Saturday, April 21, 2018

Nice Fillies Finish Last by Brett Halliday

Mike Shayne, the fastest moving private eye of all, 
bets his life he can beat a murderous mastermind to the finish lane.


Daily Double
The first luscious lady Mike Shayne ran into was a sweet young thing named Win who had the tiniest bikinis, the fewest of inhibitions, and the roughest, toughest of husbands. The second siren who put herself in his path was a blonde beauty named Claire, who had more money than morals, and whose loving husband gave her free rein. The big, red headed detective would have liked to spend more time with both of them, but he was in a race against death, on a track littered with corpses, and a vicious killer held the whip hand.......


Printing History
Written by Robert Tarrell

Dell Publishing Company
#6361
February 1966
 1970
December 1976
Bonus Cover

Robert McGinnis Cover


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Crimson In The Purple by Holly Roth

A Beautiful Victim In A Mansion Of Murder

Cover by Robert Maguire
Fear
The brakes on her cr failed, almost catapulting her to death. Yet two hours later a mechanic could fin nothing wrong with them. The agonies of  "ptomaine" gripped her three times in eight days. Yet the rest of her family was unaffected by the same food. And twice someone had come into her room in the dead of night. They had not attacked, not spoken. They had just stood there, breathing. It could have been  meant that someone wanted to murder her. Or she could have imagined it all.....

But that would mean she was going mad.


Printing History
Written by Holly Roth (1916-1964)

1959 
by Simon and Schuster, Inc

1959
by Pyramid Books
G372

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hell's Angels by Hank Janson

Her life was a paradise of sex and drugs, but she lied one hell of a death

Cover by Robert Maguire

There's really nothing wrong with carrying a lady's suitcase, except when the "lady" is playing one for a sucker and the suitcase is loaded with sweet dreams for ten thousand junkies. But that's exactly what happens when Hank Janson's very chivalrous instincts backfire and a couple of casual dates explode into a deadly international affair.

Printing History
Written by Stephen D Frances (1917-1989)

The New International Library, Inc
Gold Star Books
IL7-16
1964

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Amazing Stories June 1946

Amazing Stories

Arnold Kohn
Contents

Luder Valley
by Richard S Shaver (1907-1975)

Agharti
by Heinrich Hauser (1901-1955)

The Brothers Shenanigan 
by David V. Reed (1914-1994)

To Whom It May Concern
 by Millicent Holmberg

Printing History

June 1946
Volume 20 No 3

Saturday, April 7, 2018

This Kill Is Mine by Dean Evans

 This Kill Is Mine

Cover by Oliver Brabbins

If A Body Meets a Body....!

When you hire out to a crooked million, you can expect your pay in mayhem! But there were compensations, Arnold Weir figured. A couple prime blondes, a coupe prime emeralds...And what did he have to lose, except somebody else's life? 

Of course, the thing he could not lose produced all the trouble! Like  the cop named John Doe. The homicide trail leading straight to his own door. The girls, and the goons, and the weirdest murderer ever to stalk the city.....

A Kill-Crazy Corpse!

Printing History
Written by Dean Evans

Abelard-Schuman, Inc
1955

Graphics Publishing Company
Graphic Books
#131
1956
 
Trivia
Original title was
No Slight Whisper


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Underground Cities Contract by Philip Atlee

Joe Gall Tracks Down Double-Dealing Turkish Terrorists



There was a large sealed envelope awaiting for Joe. Just when I need, he thought. Another contract. Another errand for the murderous butcher's boy.

But that's the way it went for Joe Gall, top secret nullifier, the governments ace hit man and blue ribbon executioner. Joe was tired of playing the bad Good Guy. But he was so good at being bad, or vice versa, they wouldn't let him cop out. Which is why the very dirty and dangerous job of liberating three American agents captured by Turkish terrorists became Joe Gall's baby. Bastard might be more accurate. Because nothing about this deal was legitimate. Except Joe. He was the real thing.

Printing History
Written by James Atlee Phillips (1915-1991)

Fawcett Gold Medal
M2925
February 1974

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Double Shuffle by James Hadley Chase

She Was Worth One Million Dollars...Dead

 
Insured: For Sudden Death
Who persuaded the gorgeous burlesque queen to insure herself for on million dollars?
Who knew that there was one way to kill her that no one could ever foresee?
Who discovered an amazing family coincidence just in time to make a monstrously clever murder possible?

Oliver Brabbins Cover
These were the baffling questions that Steve Harmas' boss at the insurance company expect him to answer when the company found itself stuck with the strangest policy in the world. Steve and his never at a loss wife, Helen, track down the shrewdest killer.

Printing History
Written by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond (1906-1985)

Gannet Press
1953

Signet Books
#1113
June 1954

Monday, March 26, 2018

Country Girl by Joan Ellis

He was her only chance of escaping the boredom of small-town life and it was a chance she was determined to take!

Paul Rader Cover


The Impatient Age

She wanted to make him notice her, to see how ripe and restless she was, to sense her hunger for big city glamour and excitement.

She wanted to tell him what she  was willing to do in return for a ticket away from the nothingness of her dull existence.

She wanted to prove to him that a girl from the wrong side of the tracks knew more about pleasing a man than any spoiled and sophisticated college girl.

She wanted to show him i n a dozen different ways how grateful she would be if only he'd giver a chance to be something more than a country girl.

Printing History
Written by Julie Ellis

Tower Publications, Inc
Midwood Books
32-579
1965

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Backstairs by L.K. Scott

A Society Woman's Strange Craving

Cover by Jim Bently

Four People Caught In A Riptide Of Raw Emotions

Lydia-Behind her mask of genteel respectability, hidden desires smoldered and flamed.

Fredrick-He was torn between his sister's adoration and the servant girl's love.

Mollie- The maid. Her bewitching innocence and willing lips proved more dangerous than her mistress's corruption. 

Clyde-The road gang tough who held the key to Mollie's past, and discovered the meaning of Lydia's strange craving....

Cover by Jerome Podwil


Printing History
L.K. Scott

Almat Publishing Corp
Pyramid Books  
#103
1953

F850
1963



Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Nude Running by Clayton Matthews

She Was A Power Hungry Woman Who Used Love As A Weapon

Cover by Rafael M deSoto
Vengeance.........drove Steve Temple back to Reesville to fight Mona Alcott, the 'lady" D.A., who sent his father to prison eight year before.

Corruption.....was the keynote of Mona's powerful political machine, and she used every unladylike means to enforce her rule. 

Steve was determined to stop her in any way he could, in spite of the fact he was falling for Mona's naive young daughter, Laurie. Joining forces with reform candidate Luther Kelso, Steve started a campaign aimed at Mona's greatest source of revenue, girls, gambling, and gin. But Steve did not count on Mona's insatiable thirst for money and power. With her political ambitions threatened, Mona proved she wasn't a lady but a tiger, ready to offer her own daughter as a sacrificial lamb to protect her empire of sin.

Printing History
Written by Clayton Hartley Matthews (1918-2004)

Monarch Books
#331
February 1963