken identity, with an innocent man pursued across the United States by agents of a mysterious organization who want to stop his interference in their plans to smuggle out microfilm containing government secrets.

Advertising executive Roger O. Thornhill is mistaken for "George Kaplan" and kidnapped by Valerian and Licht. The two take him to the Long Island estate of Lester Townsend. There he is interrogated by a man he assumes to be Townsend, but who is actually spy Phillip Vandamm. He reads out Kaplan's planned hotel itinerary to Thornhill, hoping to lure him into admitting he is indeed Kaplan. When Thornhill insists on his identity, Vandamm's "associate" Leonard intends to get rid of him. Thornhill is forced to drink bourbon to stage a driving accident, but manages to escape. He is unable to get the authorities or even his mother to believe what happened

Cary Grant as Roger Thornhill
Eva Marie Saint as Eve Kendall
James Mason as Phillip Vandamm
Jessie Royce Landis as Clara Thornhill
Leo G. Carroll as The Professor
Josephine Hutchinson as Mrs. Townsend
Philip Ober as Lester Townsend
Martin Landau as Leonard
Adam Williams as Valerian
Edward Platt as Victor Larrabee
Robert Ellenstein as Licht
Les Tremayne as Auctioneer
Philip Coolidge as Dr. Cross
Patrick McVey as Sergeant Flamm
Edward Binns as Captain Junket
Ken Lynch as Charlie
Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Return Of Sky Ghost by Mack Maloney

In A Strange New World Called America
The Future Is In Danger......
And The Past Is Just Beginning.

Invasion America
When the Zon space shuttle plummeted to earth, it should have been the war's end. Instead, ace fighter pilot Hawk Hunter crash landed into an alternate world. To fight history's most infamous battles again. On this earth, World War II has never ended and "The Wingman's" struggle for survival is just beginning.

The planet is at war. Hawaii, the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, and the Panama Canal have been destroyed in sudden sneak attacks. All of South America has been conquered by the invading  Japaneses under the rule of High General Hiro Wakisaki.  It is six long months before the Free World can muster a response and Hawk Hunter, "The Wingman" is at the fore. But driving the Japaneses out is not the only problem Hunter must solve. Buried deep in the Falkland Islands, scientist labor over a superbomb for a man with one goal.......the destruction of the United States!

Wingman #15

Printing History
Written by Brian Kelleher

Kensington Publishing Corp
Pinnacle Books 
May 1998
ISBN 7860 0510

Open Road Media
June 2013

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Hell Bound Express by Jack Canon

N3 Takes On The Masterminds
Behind A Deadly Soviet Spy Ring

Killmaster #256
A Soviet agent has defected and sparked a deadly scavenger hunt through the capitals of Europe. 
The players: Nick Carter versus the Soviets 
The clues: A bloody trail of missing persons and broken bodies.
The prize: A master list of superspies who have been infiltrated the US disguised as Soviet dissidents. A list that could blow the Soviet spy network sky high!

Nick's orders are to get the list, at all costs. It's the most dangerous game he has ever played. A game where the only rule is kill or be killed and the only consolation prize is a painless death

Printing History
Written by Jack Canon

Berkley Publishing Group
Jove Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 515 10199
December 1989

Monday, November 3, 2014

USA Fiction Challenge: Nevada

Today is the day to pick up our pace in the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge. 
We will highlight a mystery from the state of Nevada.

Walk A Crooked Mile
by Catherine Dain

Hired by her own mother to track down her errant father, Freddie O'Neal tails her dad's biker bodies and unearths murder, deceit, and deadly secrets along the way. 

The story begins when Freddie's mother hires her to find the father who left them 16 years ago. Her search leads her to new friends and old murders. while evoking a wonderful sense of place throughout, from the comfortable, hometown ambiance of Reno to the glitzy cheapness of Las Vegas to the seemingly endless, barren beauty of the desert. The relationship between untidy, irreverent Freddie and her precise, style-conscious mother is well drawn with the conflicts and the love.

Printing History
Written by Catherine Dain

Jove Books
ISBN 515 11310

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Felon Angel by Carter Brown

Everything she did was clouded in mystery, 
but she only had to give the word and I was the shooting star the for.......

She was beautiful. she looked like an angel and she wanted Leo Cordova to find her twin sister who was brunette, instead of blonde and had a mole where she did not. There was only one thing wrong with the twin sister, she was doing a confidential job of hostessing for Johnny Ralmus, the big shot racketeer. And Johnny didn't want a private eye around. So Cordova is the fall guy for a felon angel. Will you take that gun out of his back.....?

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

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

Novelette Series
A Genuine "Lovely" Mystery

 First Collectors' Series
Volume 11
w/ Yogi Shrouds Yolande & Floozie Out Of Focus

Second Collectors' Series
Volume 1 #13
w/ Miss Called Murder

Vintage Series
Volume 2
February 1966 (copyright 1965)
w/ Homicide Harem

Featured on January 15, 2011
 Homicide Harem and Felon Angel by Carter Brown