Monday, December 14, 2020

Murder In Shinbone Alley by Helen Reilly

Murder In Shinbone Alley 
by Helen Reilly
Nobody cried at the beautiful model's funeral. 
Too many people had good reasons for wanting her dead

She was beautiful, bored and bound for trouble. She had had too much time on her hands, too much money, a passion for collecting men and no scruples at all about how she got them. Many people hated her, and one of them proved it by shoving her off a 14th floor terrace. The killer had struck in a sudden uncontrollably rage, but now he could see the trail of evidence he had left behind. So began a race between the police, confused by too many suspects, and a murdered who had nothing to lose by killing again.

Printing History
Written by Helen Kieran (1891-1962)

1st Printing June 1964
2nd Printing May 1968

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Blast From The Past (1980)

 Forty Years Ago This Month

Death Mission: Havana

by Ron Felber

Cover by George Gross

Charter Books

October 1980

Monday, October 5, 2020

E is For................................

E is for...............................
The Exotic
by Carter Brown

Horwitz Edition

Signet Edition

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

Horwitz Publications Inc.
Numbered Series #94 1961
International Edition Series #30 1963

New American Library
Signet Books
#S2009 October 1961

Monday, September 14, 2020

10th Anniversary

Today is the 10th Anniversary of this blog. Thanks for all the visitors and comments that took the time to stop by. Hope to see more of you in the future. Thanks again. The first three books that gave me the idea for this blog. 

Negative In Blue (1973) by Carter Brown (Alan G Yates: 1922-1985)

Chinese Donavan (1976) by Carter Brown (Alan G Yates: 1922-1985)

Pleasure Island by (1981) by Nick Carter (Robert Randisi: 1951- )

Monday, August 24, 2020

Run For Your Life! by Sterling Noel

by Sterling Noel

In the top-secret, heavily guarded files of the mysterious Baron de Lys rested a simple manila folder marked "McCarey." The folder held one ordinary sheet of paper with the following information:

NAME: Randall McCarey (formerly Alexis Bodine)


AGE: Undetermined; approximately 40

OCCUPATION: Banker (formerly-American counter-espionage agent)

PRESENT WHEREABOUTS: Eastmoreland, Virginia; currently at Cote d'Azur, France, on a secret mission for U.S. Intelligence

PERSONAL HABITS: Familiar and handy with small weapons, Scotch whiskey and women

ADDITIONAL REMARKS: This man is extremely dangerous to our plans. His death is most desirable and urgent!

Printing History
Written by Sterling Noel (1903-1984)

Avon Books

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

D is for.............................

D is for............................


Printing History
Written by Jerry Ahern (1946-2012)

Charter Books
March 1982

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Unarmed In Paradise by Ellen Marsh

An American girl and her Parisian lover.......mismatched in everything but their passion....

Love affair of an American girl and a Russian expatriate in 1950s Bohemian Paris.

Printing History
Written by Ellen Marsh


Popular Library

Cover by Mitchell Hooks

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

For Lydia by R.C. Gold

He knew how to use women and their bodies to get what he wanted.
And he wanted it all..................................

For Lydia

Peter Johnson's way to the executive suite included:                  
Sex with the secretaries who knew to much................................
Double dealing friends and fellow employees.............................
Peeping into bedrooms, hotel rooms, powder rooms and offices.

Printing History
Written by R.C. Gold

Universal Publishing And Distributing Corp
Beacon Signal Books

Monday, August 10, 2020

Law Of Lust by Bob Tralins

His Consuming Hunger For Thrills Of The Flesh Led To An Orgy Of Rape, Passion and Murder. For His Was The.......

Behind the cloak of respectability, lay a frenzy of untamed passions!
The blazing, white-hot glare of publicity lay bare the carnal desires and bestiality of of the town's most honored citizen. Here is the shocking expose of a depraved man, his lusts, his obscenities, his animal cravings, and the people around him. Shocked, bewildered, craven, yet powerless to stop him, for he was The Judge, honored, aloof, awesome, all powerful!!

