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

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