Monday, December 31, 2018

Top 5 Posts Of 2018

The Top 5 Posts of 2018
 A look back to the 5 most popular posts of the past year

May 14th

September 4th

September 14th

April 30th 

March 21st

See you next year

Sunday, December 30, 2018

The Sin And The Flesh by Lloyd S Thompson

His Twisted Hatred Ripped Apart The Whole City

Original Title: Hear Not My Step

In the dead of the night the girl came hurrying out of the hotel. The man in the shadows watched her, thinking, it's too bad she can't mind her own business. It's too bad she knows what she does. It's too bad for her. He could have liked this girl, this soft, yielding woman with the ripe mouth, the hungry eyes. But he couldn't let that stop him, not when he'd spent years building his plan. He had destroyed others when they got in his way, and now this girl.....she was coming closer....she was almost within arm's reach....she.....

Printing History
Written by Lloyd S Thompson

Abelard Press
(Hear Not My Step)

Lion Books
Lion Library
September 1954

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Case Of The Vanishing Beauty by Richard S Prather

Meet Shell Scott
Fast With The Gun Or Gal
Fast With The Answer For Murder, Too....

Cover by Barye Phillips

One Beauty vanished from sight. Another dead in a hail of bullets. Would the lovely Lina be next? Even here in the drizzly rain outside the El Cuchillo, she was hotter than a welder's torch. Here's your chance to meet Shell Scott, the sharpest Private Eye you've ever known -- the darling of all dames, the envy of all guys.

Printing History
Written by  Richard Scott Prather (1921-2007)

Gold Medal Books
#127: First Printing October 1950
#425: Second Printing August 1954

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Broken Doll by Arthur Kent

She Lived In Danger And Died In Fear.....

"Christopher," the girl said angrily, "stop fooling about!. We are wasting time! I'm fool proof where you are concerned! It's over! Finished!" He did not answer. He pushed the door to without closing it. Then he moved into the darkness towards the rear of the car. The girl, resigned, lifted her handbag onto her knees and rummaged in it. Taking out her compact and opening it, she looked at her features in the oval shaped mirror it contained, bent towards the dashboard to take advantage of its small light. She didn't know it, but she was looking at herself for the last time......

Printing History
Written by Arthur Kent (1925- )

Brown, Watson LTD
Digit Books

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas (2018)

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays to all 

Don't for get to check out a holiday caper

Have a safe holiday

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Your Money And Your Wife by Ritchie Perry

The KGB Kidnapped The Wife Of The Best Operative In British Intelligence.
Now, They Wanted Him....

Cover by Anthony Loew
A Smuggler Turned Secret Agent
Whether Courting Danger or Women, He's as villainous as he is seductive
Philis had been married less than a week when he heard is wife's screams coming from the honeymoon cottage. Three brutal men in a white Saab were making a hasty getaway as Olga struggled in vain to get free. It didn't take British Intelligence long to realize who was behind the kidnapping after a KGB colonel made Philis an offer that he didn't want but couldn't refuse. Now Philis had to find a way to get his wife back, without betraying everything he's ever worked for...

Printing History
Written by Ritchie Perry (1942- ) 

Harper Collins (UK)
May 1975

Houghton Mifflin Co

ISBN 345-29060
November 1981

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Flashman At The Charge by George MacDonald Fraser

Flashman Papers #4

Flashman is trying to avoid a transfer to the Crimea but failing miserably. He is made guardian of one of Queen Victoria's cousins and is sent to the midst of the Crimean War. Flashman witnesses and participates in the most notable offensive and defensive actions of that war, and eventually finds himself trekking across Asia in an effort to save the British Raj. 