Printing History
Written by Robert Tralins (1926-2010)

Tuxedo Books

Original Title
Caesar's Bench

Friday, August 7, 2020

Commuter Widow by Louis Lorraine

 Suburbia, U.S.A.-New houses, new shopping centers, and a new moral code for lonesome wives!

A shocking expose of bored suburban wives who trade experience in love for the unschooled embraces of teen aged boys...

Printing History
Written by Louis Lorraine

Signal Beacon
Softcover Library, Inc
B426F: 1st printing 1961
B814X: Second Printing 1965

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Sins Of Allie-May by Albert L Quandt

The Sins Of Allie-May 
by Albert L Quandt

Plaything Of Men

Men knew her for what she was...a wild, wicked, and willful woman. But they also knew that there was a woman to love, o woman to possess, a woman made for a man's enjoyment. When once a man held her in his arms and experienced her brand of loving, the rest of his days would be spent in loving, yearning for Allie-May, daughter of Sin.

Printing History
Written by Albert L Quandt

Quarter Books
No 75

Monday, August 3, 2020

Leisure Detective Magazine #17

Leisure Detective Magazine 
Issue 17

Stand-In For Death
by Benn Raymond

A Knife For My Baby
by Benn Raymond

Printing History
Action Comics Pty. Ltd
May 1951

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Fall by Carl Dekker

The Fall 
by Carl Dekker

An "On The Spot" War Mystery

Cover by Stan Pitt

Carl Dekker…is a rebel. The Army was glad to get rid of him in 1945, because he’s always done what he wanted to do, and not what he was told. As a commando, Dekker got himself into many A tough spot; twice he was the only one to get out….

Dekker still loves tough spots. Always on the move, is passport reads like an atlas index—Egypt, Italy, Corsica, Lebanon, China, Singapore. He haunts the bazaars OF Beirut, the taverns of Tripoli, the Cazbah [SIC] of Cairo, the ruins of Rome—he believes, and so do we, that the best stories are written on the spot.

Dekker and danger are a natural double—he buys himself a deck of trouble wherever he goes—and deals it out! A newspaperman from ‘way back, police roundsman, undercover investigator, Dekker knows his way around, and can handle a heater and a highball as well as anyone.

There’s nothing synthetic about the Dekker dames, his rackets and roughhouse....he’s seen his characters alive—and sometimes dead.

Dekker is………ON THE SPOT

Printing History

Calvert Publishing Company
September 1950

Monday, July 27, 2020

Escape From The Hell Camp by John Reeve

Escape From The Hell Camp 
by John Reeve

Cover by Col Cameron
"The Jap officers trembled in anticipation, the girls were young and pretty and Hoshita was a skilled torturer."

Captain Alan Bradley, kept alive by hate, planned to escape from the Japanese P.O.W. camp and to kill Lieutenant Osati...the cruelest of them all.

Printing History
Written by John Reeve

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Pulp Literature Special #22

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Catch Me A Phoenix! by Carter Brown

Today is the end of Alan G Yates Month here and we will highlight.....

Catch Me A Phoenix!
by Carter Brown

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

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #124 1965
International Edition Series # 76 1972 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Trouble Is a Dame (II) by Carter Brown

Alan G Yates Month keeps rolling along with this duplicate title from 1954. 

She Wanted Me To Be A Scientific Shamus....
But How Can You Analyse A Blonde When.......

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Large Format Series
July 1954

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Insel des Todes (Lover, Don't Come Back) by Carter Brown

Insel des Todes (Lover, Don't Come Back) 
by Carter Brown

Continuing the month long tribute to Alan G Yates and pseudonyms. Here is the German edition of Lover, Don't Come Back.

