Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Sky Block by Steve Frazee

They were out to kill him before he could find the secret weapon that would destroy America

The secret weapon of an unseen enemy.....
Vencel had known the mountain when he was a boy. He had climbed it, hunter on it, fished in its streams. But when he cane back, he found the mountain a place of swiftly spilling blood and sudden death. Vencel turned into an angry, vengeful man, and he swore to flush out the terrifying menace of Blue Peak. But no man alone could fight the barbarous enemy hidden deep inside the mountain. So Vencel joined the team of army brass, FBI agents, and the nation's top scientists. All of them caught up in a desperate hunt for the most devastating weapon ever devised for the destruction of mankind.....

Robert Mcguire
Printing History
Written by Steve Frazee

Rinehart & Company, Inc

Lion Library 

Pyramid Books

Mayflower Dell

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Journey Towards Doom by James Gant

Untold Stories Of A War Correspondent

With five men and two women in the lifeboat there was no room for a murderer....
After that night of flames and horror, there were seven of them left in the lifeboat. The Kents, who had hated one another for twenty years. Janice Ballinger, beautiful, courageous and enigmatic, escaping from blackmail and fear into horror and death. Stratton, one of the three men who knew Janice Ballinger for what she really was. Frank Green, the steward, knew Janice, too. And so did Bob Clark. Then there was the seventh man, the man who would murder, silently, in the night. When all were sleeping.

Printing History
Written by James Gant

Horwtiz Publication, Inc
No 13
April 1958

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Doomsday, 1999 by Paul MacTyre

Legacy For The Last Men

Offspring Of Atomic Catastrophe
What would  happen if man's mastery of the world was suddenly snatched away by a new and more advanced type of life? This is the startling premise of this story. It fell to two people to face the news that mankind was about to follow the dinosaurs off the Earth's stage. one was Angus, veteran of a defeated western army in a world devastated by atomic warfare. The other was Liu, woman officer of a conquering army she already knew was destined for destruction. How these two found the new master species and what they did about it is an exciting and thought provoking science fiction adventure.

Printing History
written by Robin James Adam (1924-    )

Ace Books, Inc

Original Title
1962 UK

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Crimebeat Crisis by Hank Janson

Crimebeat Crisis

Press Conference

In this line a guy has to keep his eyes and ears wide open and his feet on the ground. Else when a break comes along or maybe a cute honey drifts into the sights he's there with his pants down. You can quote him that his proven recipe for getting himself a big load of trouble is to settle down with a good bottle to figure out the works of a good story. Within seconds its a matter of life and death on the blower, or a damsel in distress on the door step.

Printing History
Written by Stephen Frances

Roberts and Vinters Ltd 

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Silent Man by Clay Anthony

He knew too much to live!

“You’re in real trouble, pilgrim,” the deputy said. “Bill Thompson was one of the most popular men in these parts. He was as straight as a gunbarrel. Everybody liked him.”

Ormsby’s only reply was a nod as he sat down on his bunk.

“You’ve got just one chance,” Rice said. “You tell everything you know about the Gibb Gang and maybe they won’t fit a hemp necktie around your throat. I cain’t promise you anythin’, but there’s a chance the judge might be lenient, I guess.”

“I’ll speak to no one but the Chief Marshal from Topeka,” Ormsby said.

Rice’s eyes narrowed. “I ain’t good enough for ya?”

“The Chief Marshal,” Ormsby repeated.

“Sassy bastard, ain’t ya? Well, we’ll see how cocky you are when you hear a couple hundred people outside bayin’ for your blood. And it’ll happen, I’ve got no doubt about that.”

Printing History
written by Don Haring

Cleveland Publishing Company
Cleveland Western

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Feline Frame-Up by Paul Valdez

The Last Scientific Thriller

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

Scientific Thriller
Transport Publishing Co Pty Ltd
Published by Horwitz Publications Inc
May 1952

Monday, August 14, 2017

So Lovely She Lies by Carter Brown

Her Lips Frame The Answer To Highway Murder.........

Grant Roberts Cover
Martin Bern is just a private dick that sits all year round waiting for a case and when he takes a two week vacation. What happens? He gets a corpse and a client. His job? To see that Lea Price isn't charged with murder. That sounds straight forward enough, but Martin guesses El Santara folk think that he is a simpleton. He kept meeting different people with the same names, and the same people with different names, but can Martin get the picture. First there was the blond with the cute smile and the willing ways, until she figured he be more useful to her dead than alive. And the nightclub singer who made news every time she changed her mind. But it was a profitable vacation, all good clean fun, but there were only five murders, weren't there!

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

Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series
October 1958

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Murder Spins The Wheel by Brett Halliday

Mike Shayne, the private eye who digs trouble, 
Gets in deeper than he should in a chilling case of lethal long shots and murder

Theo Moore was the bright and beautiful very private secretary to one of the biggest gambling bosses in Florida. Harry Bass was also Theo's meal ticket, and when people began taking pot shots at him, Theo was distressed to say the least. When Harry called Mike Shayne in to help, Theo offered services to the redhead that went well beyond her required duties. Shayne thought it was terrific, until her secretarial dictation led him into an extremely unbusinesslike situation rife with dirty sex, dangerous drugs, and carefully organized murder.

Printing History
Written by Robert Terrall (1914-)

Dell Publishing Company
April 1966
November 1974

Other Covers
Robert McGinnis Cover

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Beat The Devil by Clint McCall

Pinto Western #481

If he failed they'd kill his wife!

Printing History
written by J Ashley 

Cleveland Publishing Company

Friday, August 4, 2017

Meet Me In Darkness by Raymond Banks

Sam King lives up at hotel homicide
Complete with corpses under foot and blondes under beds

Private Detective Sam King is a licensed roving Eye. He is a refugee from Denver, operates his agency out of L. A., and specializes in stolen goods--preferably the kind measuring 36"-24"-36".

A far out inn.......
The Conroy was smaller than the Sheraton, rougher than the Ritz. The room service, however, was the most. Specialties of the house included hot and cold running redheads, built in blonde and a vacation suite reserved for dead folks only.

Printing History
Raymond E. Banks  (1918-1996)

Popular Giant
Popular Library
December 1960