Printing History
Written by George MacDonald Fraser (1925-2008)

Random House
January 1973

Signet Books

Pan Books
330 24202

Monday, November 19, 2018

Dame On the Death Round by Marc Brody

Dame On the Death Round
by Marc Brody

Sure, the sheriff had it all worked out! The blonde had killed Hilory Kendall for his five million bucks and thrown the gun into the river. The story sounded simple enough, until Marc met Francine and trouble! That night club date he had with Lola Clarke had to be broken. They visited a night club all the same, but somehow it wasn't the same because Marc met up with Babs, then lingered with Julia while trying to work out how Francine...say, just how complicated can life get when one is working for The Review? The prizefighter, the mobster and his two hoods didn't give a hang about Brody's life, anyway, they were too busy trying to end it!

Printing History
Written by W.H. (Bill) Williams

Horwitz Publications Inc
November 1957

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Terrorists (1975)

The Terrorists (Ransom) 1975

A small group of terrorists have seized the British ambassador to the fictitious country of "Scandinavia", and are holding him hostage in his residence. Scandinavia's head of security, Colonel. Nils Tahlvik wants to take an uncompromising position, but he is overruled by the governments of both Scandinavia and Britain, who insist that all of the terrorists' demands be met. 

Sean Connery as Col. Nils Tahlvik
Ian McShane as Ray Petrie
Jeffry Wickham as Capt. Frank Barnes
Isabel Dean as Mrs. Palmer
John Quentin as Martin Shepherd
Robert Harris as Ambassador Palmer

Directed by 
Caspar Wrede

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Thrills Incorporated #11

Thrills Incorporated #11
Adventures In Space and The World Of Tomorrow

Fugitive From The Flame World
by Paul Valdez (Alan G Yates 1923-1985)
A tough assignment put Rod out of the fire and into a frying pan, though his discovery of a treachery was too late to help anyone.

Martian Men
by Rick Hart (Durham Keys Garton 1925-?)
They fought for people's amusement, and then for lust and blood, the horned giants from Red Mars. From the lights of the sports arean to the steaming jungles came the same roar of anger in battle.

A Gift From Gorla
by Ace Carter (Gordon Clive Bleeck 1907 -1971)
One after another Earth's leaders were blown to atomic dust, and science could not find the answer. The Space Spy broke the mystery in a rush of death and deviltry.

Mota's Travel
by Roy Kendall
They sought friends on other planets. They found grim silence, foul clinging slime, green men and implacable hatred.

by G. C. Bleeck (Gordon Clive Bleeck 1907 -1971)
Even a trained space pilot can be afraid of the dark.....darkness which is strange, which he can not recognize........lost and alone with dead instruments.

Printing History
Associated General Publications Pty. Ltd
Edited Alister Innes
April 1951

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veterans Day 2018

Veterans Day 2018

Honoring the men and women of our armed forces as well as past members 

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Homicidal Virgin by Brett Halliday

A desperate want ad draws Mike Shayne into a tangled murder plot

Robert McGinnis Cover
Lost Innocence
It started with a post in the classifieds. A woman calls for a red-blooded American, a soldier-of-fortune type willing to do anything if the price is right...even commit murder. This catches the eye of Tim Rourke, hotshot reporter, who passes it on to Mike Shayne, the legendary Miami detective. Rourke believes the ad was placed by a lonely housewife hoping to pay someone to knock off her husband, and he thinks the story could be front-page news. He just needs someone willing to answer the call.....and Shayne has the reddest blood in Miami.

Shayne responds to the ad, and finds the situation far stranger than anything he and Rourke could have dreamed up. His new employer is sweet, young, and scared for her life. Plus, there’s $50,000 at stake—and a life on the line.

Printing History
 Davis Dresser (1904-1977)

Dell Publishing Company


November 1967
May 1972 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Mayhem In B Flat by Elliot Paul

A Sizzling, Rip-Roaring Murder Mystery 

Set in Paris of the 1930s, thriller featuring Homer Evans involving him, his friend Miriam, and a stolen Guarnerius violin

Vacationing in Normandy, suave sleuth Homer Evans and his stylish, pistol-packing friend Miriam Leonard catch sight of a familiar member of the notorious gang, the St. Julian Rollers. As Homer and Miriam depart for Paris, that gang member called the Singe is also at the Rouen train station and covertly signals to their compartment as the train pulls from the station.