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

Ullstein Bucher

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Dutch Carter Brown

Dood door Geweld by Carter Brown

Dutch Edition of Suddenly By Violence

Our month long tribute to Australian author Alan G Yates

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

Middernacht #12
No Date

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Ready When You Are, CB! by Alan G Yates

Ready When You Are, CB! 
by Alan G Yates

We are in the middle of  the tribute to Alan G Yates for the month of May. This time around it is his autobiography. It an important insight into the life and times of one of the world's successful novelist. This autobiography is an amusing and warm account of the road to success and the people met along the way. Mr Yates is also arguably the most witty, outrageous, and versatile of them all mystery authors. Yates has written science fiction, westerns, and even a comic or two. His mysteries have sold more than 100 million copies and have been published in fourteen languages in twenty-two countries. 

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

Melbourne Macmillan

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Carter Brown Comic (#1)

Our continuing tribute to author Alan G Yates (1923-1985) during the month of May.

The First Issue

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc

Three total issues

Sunday, May 10, 2020

No Halo For Hedy by Carter Brown

A month long tribute to author Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

No Halo For Hedy
by Carter Brown

A corpse on the golf course left her score at murder

Character: Russ Burton

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

Horwitz Publications 

Numbered Series 

Reprint By Demand Series

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Chill On Chili by Carter Brown

She was spicy even in that vice ridden underworld, but among her own mob of hot tamales were a dozen waiting to put the....

Main Character: Johnny Eaton

Our month long tribute to author Alan G Yates. 

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

Transport Publishing Company

Novelette "Lovely" Series
December 1953

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Friends Of Lucifer by Dennis Sinclair

The Friends Of Lucifer
by Dennis Sinclair

SURVIVAL takes on the forces of Satan to overthrow.............

A member of SURVIVAL as well as a wealthy British aristocrat disappears shortly after his wife and child were murdered. When Ballard investigates, he finds a strange cult of devil worshipers behind a strange plot.

Printing History
Written by  Alan G Yates 1923-1985)

Corgi Books

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Lady Is Murder by Carter Brown

Lady Is Murder 
by Carter Brown

Month long tribute to Alan G Yates

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

Transport Publishing Company 1951, August 1954
w/Madame, You're Morgue Bound and Cyanide Sweetie
First Collectors Series No 5 1955

Title changes to The Lady Is A Killer in 1958
w/Murder By Miss Take 
Second Collectors Series Vol 1 No 18

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Leisure Detective Magazine #9

Leisure Detective Magazine #9

Join us on our journey of a tribute to author Alan G Yates during the month of May

Hush-a-Buy Homicide by Alan Yates (1923-1985)
Pay-Off: by  Rex Gold

Printing History
Action Comics

Monday, May 4, 2020

Prompt For Murder by Sinclair MacKellar

Prompt For Murder 
by Sinclair MacKellar

Our month long tribute to author Alan G Yates's work

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

Raven House Mysteries
Published by Worldwide Library
June 1981 

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Flight Into Horror by Paul Valdez

Flight Into Horror

Our month long tribute to Australian author Alan G Yates and his pseudonyms.

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

Transport Publishing Co
March 1951

Friday, May 1, 2020

The Blonde by Carter Brown

We kick off the Alan G Yates Month with his best seller,
The Blonde

Lee Manning, film land Romeo, committed suicide after a Hollywood bash. Or did he? Georgia Brown, babbling blonde, could tell what really happened. But would she? Paula Reid, demon TV interviewer,m was going to spill the facts on her TV show. But could she? Before the story got a chance to sizzle the airwaves, a killer stepped in and stopped George Brown dead. So Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler plays a near fatal role in an underground production of murder. 

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

Horwitz Publication, Inc
1958, 1961,1969, 1979

New American Library
1958, 1961, 1967, 1979, 1982

Alan G Yates Month

The month of May will be devoted to the British born Australian author Alan G Yates. Yates died in May 1985. He is best known for the man behind the Carter Brown literary persona. He wrote more than 300 titles for the series from 1951 to 1984. He also wrote science fiction, westerns, and others. Mr Yates moved to Australia in 1948 after WW he started writing part time while working in public relations for Qantas Airlines. Through the month you will see some different covers from his pseudonyms and maybe more. 

