Thursday, July 22, 2021

Injustice For All by J.A. Jance

Injustice For All
by J.A. Jance

A dead man, a luscious lady, and a homicide cop have one thing in common...murder!


Vengeance Is Mine
J.P. Beaumont is on vacation in the San Juan Islands with Anne Corley still on his mind. He is sleeping in his hotel room by the shore when he hears a woman screaming. He is spurred out to help her drag a man's body from the cold water. He is dead. He was her friend and co-worker. Ginger Watkins and the dead man, Sig Larson, both worked for the Washington State Parole Board. J.P. helps Ginger back to his room to warm her up while they wait for the police. He learns that she is the wife of a prominent political figure running for re-election in Washington. She wants to divorce her husband, and the dead man had been her supportive friend. They had been threatened by a man whose wife and daughter had been killed by a convict they had allowed out on parole. The man, Don Wilson, is now fighting to change the system to gain assistance for victims and reformation in the Parole Board. He didn't want what happened to his family to happen to someone else. He also threatened that Watkins and her friend would "pay." The police now start looking for Wilson. Beau finds himself working to protect the Parole Board. As a cop, he and the Board rarely see eye-to eye. But something is going on. As more people related to the Board die, and he is framed for one of the deaths, he knows he has to discover the truth. Is that the connection, or is there another angle?


Printing History
Written by Judith Ann Jance

Avon Books
ISBN 380 896417
May 1986

Monday, July 19, 2021

Stop Press In Scarlet by Marc Brody

Stop Press In Scarlet
by Marc Brody

This frame led to hunting in the hills with rifle sights set for murder and all eyes on Brody.....


He was mean, vicious, the type who would sell out his father for a dime, if the old man had been worth that much! He was mobster Alby Varner, he and Marc Brody were working to finger the killer of lovely Nita Young. The magnet that lured Body and Varner together was the search for the missing million dollar art treasure. Marc's assignment was to find the treasure and double cross Varner, he had his own plans as well. Avoid being double crossed by Brody and pin the rap on the person who murdered Nita. So Brody headed up to the mountains for some big game shooting, hillbillies who brewed a special brew, beautiful women, ,and an influx of machinegun toting hoods. But somebody forgot to tell him that behind the mystery of the missing art treasure was yet another mystery! But those machine guns were right on target and Brody was their target....

Printing History
Written by W.H. "Bill" Williams

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #4
November 1958

Friday, July 16, 2021

The Bright Blue Death by Nicholas Browne

The Bright Blue Death
by Nicholas Browne

Nick's tracking the source of an epidemic...of revenge!

George Gross Cover

They called themselves the Teutonic Knights, and they were neo-Nazis thirsting for revenge of the Fatherland. A half-mad genius was leading them with dreams of ruling the world. He has the means to destroy if if any one dared to resist. The first steps had already been taken. Carefully selected victims were dying from a mysterious painful disease. Each one vital to their countries survival. It was Nick Carter's job to destroy the madness. His success was riding on two sultry and sensuous women. One was scornful and a headstrong Swede who was supposed to be Nick's partner. The other was a treacherous amoral American who was his enemy.



The dwarf laughed, his body shaking with glee. He liked to see beautiful women tortured.
The giant with the mind of a child stared. He did not understand the terrible scene before him.
The girl was bored, her face betrayed no emotion. She had seen the scares and heard the screams too often.
The count was seething with rage. He was going to prolong the agony for a long time.


The setting was in a vast meeting hall of the Teutonic Knights. Before them on a table, lay a lovely blonde woman. Her eyes had fear in them. From head to her heart wires ran to a small control panel next to the count. The count turned to the big American at his side and said "Your next, Nick Carter."

Printing History
Written by Nicholas Browne

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Award Books
1st Printing (A277X) November 1967
2nd Printing (A277X) 1968

Tandem Books
1st printing (T172) 1967
2nd Printing (426-12570-3) 1973

Charter Communications Inc
Charter Books
ISBN 441 08015-4
August 1979

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Mantrap by Duane Yarnell

Mantrap
by Duane Yarnell

She was free and she was easy...but she was...murder!


Danger Red Head 2 miles
Is what the road sign should have said. But Mark Fletcher wouldn't cared anyway. For a city slicker he had very primitive ideas about women. Except that he hadn't bargained for Rusty. She had flaming hair, eyes the color of fresh minted greenbacks and a skin tight sweater that left no room for doubt. The only thing she liked better than a man was two men. She never took money from a guy if she could steal it first. And in a seamy shore town like Inlet city a dame like Rusty was live bait …for murder!