Printing History
Written by Elliot Paul (1891-1958)

Random House Edition: May 1940
World Edition: 1st Printing April 1943 2nd May 1943
Bantam Edition: November 1950

Friday, October 12, 2018

Hell To Eternity by Edward S Aarons

The powerful story of the slum bred kid whose raw courage in the caves 
of Saipan will live forever as one of the glories of the U.S. Marine Corps

Cover by Barye Phillips
In love and war..... 
These were the quiet hours, the last uneasy clam before the storm of battle. These were the final hours, when a man could forget his fear and a woman her inhibitions.
Printing History
Written by Edward S Aarons (1916-1975)

Fawcett Gold Medal
#1023, k1455
August 1960

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Housekeeper's Daughter by Donald Henderson Clarke

She was curvy and careless
And lived down the hall

He Wanted To Earn A College Degree
But She Wanted Passionate Love!
Although Hilda's noteworthy curves helped decide Robert Randall that where she stayed was where he wanted to be, his main thought was to use his spare time writing a paper for a college degree. So he rented the home of the Reverend Mr Maxon, where the housekeeper and her luscious daughter, Hilda, lived also. The Reverend went on vacation, Robert ,moved in, and Hilda promptly fell in love with him. Robert settled down to work on his writing, of course. Hilda settled down to business too, working on Robert. Because of Hilda, several of Robert's friends, and an assignment he got to report on the murder of a nude lady in New Jersey, Robert did not accomplish much towards earning his degree. But what he and the others did accomplish in the outraged Reverend's house will keep a chuckle in one's throat and a glint in one's eye through the end!

Printing History
Written by Donald Henderson Clarke (1887-1958)

Printing History
The Vanguard Press, Inc
September 1938

Avon Publishing Co, Inc
Avon Books


The Film
Directed and Produced by Hal Roach

Joan Bennett
Adolphe Menjou
John Hubbard


Monday, October 8, 2018

The Black Door by Cleve F Adams

A Hard-Boiled Detective Novel
The third time he saw her she was dead, which set his head spinning. And it didn't stop until he'd run head-on into the Mob, a nympho, and a girl who had more tricks than the original Eve. 

Hard To Handle
Getting the goods on Myrna Spain was the kind of job to handle with asbestos gloves. The first time big Jim Flagg saw her she was dressed in brief shorts and the tightest sweater in Los Angeles. She made a play for him but Jim was not buying. The last time Flagg saw Myrna she was dead. That set the big wheel spinning, and it did not stop until he had run head on into Pete the Greek's mob and a girl named Eve who had more tricks than the one who led Adam straight to Hell!

Printing History
Cleve Franklin Adams (1895-1949)

E. P. Dutton 
November 1941

Popular Library
1st Printing May 1952
2nd Printing November 1952
3rd Printing December 1952 (Canada)
4th Printing June 1953

Friday, October 5, 2018

La Rubia (The Blonde) by Carter Brown

La Rubia

Spanish title of The Blonde

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

Caimen Collection
Editorial Diana (Mexico)
1st Edition October 1960
2nd Edition July 1961
3rd Edition December 1963

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

One Endless Hour by Dan J Marlowe

"The Man With Nobody's Face"

Drake had a new face, a new name, and he had buried the past. Most of it, anyways. In unmarked graves. They had all been double crossed bastards. Now he needed a new deal, something he could handle alone. Like a nice, quiet town. But somebody had other plans for Drake. Suddenly it was too late to back out, and too early to die..........

Printing History
Written by Dan J Marlowe (1914-1986)

Fawcett Publications, Inc
Fawcett Gold Medal Books

March 1969

January 1973

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Madam You're Mayhem (II) by Carter Brown

Fix me a getaway...
I'll need a fast car and faster women....
If the cops don't get me...
The curves will.....