Alan G Yates (August 1, 1923- May 5, 1985)

Thursday, April 30, 2020

New York After Dark by Colin Ross

The World's Pleasure Palace, Where Humanity Is On The Loose
And A Taxi Is The Chariot To Every Known Vice

Sin From A To Z covered in this guide to wild life in Manhattan, where you can find everything from a rent your own beatnik service to a potluck pot party. Begin at infamous Greenwich Village where LSD buffets replace church suppers. Take subway to Broadway and 42nd Street where pornographic book stalls compete with prostitutes, both male and females. Hop a cab to the east 50's where a happening is an orgiastic art meeting with the nude models as the canvas. East Side, West Side, all around the town, there is something to appeal to every taste and whim in the biggest carnival of sin in the USA!

Printing History
Colin Ross

McFadden-Bartell Books
December 1966

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Maniac Murders by Paul Valdez

Maniac Murders
by Paul Valdez

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

Transport Publishing Co
April 1952

Friday, April 3, 2020

C Is For ..........................................

C Is For...............................................


Printing History
Written by Robert Randisi (1951- )

Charter Books 
January 1982
ISBN 441-10351

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

More Carter Brown Classics

More Carter Brown Classics

Al Wheeler Mysteries #10-12
The Unorthodox Corpse
Death On The Downbeat
The Blonde

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

Originally published in separate volumes by Horwitz Publications, Inc

The Unorthodox Corpse 
Numbered Series #54 December 1957
revised for Signet Books #1950 July 1961

Death On The Downbeat
Numbered Series #57 February 1958
as The Corpse (USA) Signet Books #1606 December 1958

The Blonde
Numbered Series #67 August 1958 
as for Signet Books #1565 November 1958

Cover art by Robert McGinnis
Dutch Edition of The Hang-Up Kid

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Chicago Confidential by Max Allan Collins

Nathan Heller #14

It's 1950 in Chicago, P.I. Nate Heller's old stomping grounds. But things are different now, and the wind is blowing in a different, decidedly more dangerous direction. Congressman-with-a-cause and presidential-hopeful Estes Kefauver creates the Committee on Organized Crime to put the squeeze on the mob. And anyone who ever associated with them. Heller tries to lay low, but when ex-cop Bill Drury cooperates and mafia moll Jackie Payne sings, Heller finds himself catapulted into the middle of the investigation.

Printing History
Written by Max Allan Collins (1948- )

Signet Books 
ISBN 451-20856
September 2003

Monday, March 23, 2020

California Roll by Roger L Simon

"I never sold out before because nobody ever asked me. In all it took around twenty minutes"

Cover by Lisa Falkenstern
Los Angeles private detective Moses Wine has turned forty and is worried about his future. When Silicon Valley beckons, Moses jumps. He takes a position as head of security for the Tulip Computer Corporation and things start looking up: he gets a new car, a new house, and a new girlfriend. One thing stays the same, however--murder seems to follow him around. When one of Tulip's young geniuses is shot to death, Moses begins his investigation amid his new world of corporate infighting and bureaucratic bungling and soon finds himself involved in international computer theft, double-crossing beautiful women, the Japanese mafia, and the GRU. The trail takes him from Northern California to Los Angeles to the beautiful Japanese countryside to the mean streets of Tokyo.

Printing History
Written by Roger L Simon (1943- )

Warner Books 
ISBN 446-32965
June 1986

Friday, March 20, 2020

Harvest Of Death by Ramsay Thorne

Captain Gringo cuts a hot path of love and fury through a jungle in hell!

Renegade #14

CAPTAIN GRINGO marches through Mexico!
His destination: A hotly disputed cocoa country where men indulge their greed, their lust, and their taste for blood. Captain Gringo's got to slash his way through torrid, twisted jungle crowded with Mexican marauders, greedy guerrillas, and ladies with love on their minds. The Captain's always ready to bed young maids or blast away with his Maxim, as magnificent Mayan ruins loom overhead. But when he comes up against a fanatical would-be dictator, it'll take all his American might and mind to explode a brewing international incident in a scorching climax!

