Monday, July 10, 2017

The Chinese Gold Murders by Robert van Gulik

Gold Smuggling, 
A Floating Brothel, 
An Ingenious Murder Weapon

Judge Dee is a recently appointed magistrate to the miserable town/district of Peng-lai. His predecessor has been murdered and so Judge Dee must investigate. The investigation is made more complex due to the disappearance of his chief clerk as well as the new bride of a wealthy local shipowner. Meanwhile, a tiger is terrorizing the district, the ghost of the murdered magistrate is stalking members of the court, a prostitute has a secret message for Judge Dee, and the body of a murdered monk is found to have been placed in the wrong grave. What could possibly relate all these events?

Printing History
written by Robert Hans van Gulik (1910-1967)

Michael Josephs (UK)
Harper & Brothers (US)
Dell Publishing Company
August 1963

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The 39 Steps by John Buchan

The Thirty-Nine Steps

  Set during May and June 1914 when war was evident in Europe, Richard Hannay the protagonist and narrator, returns to his new home in London, after a long stay in Rhodesia to begin a new life. One night he is interrupted by a stranger, a well-traveled American, who claims to be in fear for his life. The man appears to know of a plot to destabilize Europe, beginning with a plan to assassinate the Greek Premier during his forthcoming visit to London. The man reveals his name to be Franklin Scudder, a freelance spy, and remarks that he is dead. Scudder explains that he has faked his own death in order to avert suspicion. he then claims to be following a ring of German spies called the Black Stone who are trying to steal British plans for the outbreak of war. Hannay lets Scudder hide in his flat, and sure enough the next day another man is discovered having apparently committed suicide in the same building. Four days later Hannay returns home to find Scudder dead with a knife through his heart. He decides to go into hiding in Scotland and it goes down hill from there. The plot is eventually thwarted, and the United Kingdom enters the First World War, having kept its military secrets from the enemy.

The Movies
1935 Film
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll

1959 Film
Directed by Ralph Thomas

Kenneth More and Taina Elg 

1978 Film
Directed by Don Sharp

Robert Powell and Karen Dotrice

2008 Film
Directed by James Hawes

Rupert Penry-Jones and Lydia Leonard

Printing History
written by John Bucan (1875-1940)

William Blackwood and Sons

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Seven Footprints To Satan by A Merritt

An American explorer was catapulted into a strange and seductive world of evil ruled by Satan himself.

The most beautiful and powerful people in the world had bargained with the Devil. They played Russian Roulette with seven footprints to world domination, and lost. They had become subject to the Collector of Infernal Revenue...Satan. The Master Player of games would glut his lust with souls and gain world power through diabolical manipulation. But into his collection comes James Kirkham, an American explorer determined to prove that the steps are stacked.
Printing History
written by Abraham Grace Merritt (1884-1943)

Boni & Liveright
ISBN 1-127-49176-6 (1928)

Avon Books 
ISBN 380-00690 (1942)
ISBN 380-20208 (1955)
ISBN 380-02417 (December 1971)

Bonus Cover

Thursday, June 29, 2017

In a Deadly Vein by Brett Halliday

An after dinner blonde....
     sudden death..............

Mike Shayne is on vacation when he met this gorgeous trick with a head of golden hair that's worth half of Fort Knox. Her old man has found a mine worth the other half. Putting them together, she stacks up as a lucky girl. Then she disappears. With her looks, and her old man's loot, Mike figured she's a diamond studded candidate for the morgue. That makes her his dish. After all, murder and blondes are Shayne's business.

Printing History
written by Davis Dresser (1904-1977)

copyright 1943

Mayflower Dell

This exact cover was featured on Frank Kane's Red Hot Ice

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

For Men Only Magazine

For Men Only Magazine
Cover by Mort Kunstler
The Naked Wench
(Original title The Sinners AUS)
(original title The Girl Who Was Possessed USA) 
You can read it here The Sinners
by Carter Brown

"Neutralize The Bridge At Remagen"
by Leon Lazarus

Printing History
published by Newsstand Publications Inc
August 1963

Monday, June 19, 2017

Donna Died Laughing (II) by Carter Brown

Donna Died Laughing

Drew Summers had a quiet, uncluttered life as a theatrical producer and he wondered  it to stay that way. Then The Mostest alias Angela Angelic, hit him with a typhoon. Then somebody got murdered and a couple of thugs beat him up. So Drew bought a gun to be ready for the next time. Drew then bought himself a psychiatrist because his personality changes. 

"Yeah ,I'll say! I am the toughest private eye that ever spat in anybody's eye. When I move in they bury 'em standing up!"

His personality changed and changed......

"As secret agent working for Department X, my mission is quite clear, my dear girl! The solving of the murders is incidental to the unmasking of the beautiful Soviet spy, Olga Pulovsky!"

If it was not for one guy, Drew was another and if he was not him, he was somebody else? The murders? Heck! The three of Drew should not have any trouble solving them, should he?

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

Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series #29 (1956)
Reprinted by Demand Series #8 (June 1959)

 as Naurava kuolema
Alavus Finland (1959)

as Trois Tetes Sous Le Meme Bonnet
Paris France (1959, 1975)

Bonus Cover

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Terror In Paradise by Jim Kent

 Terror In Paradise by Jim Kent

Cover by Col Cameron

Wilms screamed as blood trickled from his legs

He had killed a Jap and that was punishable by a slow and cruel death. Their bayonets pierced his legs and shoulders. The Chinese knife torture was kid's stuff compared to this. Wilms was left hanging as a reminder to the others. Such atrocities were committed on the beautiful island of Paradise.

Printing History
written by Jim Kent
copyright 1970
Scripts Publications 
 ISBN 7252 0072

Friday, June 16, 2017

Winner Take All by Mark Clements

The inside story of the beauty contest racket and the star-struck young girls it corrupts!!!

Paul Rader Cover
  The Finalists

Jeanne....the day she received the telegram, she was in a hotel room, sprawled nakedly across a mussed bed beside a snoring man whose name she couldn't recall.

Louise....the evening she received her telegram, she was in the midst of teaching her youthful boyfriend exactly how she expected him to treat her ...and please her.

Patti...the afternoon she received the telegram, she was throwing a very special cocktail party for a small group of very intimate friends...all of them very attractive and very feminine. 

Printing History
Written by Mark Clements

A Midwood Book
Tower Publications, Inc

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Greek Fire by Glen Chase

Cherry was menaced by a monster and an ex-Gestapo officer!

Beauty and the Beast
Cherry Delight, female agent of D.U.E. (Department of Unusual Events) is sent to Greece to investigate the sighting of an ex-Nazi and mythological creatures... And Cherry would get her man...or beast!

Printing History
Written by Glen Chase

Nordon Publications, Inc
Leisure Books
January 1977

Friday, June 2, 2017

Lust at Leisure by Michael Avallone

Everyone Knew Betty
The Sexpot Of The Suburbs!

An explosive story of a frigid woman who turned into a suburban menace!

Printing History
Written by Micheal Avallone (1924-1999)

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corporation
Beacon Signal Books