Monday, August 31, 2015

Lust Is No Lady by Michael Avallone

When he saw her there...
Beautiful, naked, and dying...
Staked to  the burning desert in that startling way.
Ed Noon knew he would have to look for a different breed of man.

Ed Noon is heading out on a vacation when he car blows a tire on Highway 80 in Wyoming where he is immediately the helpless target for a diving Piper Cub, which bombards him with bricks. He finds Brandy, a naked Indian girl, staked out in the sun, and she leads him to a cabin, where her Uncle Charlie Redwine has been tortured to death. Noon encounters the Riker Gang, which is determined to find a missing gold bullion shipment, dating back to the Civil War. But the main distraction is P.J., the murderous dwarf pilot of the Piper Cub, who has some very bad plans of his own.  

Printing History
Michael Angelo Avallone, Jr (1924-1999)

Belmont Productions, Inc
Belmont Books 
 December 1964

The Brutal Kook
WH Allen
Brown Watson Limited

Monday, August 10, 2015

Women Heroes of World War II by Kathryn Atwood

26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance and Rescue

Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent into occupied France and transferred crucial messages. 

Johtje Vos, a Dutch housewife, hid Jews in her home and repeatedly outsmarted the Gestapo. 

Law student Hannie Schaft became involved in the most dangerous resistance work sabotage, weapons transference, and assassinations. 

In these pages, readers will meet these and many other similarly courageous women and girls who risked their lives to help defeat the Nazis. Twenty-six engaging and suspense-filled stories unfold from across Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls’ refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history. An overview of World War II and summaries of each country’s entrance and involvement in the war provide a framework for better understanding each woman’s unique circumstances, and resources for further learning follow each profile.

Printing History
Written by Kathryn J Atwood 

Chicago Review Press
ISBN 55652 961 2011 (Hardback)
ISBN 61374 523 2013 (Paperback)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Saint to The Rescue by Leslie Charteris

A collection of Six short stories


1) The Ever-Loving Spouse: Simon Templar is asked for help by a man who was tricked into being in a compromising position.

2) The Fruitful Land: The man that the Saint has targeted for justice does not believe the Saint really exists.

3) The Percentage Player: The con man that the Saint goes up against does nothing that is not mathematically favorable to him.

4) The Water Merchant: The invention was too good to be believed and the Saint was the chief non-believer.

5) The Gentle Ladies: Two elderly ladies in a small village in England are being preyed upon by a blackmailer.

6) The Element of Doubt: A shady lawyer gets a arsonist acquitted and the Saint wants to see justice is done. 

 Printing History
Written by Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin (1907-1993)

 Crime Club Doubleday


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Diary Of Anne Frank (The Diary of a Young Girl)

A book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The family was apprehended on this day in 1944 by the Gestapo. Anne Frank would die of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in February 1945.

Otto Frank, the only survivor of the family, returned to Amsterdam after the war to find that Anne's diary had been saved by one of the helpers, Miep Gies, and his efforts led to its publication in 1947. It has since been translated into many languages. It was translated from its original Dutch version and first published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl. The diary, which was given to Anne on her thirteenth birthday, chronicles her life from 12 June 1942 until 1 August 1944.

Printing History
Written by Annelies Marie Frank (1929-1945)

Het Achterhuis. Dagboekbrieven 14 Juni 1942 – 1 Augustus 1944 
(The Annex: Diary Notes 14 June 1942 – 1 August 1944)
Contact Publishing 

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl 
Doubleday & Company

Screenplay by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett


Directed by George Stevens
Screenplay by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett 

Millie Perkins as Anne Frank
Joseph Schildkraut as Otto Frank 
Shelley Winters as Petronella van Daan
Richard Beymer as Peter van Daan
Gusti Huber as Edith Frank
Lou Jacobi as Hans van Daan
Diane Baker as Margot Frank
Douglas Spencer as Kraler
Dodie Heath as Miep
Ed Wynn as Albert Dussell

Monday, August 3, 2015

Blue Murder by Walter Wager

It began with mayhem....
 It could end with a massacre 

Several employees of an electronics factory are gunned down by carloads of gunmen. Hired by the sister of one of the victims, Alison Gordon tracks the killers and finds there is a conspiracy to stage a coup including the assassination of the President.


Printing History
Written by Walter Wager (1924-2004)

Arbor House Publishing Company
ISBN 877 95286
May 1981 

Berkley Books
ISBN 425 5444
August 1982