Printing History
Written by Duane Yarnell (1914-1996)

Fawcett World Library
Crest Books
November 1957 (#192)
January 1960 (#346)

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The Decoy by Edward Ronns

The Decoy
by Edward Ronns

Death's Bait Was Beautiful

Baryé Phillips cover

Many a man has been led to heaven by a woman, or trapped into hell. Ben Sherman was one of these men. Phoebe Dunham was one of these women. Whether Phoebe was bait or beauty Ben Sherman had to know. With crooks and grafters at his throat, he risked his life for the right answer.

Printing History
Written by Edward Sidney Aarons (1916 - 1975)

Fawcett Publications, Inc
Gold Medal Books
1st Printing October 1951 (#194)
2nd Printing October 1955 (#529)
3rd Printing 1967 (T1755)
4th Printing 1969 (R2114)
5th Printing 1972 (T2588)

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Maid for The Morgue by Marc Brody

Maid For The Morgue
by Marc Brody


When Donna Bryson, who had not always been a maid, began her dynamic career in the world of high tension politics and crime, men died violently and the lives pf others hung by a thread. But Donna hadn't figured that the complication of jealousy and greed would book her a seat on a one way ride to the morgue. Marc Brody's search for the truth about who knocked off high note union men, Paddy O'Brien and Ricky Ferrari, just before election time, led him into the box seat on Donna' morgue bound journey. Brody met up with guys like suave Joe Sanger, Senators Orrell, whose ambitions were not all political. Eddy Meech, a natural killer. And dames? Yvonne Polvani, deadly exciting. Rina Elkton, who was everything a guy wanted in a dame if he liked it on a grand scale...Rina smoked cigars, loved champagne and every day was her birthday..

Printing History
Written by W.H. "Bill" Williams

Horwitz Publications
September 1956

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Assignment: Israel by Manning Lee Stokes

Assignment: Israel
by Manning Lee Stokes

A Deranged Nazi Killer Out to Destroy the Mideast


He was known as "The Butcher" and he was a former Hitler henchman who was responsible for more murders than any other man alive. Depraved in mind and body, he hungered for men and women with the same insatiable appetite. He was hunted as a war criminal by the Israelis and he lusted for the chance to massacre his enemies. 


A captured Communist document gave the United States the whole story. But finding "The Butcher" and stopping him were something else. Plastic surgery made the first half of the problem impossible while the Arabs' hatred of the Jews choked off the second half. 


The United States was banking on Nick Carter and it supplied him with the most tantalizing helper, a beautiful Israeli agent named Sabra. Sabra had the body of a goddess and the heart of an efficient killing machine. For "The Butcher" a Middle-East holocaust would be a personal victory, but the rest of the world it held a greater meaning. For the Chinese had already started the world towards WW III.

Printing History
Written by Manning Lee Stokes (1911-1976)

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Award Books
1st Printing (A260X) 1967
2nd Printing (A260X) 1968
3rd Printing (A635) 1970
4th Printing (A939S) 1972
5th Printing (AN1218) 1973

Tandem Books
1st printing (T154) 1967
2nd Printing (85106-12554-1) 1973

Friday, June 4, 2021

The Filthy Five by Manning Lee Stokes

The Filthy Five
by Manning Lee Stokes

Killmaster uncovers a plot to assassinate the President of the United States
A life worth a billion dollars in Chinese gold!


American intelligence had intercepted the message. The Red Chinese were paying one billion dollars to have the US President killed. The money was used to create a super weapon out of five convicted murderers. But the US could not act without proof. This was a mission for only one person, Nick Carter, Killmaster. The nation waited in horror as Nick battled the insurmountable odds. Tortured and a young lady was killed as to avert failure. The assassination plot had to be stopped at all costs, the clock was running out fast.



Four people stood in the way
Dona Lanzos: She was filled with hate for the men who killed her lover. She was more than wiling to use her body as a weapon or revenge.

Harry Crabtree: He hated mankind. He was a sadistic hired killer who got a sickening, terrible kick out of his job.

Malcolm Drake: He could not stop hating his crippled and useless body. Having life and death power over others help to ease the pain. He would torture, betray, and murder for power.

Ramon Ramirez: He was a skilled expert at his work. His work was killing, and Nick was to be his victim.