Barney Blaine was heading to Mexico, land of the sombrero, manana, and Carmen Esteros! Carmen was wearing a bikini, or she Barney would say, two and a half spangles. She'd do anything for a man who would drive in the the Carrera Panamericana, and that meant him! Only Barney was co-driver for Julie Adams, the dizziest blonde who ever tried to accelerate coming into a right angled bend at 120 miles per hour. But that was only his cover for a red hot assignment. If one would ever go to Mexico you would find the people very friendly, like the guys who stake one out over an ant hill with a trail of honey leading into one's open mouth. But Barney couldn't keep his big mouth shut, and that is how he came to be a length behind the Gordini with the speedo showing 150. The curve was looming nearer and nearer, in another five seconds it would be too late for either of them....

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

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series 

w/ Larceny Was Lovely
Second Collector’s Series V2 #2
October 1959 

Cover by Moira Bertram

Friday, September 14, 2018

8th Anniversary

My 8th Anniversary 

This blog was started 8 years ago today.

My quest for this year is to read all of the Al Wheeler mysteries in order. From The Wench Is Wicked (1956) to Stab In The Dark (1984). Twenty eight years of Al Wheeler, the unorthodox cop.

The Crimes So Far

Al Wheeler #1-3

Al Wheeler #4-6

Al Wheeler #7

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Raw Lust by Hi Holborn

His inhibited acts reaped a whirlwind of aroused passions as 
he probed the hidden animal cravings of desire maddened women!!

They were tortured by lustful cravings!
He instilled a fiery longing for his manliness among the restless women who crossed his path. Ever alert for an opportunity he took advantage to their every erotic desire, lustful thought and carnal wish to satisfy his frenzied drive toward quenching his burning need!!

Printing History
Written by Hi Holborn

Tuxedo Books
January 1962

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Kiss The Boys And Make Them Die by James Yardley

Introducing Kiss Darling, 
the super girl with the wow IQ, 
a dynamite body, 
and a wild weakness for danger

"A bird? A superbomb? No, it's Supergirl!

To her womanizing boss, Kiss Darling is a budding young beauty ripe for the picking. To her army of hopeful seducers, she's a promise of sexual paradise worth any entry fee. To all men everywhere, she's an erotic dream come true.

Little do these male chauvinists suspect that beneath that luscious exterior lie nerves of steel, a mind quicker than a thousand computers, and the ability to do anything--well, almost anything--a man can do, and better.

When Kiss Darling swings into red-hot action and uninhibited adventure, she puts the boys to shame...

 Printing History
Written by James Yardley

Micheal Josephs  
April 1970

New American Library
Signet Books
October 1970

Pan Books

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Brotherhood of Lust by Don Holliday

Their Campus Games Were An Orgy Of Sin!

Passion Diploma........
was what you earned if you were part of the inner group on this campus. For here the big quiz was how many orgies you attended and how many twisted hungers you could satisfy before the semester ran out. There was plenty of babes, plenty of booze, and plenty of passion hungry guys to fill any exam sheet with shocking examples of sin life on the textbook front. And pity the poor freshman who didn't fall into line and sign up for a course in fleshpot psychology, on campus of.........
.......Sinners Cum Laude!

Printing History
written by David Case

Greenleaf Classics
Midnight Reader
October 1962

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

My Baby Was Blasted by Marc Brody

My Baby Was Blasted
by Marc Brody

What happened to Jimmy Delmar after that wild Hollywood party? Vicki Carver told Marc Brody, "I killed him...but I didn't kill him!" Vicky invited Marc to her dressing room to tell him more. "Tomorrow might be too late," she said. And tomorrow was too late for Vicky, there would never be anymore tomorrows for her. But was it an accident, suicide, or murder? Someone rang Brody and said, "I know who set Vicky up for the kill." But a killer with an ice pick had a start on him. Guy Stapleton died in Marc's arms. And there were more suspects than hairs on a bearded lady. Ravenne Polvani, the beautiful drug addict. Nina Carver, who wasn't Vicky's sister after all. Alvaro Darcel, who had his own peculiar talent for certain tasks. Ageing playboy Chris Lavery, Marc didn't know till he met Cicely Trivago, the beautiful uninhibited redhead. But then it was too late.....

