Thursday, August 17, 2017

Feline Frame-Up by Paul Valdez

The Last Scientific Thriller



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

Scientific Thriller
Transport Publishing Co Pty Ltd
Published by Horwitz Publications Inc
May 1952

Monday, August 14, 2017

So Lovely She Lies by Carter Brown

Her Lips Frame The Answer To Highway Murder.........

Grant Roberts Cover
Martin Bern is just a private dick that sits all year round waiting for a case and when he takes a two week vacation. What happens? He gets a corpse and a client. His job? To see that Lea Price isn't charged with murder. That sounds straight forward enough, but Martin guesses El Santara folk think that he is a simpleton. He kept meeting different people with the same names, and the same people with different names, but can Martin get the picture. First there was the blond with the cute smile and the willing ways, until she figured he be more useful to her dead than alive. And the nightclub singer who made news every time she changed her mind. But it was a profitable vacation, all good clean fun, but there were only five murders, weren't there!

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

Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series
#71
October 1958

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Murder Spins The Wheel by Brett Halliday

Mike Shayne, the private eye who digs trouble, 
Gets in deeper than he should in a chilling case of lethal long shots and murder


Sexy
Secy
Theo Moore was the bright and beautiful very private secretary to one of the biggest gambling bosses in Florida. Harry Bass was also Theo's meal ticket, and when people began taking pot shots at him, Theo was distressed to say the least. When Harry called Mike Shayne in to help, Theo offered services to the redhead that went well beyond her required duties. Shayne thought it was terrific, until her secretarial dictation led him into an extremely unbusinesslike situation rife with dirty sex, dangerous drugs, and carefully organized murder.

Printing History
Written by Robert Terrall (1914-)

Dell Publishing Company
#6123
April 1966
November 1974

Other Covers
Robert McGinnis Cover

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Beat The Devil by Clint McCall

Pinto Western #481



If he failed they'd kill his wife!

Printing History
written by J Ashley 

Cleveland Publishing Company
n/d

Friday, August 4, 2017

Meet Me In Darkness by Raymond Banks

Sam King lives up at hotel homicide
Complete with corpses under foot and blondes under beds


Private Detective Sam King is a licensed roving Eye. He is a refugee from Denver, operates his agency out of L. A., and specializes in stolen goods--preferably the kind measuring 36"-24"-36".

A far out inn.......
The Conroy was smaller than the Sheraton, rougher than the Ritz. The room service, however, was the most. Specialties of the house included hot and cold running redheads, built in blonde and a vacation suite reserved for dead folks only.

Printing History
Raymond E. Banks  (1918-1996)

Popular Giant
Popular Library
G495
December 1960
 

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Last Match by David Dodge

Would Interpol Get Him First...
Or Would She?

Cover by William George
 When a handsome swindler working the French Riviera meets a beautiful heiress on the beach at Cannes, sparks fly.  But so do bullets – and soon he’s forced to flee the country with both the police and the heiress on his trail.

From the casinos of Monaco to the jungles of Brazil, from Tangier to Marrakesh to Peru, the chase is on.  And not even a veteran of Monte Carlo’s baccarat tables would dare to place odds on where it will end… 

Printing History
Written by David Dodge (1910-1974)

Hard Case Crime #25
Dorchester Publishing Company
October 2006
ISBN 8439 5596

Triva
The manuscript, which remained unsold at the time of his death, was discovered among his papers and is the first new Dodge material to be published in 35 years.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mansion Of Evil by Caroline Farr

Lovely Diane Montrose came to the mansion called Ravensnest to save a life.
And finds her own threatened as she seeks love in a house shadowed by death.


Violent Death Stalked The Towering Cliffs Of Ravensnest
Lapped by the Gulf Of Maine waters, Ravensnest brooded like a specter from the past, over the fishing town of Tregoney. To the gloomy ruin of a mansion came beautiful Diane Montrose on a nursing assignment.

More than illness threatened the life of her young charge, Robyn Warburton, whose Mother perished under mysterious circumstances. Diane found herself drawn into a web of evil. What was the terrible secret that dominated everyone's lives at Ravensnest? What horror was hidden in the cell, hewn from the living rock of the cliffs below it? What was the danger that lurked in Diane's attraction to David Warburton, heir to the family's fortune?

Printing History
Richard Wilkes-Hunter (1906-1991)

Horwtiz Publications Inc
1966

Signet Books
D3008
November 1966 

T4858
December 1971

Bonus Cover
Australian Edition 


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Force 10 From Navarone by Alistair MacLean (II)

Fontana Books Edition


copyright 1968
Cymbeline Productions Ltd.

Fontana Books 1970
13th Impression August 1974

Originally posted in July 2015

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Chinese Gold Murders by Robert van Gulik

Gold Smuggling, 
Corruption, 
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)
1959
 
Dell Publishing Company
#1265
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

Starring
Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll

1959 Film
Directed by Ralph Thomas

Starring 
Kenneth More and Taina Elg 

1978 Film
Directed by Don Sharp

Starring
Robert Powell and Karen Dotrice

2008 Film
Directed by James Hawes

Starring 
Rupert Penry-Jones and Lydia Leonard

Printing History
written by John Bucan (1875-1940)

William Blackwood and Sons
1915