Printing History
Written by Lou Cameron (1924-2010)

Warner Books, Inc
ISBN 446-30124
September 1982

Monday, March 2, 2020

Escape To Athena (1979)

Escape To Athena

A ragtag group of prisoners: Italian chef Bruno (Sonny Bono), British archeology professor Blake (David Niven), American soldier Nat (Richard Roundtree) and Greek prostitute Eleana (Claudia Cardinale): befriend each other in a Greek POW camp run by Otto Hecht (Roger Moore), an art-loving Nazi officer. With the help of local resistance fighters, the inmates plot to escape and steal valuable artifacts from a heavily guarded monastery that's used as a storehouse.

Directed by

George P. Cosmatos (1941-2005)

Roger Moore as Major Otto Hecht: an Austrian who is the Wehrmacht commandant of the POW camp, a former antiques dealer

Telly Savalas as Zeno: the head of the Greek island's resistance movement

David Niven as Professor Blake: senior British officer amongst the prisoners and a well-known archaeologist

Stefanie Powers as Dottie Del Mar: an American USO artist (in fact, stripper), who was shot down with Charlie and detained in the POW camp

Elliott Gould as Charlie Dane: an American comedian, USO performer and professional partner of Dottie

Claudia Cardinale as Eleana: a local madame, girlfriend of Zeno

Richard Roundtree as Sgt. Nat Judson: African-American POW and amateur magician

Sonny Bono as Bruno Rotelli: an Italian POW, professional chef

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Vanisher by Kenneth Robeson

The Vanisher

Doc Savage #52

The Dream Of The Deadly Gnome
Twenty convicts vanished without a trace from maximum security cells, and top businessmen suddenly disappeared. The tabloids trumpeted the reign of a small, deformed man — or woman — spotted at the scenes. Strangely, Doc Savage was framed for the disappearances — and then the murders … But the Horrible Hunchback hadn’t counted on the wrath of the mighty Man of Bronze!

Printing History
Written by Lester Dent (1904-1959)

The Conde Nast Publications, Inc
Doc Savage Magazine 
Street & Smith Publications Inc
December 1936

Bantam Books
ISBN 553-05536
September 1970

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

B Is For..............................................................

B Is For

Busted Wheeler

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

Horwitz Publications
Horwitz Group Books Pty Limited
Bucks Books
Published in Hong Kong 1979

Tower Publications Inc
Belmont Tower Books
ISBN 505-51414

Friday, February 14, 2020

I Prefer Murder by Browning Norton & Charles A Landolf

Murder, Very Dry.....

Cover by Saul Levine
That's what the uninvited guest whispered, as Tim Fallon and his scared blonde ordered drinks. The service was fast. Minutes later the blonde lay dead. So began that night of horror, with Tim marked a killer and another girl, the lovely Alix Bentley, his prey! Desperately he eluded the police and as desperately she eluded him.  But her young beauty was just the kind to tempt a friend. At dawn, she saw her locked door opening.....

The guest was back...and he had a key!

Printing History
written by Frank Rowland & Charles A Landolf

Graphic Mystery

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Mum's The Word For Murder by Brett Halliday

The Killer Placed An Ad..........
It was incredible, but true. Terror gripped the waiting city. A murderer was publishing ads in the newspaper announcing the exact time of his scheduled killings, and was getting away with it!

For detective Jerry Burke it was a special challenge, because the scornful threats were addressed ti him personally.

The times the killer struck, as he had proclaimed he would. And three times Jerry Burke played the fool, until a startling climax in a Mexican cafe untangles the unbelievable web of suspense and horror....

Printing History
Written by Davis Dresser (1904-1977)

Dell Publishing Company
Dell Books

July 1964

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A Is For..................................

A Is For

Amorous Captive

Printing History
Written by Stephen D Frances

Alexander Moring, LTD
January 1959
Printed in Paris France