Printing History
Written by William Henry (W. H.) Williams

Horwitz Publications, Inc

Monday, August 20, 2018

Operation: Lust by M. E. Knerr

Gorgeous models were sacrificed to greedy depravity by filthy flesh peddlers
...who stopped at nothing!

had driven lovely model Betty Gilbert to suicide. In Eric Malloy's book it was spelled MURDER. Eric had been a rugged combat pilot. But when he set out to smash the blood sucking hoodlums who preyed on beautiful girls, he ran into more than flak and tracers! Starting at a shabby dance hall, where the slogan was DEATH FOR A DIME, the big Irishman followed a torrid trail of murdered dolls from bedroom to bedroom. Battered by gang fists and blasted at by gang guns, he bulled ahead to the
Passionate Payoff

Printing History
 Written by Michael E Knerr (1936-1999)

Art Enterprises, Inc
Epic Books

Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Grip Of Lust by Guy Corbett

The Grip Of Lust

HERE is the inside story of what goes on between men and women---


The Greek Girl: Who could turn the back seat of an old car into the most comfortable couch in the world

Mrs. Wickert: Who hated her daughter's moral code, and taunted her for protecting her virginity!

Rebecca: Faithful wife, mother of six children, who discovered the thrill of sex with a stranger in the park!

Yolanda: Who held onto her virginity.....until her tenth year!

Guy Corbett reports the story Kinsey missed. He tells it with skill and power...candidly depicting the art of the seducer, the violence of the rapist, the guilt of the adulterer, the shame of the homosexual, the love of the harlot and the plight of the frigid woman!

Printing History
Written by Guy Corbett

Newstand Library Books 
February 1960

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Stag Magazine May 1958

Stag Magazine May 1958

The Sailor Who Broke Out Of Camp Horror
by James Christopher 
When the Japanese bombed Manila, he was AWOL in a native girl's shack. It was the start of the strangest survival epic of World War II

Printing History
Atlas Magazines, Inc 

Volume 9 No 5
May 1958

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Stag Magazine September 1958

Stag Magazine
Mort Kunstler Cover

The Cowards At Goldwater Creek
by George Mandel (1920 - )
The Rapper gang had taken over the gutless town.  And Cottrell didn't give a damn.

The Blonde Captive of Venezuela's Jungle Empire
by Emile C. Schurmacher ( - 1976)
As Venezuela's man of mystery, he ruled the trackless forests of Gran Sabana

Printing History
Atlas Magazines, Inc
Volume 9 No 9
September 1958

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Save Her For Loving by William Johnston

Then The Trouble Started......
Cover by Harry Barton

 Tony Lajte was a driller until wealthy Maggie Low, blues headliner at the Village Nest, made him her hang around man. All he had to do to earn his keep was to be around when she "wanted" him, and she wanted him most of the time. He was really cooling it until he spotted luscious Janet Sill, Nest owner Jack Kip's mistress, and decided he'd rather be her hang around man. But Janet's abundant charms could only be had for a price. Tony's only source for scratch was Maggie, and she wasn't giving. The real trouble started when Maggie learned about Janet. And that's when Tony found himself between a knife wielding Maggie, who threatened to carve him up if he cut loose from her, a hip tossing Janet, who refused to play house without a bundle of loot, and a sadistically jealous Kip, who promised to fix Tony's clock for good.

Printing History
Written by William Johnston (1924-2010)

Monarch Books
September 1962

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The New Story Paper No 10

Nick Carter Detective

The Diplomatic Spy

Number 10 Volume 1 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Man's Conquest Magazine January 1957

For The Hounds From Hell

Printing History
 Volume 2 #5
Hanro Corp 
January 1957

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Man-Killer by Talmage Powell

They Branded Her

She was a bit of class in a rough mountain village, 
but when her husband was murdered they came running for her blood.

Big Hominy was bigoted when Vicky Hustin met trouble. 
Her husband was found brutally murdered. 
And then all the prejudices of the little village bloke over her.

Printing History
Written by Talmage Powell (1920-2000)


Horwitz Publications

Prologue Books
December 2011