Printing History
Written by Manning lee Stokes (1911-1976)

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Award Books
1st Printing (A276X) November 1967
2nd Printing (A276X) April 1969
3rd Printing (AQ1415) February 1975

Charter Communications Inc
Charter Books
ISBN 441 23765-7
1978

Tandem Books
1st printing (T171) 1967
2nd Printing (426-6461-35) 1972


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Seven Against Greece by Nicholas Browne

Seven Against Greece
by Nicholas Browne

Nick Carter on a blood-soaked mission against one of the worlds most vicious terrorist gang.


The world teetered on the edge of destruction because of seven people against Greece.

The greedy Greek millionaire Papadoru, his fortune was based on betraying his country to the highest bidder.
The evil Chinese agent, General Lin Te-peng, who ran Europe's master spy school.
The revolutionary madman, Gorgas, he lived only fir the pain he could inflict on helpless women.
The beautiful Princess Electra, she as a a man eating tigress who them the gang to their terrifying goals.

There was also an English soldier of fortune, a huge Greek thug, and the man they call "The Black Monk."


The goal was world domination, they were driven by lust for power and to overthrow governments in the Balkans. There were attempts to stop them. The bullet riddled body of an AXE agent was the end of one try. Now there was a more lethal agent, Nick Carter, but he was unprepared for the death trap set by the perfumed beautiful woman.

Bonus Cover

Printing History
Written by Nicholas Browne

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Award Books
1st Printing (A247X) September 1967
2nd Printing (A633X) February 1970
3rd Printing (AN1096) September 1972
4th Printing (AN1096) November 1973
5th Printing (AQ1393) December 1974

Tandem Books
1st printing (T141) 1967
2nd Printing (426-12634-3) 1973

Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day 2021

Memorial Day 2021

Honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.



Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Macao by Manning Lee Stokes

Macao
by Manning Lee Stokes

A Savage Beauty Holds The Key To World Survival



A Time For Death
  • The owner of a notorious London sex club is found butchered, his body hacked to pieces....
  • Portugal's top agent is gunned down in broad daylight, on a crowded street...…
  • A two-bit P.I. from Brooklyn is knifed in the heart, after meddling unwittingly in international espionage....
George Gross Cover

All they had in common was the Princess da Gama, the breathtakingly uniquely depraved creature, Nick Carter's partner in Macao. The Princess was a wild tormented beauty hunter on three continents. The Portuguese wanted to force her into living death. The Red Chinese wanted to turn her into a sex puppet, a helpless pawn in Chicom espionage. The U.S. desperately needed her help. She knew the man whose maniacal whim could start an international holocaust.

Bonus Cover


Printing History
Written by Manning Lee Stokes (1911-1976)

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Award Books
1st Printing (A294X) February 1968
2nd Printing (A294X) 1969
3rd Printing (A294X) 1970
4th Printing (A920S) 1976
5th Printing (AN1099) 1972
6th Printing (AN1099) 1973
7th Printing (AN1099) 1974

Tandem Books/Universal Books
1st printing (T179) 1968
2nd Printing (426-12618-1) 1975
3rd Printing (426-12618-1) 1977

Charter Communications Inc
Charter Books
ISBN 441 51354-9
January 1981

Sunday, May 23, 2021

The Chinese Paymaster by Nicholas Browne

The Chinese Paymaster
by Nicholas Browne

The Cold War Blazes Hot As Killmaster Hunts A Diabolically Clever Double Agent.


A Double Agent Sets Up America For Takeover
Three separate incidents in three different countries. The first incident occurs in a small Chinese village where an old scientist is executed. The next day the CIA learn they have lost one of its most valuable agents. The second incident occurs in the Laotian jungle where an American officer and his guerrilla band are bombed by Chinese planes. An important American operation is sabotaged. The last incident occurs in an posh NYC bar. Thailand's UN delegate is assassinated. Somebody sprays cyanide into the diplomats face hours before he was to vote against China. 


All three incidents were linked to a Red Chinese paymaster. Person, male or female, was unknown. The method of operation was within the US intelligence network. It was determined the paymaster was on a tans-Atlantic jet on the first lap of a charter flight around the world. It was Nick's mission to find the paymaster among the plane's passengers. But somebody has betrayed Nick and the Chinese move in for the kill long before he has boarded the plane.

Bonus Cover


Printing History
Written by Nicholas Browne

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Award Books
1st Printing (A239X) July 1967
2nd Printing (A627X) 1970
3rd Printing (A940S) 1972
4th Printing (AQ1592) 1976

Tandem Books
1st printing (T138) 1967
2nd Printing (426-6496-8) 1972 
3rd Printing (426-17427-5) December 1972
4th Printing (426-17427-5) 1978

Friday, May 21, 2021

The Devil's Cockpit by Manning Lee Stokes

The Devil's Cockpit
by Manning Lee Stokes

Their Movies Are Hardcore And Their Methods Obscene!



The Blue Moon Film Company
Mona McCall: A beautiful ex-Hollywood star and sex darling of the Western World was lending her fame and figure to a Red Chinese pornographic propaganda mill and was lashing America's reputation to a burning stake.

Michael Blackstone: American director and communist. He willingly betrayed his homeland and spilled coils of vileness from his films.

Pamela Martin: English, has the makings for a very deadly spy except that she has been picked for pornographic stardom or else.


Somewhere in the dark streets of Budapest, a pornographic mill was churning out films that proclaimed the hideous decadence of American Imperialism. This assignment takes Nick Carter on a steamy tour of Eastern Europe in search of Blackstone and Mona McCall. Ms Martin is his would be assistant, a half hustler, half spy.

Bonus Cover

Printing History
Written by Manning Lee Stokes (1911-1976)

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Award Books
1st Printing (A 229F ) 1967
2nd Printing (A 229F) 1968

Tandem Books
1st Printing (T138) 1967
2nd Printing (426 6488 7) 19732

Charter Communications Inc
Charter Books
ISBN 441 14298 
1979

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Double Identity by Manning Lee Stokes

Double Identity
by Manning Lee Stokes

Killmaster Hunts His Deadly Double In Tibet


Double Cross
The message over the CIA hotline sent AXE into an uproar. CIA's top man in Tibet had been killed. His dying words had identified his assassin "Nick Carter!" Within hours the real Nick Carter had jumped into Tibet to pick up the trail of his mysterious double. In India the path led through streets thronged with those seeking the fortune offered in reward for Nick's arrest, and on to the remote Pakistani border region where he found the fuse, which once ignited in India, would set off a holocaust that would destroy all the nations of the East


Bonus Cover

Printing History
Written by Manning Lee Stokes (19411-1976)

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Award Books
1st Printing (A 229F ) 1967
2nd Printing (A 923S) 1972

Tandem Books
1st Printing (T243) 1968
2nd Printing (426 7042 9) 1973

Charter Communications Inc
Charter Books
Charter Special Bonus Edition (W/ Strike Of The Hawk) January 1980

Saturday, May 15, 2021

The Golden Serpent by Manning Lee Stokes

The Golden Serpent
by Manning Lee Stokes

A master plot to flood the U.S. economy with millions of counterfeit money


Armed with only a suicide pill, Nick Carter slips south of the border on a mission to stop the ruin of America's economy by a clever diabolical Chinese plot.


Take a Mexican political party that demands the territorial return of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.


Add a Chinese paper factory exporting a fine engraver's five dollar portrait of Abe Lincoln.


Stir with a countess who's made a fortune in cosmetics and is running a strange little kingdom deep in the Mexican jungle.


Mix in the CIA and AXE, prickling each other's sensitivities while the nation and the highest men in government are stumped to stop the ruin of the American economy.


Suddenly the meeting between the CIA and Mr Hawk, the ingredients are mixed together into a little pill handed to Nick Carter. The instructions were very clear, straighten things out or swallow the deadly pill.

Printing History
 Written by Manning Lee Stokes (1911-1976)

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Award Books
1st Printing (A 216F ) 1967
2nd Printing (A 386X) 1968
3rd Printing (A 642X) 1970
4th Printing (A 929S) 1972
5th Printing (AN 1102) 1973
6th Printing (AN 1102) 1974

Grenada Publishing Limited
Mayflower Books
Mayflower Printing (2987-8) 1967
Mayflower Reprint (583 11411 3 2) 1969
Mayflower Reprint (583 11411 3 2) 1970 (2)
Mayflower Reprint (583 11411 3 3) 1974

Charter Communications Inc
Charter Books
ISBN 441 29736-6 
August 1979

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Weapon Of Night by Valerie Moolman

The Weapon Of Night
by Valerie Moolman

N3 Joins Forces With Three Foreign To Save America From Annihilation.


Blackouts!
The eight state blackout of November 1965 had provided a neat scenario for nasty minds. A nation that was totally electrified could be rendered totally helpless. A mere inconvenience could be intensified into a weapon....the weapon of night.


Now was the time for more blackouts, the flashing lights in the sky, the clouds of stinging fog, the public bewilderment rising to mass hysteria. While the destroyers crept from their holes and total annihilation of the people drew nearer and nearer......


Against this crawling espionage the man from AXE joined the three foreign agents to form a quartet of spies one will never forget. They were the only force between the American people and complete destruction. 

Bonus Covers


Printing History
Written by Valerie Moolman

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Award Books
1st Printing (A215F) 1967
2nd Printing (A 385X) 1968
3rd Printing (A 641X) 1970
4th & 5th Printing (AN 1094) 1972, 1974

Grenada Publishing Limited
Mayflower Books
ISBN 583 11327
1968, 1970, 1970, 1974

Charter Communications Inc
Charter Books
ISBN 441 87635
August 1979

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Danger Key by Lew Louderback

Danger Key
by Lew Louderback


The CIA Man Had Bungled Badly
Ralph Benson had made the mistake of contacting his agents openly. He had been on the job too long, and liquor and loss of nerve had caused him to take some incredibly foolish chances. He had been fingered for execution by CLAW, the Chinese Communist secret organization that was smuggling its top agents into Florida under the cover of an influx of Cuban refugees. But Ralph Benson was already dead. A fatal connection with a beautiful woman in a white convertible had taken care of that. Now Nick Carter had been ordered to replace Benson. And Nick would have to go on being a human target named Ralph Benson, a fumbling, bumbling, has been operative, too drunk, sodden and scared to be able to protect himself!


Printing History
Written by Lew Louderback

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Conde Nast Publications, Inc
Award/Tandem Books
1st Printing (A183F) 1966
2nd Printing (A383X) 1968
3rd Printing (A491X) 1969
4th Printing (A491X)  1970
5th Printing (AN1177) 1973

First Tandem Printing 1968
Tandem Reprint (4260 7034 8) 1973

Friday, May 7, 2021

Dragon Flame by Manning Lee Stokes

Dragon Flame
by Manning Lee Stokes


The Fine Art of General Smuggling
The situation was grave. The Chinese had the border sealed up so tight that a fly could not slip through. On the Hong Kong side the vicious group, Tiger Tong, waited and ready to kill anyone who attempted the Generals rescue. The General was badly wounded and was holed up in a temple not a mile from a thousand Chinese troops. Only a fool would try to cross the border and rescue the General. But the fool was none other than Nick Carter of AXE.


Printing History
Written by Manning Lee Stokes (1911-1976)

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Conde Nast Publications, Inc
Award/Tandem Books
1st Printing (A173F) May 1966
2nd Printing (A311X) January 1968
3rd Printing (A311X)1969
4th Printing (A311X) 1970

First Tandem Printing 1968
Tandem Reprint (4260 7026 7) 1973

Friday, April 30, 2021

The Terrible Ones by Valerie Moolman

The Terrible Ones
by Valerie Moolman

The Chicoms called it "Operation Blast" N3 knew it would boil the Caribbean into a sea of turbulent passions and international disaster.


The Master Spy
The Chinese Communists were not sunning themselves in beautiful Dominica. Not by a long shot! And "Operation Blast" was no cute name for a drinking contest. Trujillo's last diabolical joke had left a hundred million dollars in potential munitions money for the war mongers to snap at, a fortune in gold and jewels buried somewhere on the island, hidden right under everybody's nose!


The Chicoms knew their "Operation Blast" could ring the US with the worlds biggest funeral wreath. Voodoo drums throbbed in the Caribbean night. Weird Djuba cries were in the air. And if Nick Carter did not have his hands full with the Communist crape hangers and the fanatic Fidelistos, there were always those beautiful women called "The Terrible Ones" to keep him occupied.

Bonus Covers


Publishing History
Written by Valerie Moolman

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Conde Nast Publications, Inc
Award Books
1st Printing May 1966 (A172)
2nd Printing January 1968 (A310X)
3rd Printing 1969 (A310X)
4th Printing 1970 (A310X)

Mayflower Dell
1st Printing 1968 (8619-8)
2nd Printing 1970 (583-11175)
3rd Printing 1970 (583-11175)
4th Printing 1974 (583-11175)

WH Allen & Co, Ltd
Star Books
1st Printing 1979 (352-30421)