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
February 1966
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
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)

by Simon and Schuster, Inc

by Pyramid Books

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Amazing Stories June 1946

Amazing Stories

Arnold Kohn

Luder Valley
by Richard S Shaver (1907-1975)

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

Graphics Publishing Company
Graphic Books
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
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

Signet Books
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

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  


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
February 1963

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Revolt Of Abbe Lee by James MacBrian

She Always Got Her Way
No Matter What The Cost

Cover by Tom Miller
Beware Of Abbe Lee!
She was Abbe Lee..luscious, nubile, amoral..a girl ready to revolt because she'd always been ignored by the domineering males in her family. Jacob, her father, and Michael, a brother. It was time for revenge.

Only one way presented itself. To wreck the family business. But what chance does an inexperienced girl, inexperienced in business, that is...have to outmaneuver men who know all the ins and outs of throat cutting? Any other woman night have given up the idea, but Abbe went into battle using the only weapon she had..her willing body.

From then on it was simply a matter of trading certain intimacies for cooperation from the professional destroyers who were suddenly eager to see that Abbe Lee gained her ends.

Printing History
Written by Richard Alan Curtis (1937- )

Monarch Books
April 1964

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Summer Of Sin by Orrie Hitt

Clem Evans learned that Nan was good for him.
Emily was easy for him.
Gloria was a challenge to him
Because she needed more than a man!

Summertime ..when the lovin' is easy
And nowhere was it easier than Playland Beach. When Clem Evans arrived on the hot sands, cute beauties in bathing suits threw themselves at him. In Particular there was Nan Gordon, who had her own perverse ideas of what a man should be, and do. And there was Emily, a sultry brunette, so generous that her favors covered the waterfront. There was Gloria Darnell, too, the blonde temptress who was a wholly new experience for him. Gloria was hard to please and impossible to trust, and the delights she gave Clem were only means to a dangerous end. In her embraces Clem was helpless, caught in an erotic web from which there seemed no escape........Until the night he opened the bedroom door and saw for himself to what depraved depths her lusts had driven her! 

Printing History
Written by Orrie Edwin Hitt (1916-1975)

Universal Publishing And Distributing Corp
Beacon Books

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Harem by Louis Charles Royer

"One Woman Isn't Enough"
the artist said

Shocked by stories of his artist brothers unconventional life  on the primitive isle of Port Cros, Michel Faulcroix abandoned his respectable banker's existence in Paris for the role of the reformer. Like an avenging prophet, he sought to destroy his brother's Mediterranean paradise where three exotic women and one man shared a strange pact of marriage. What Michel discovered, and how he was tempted by the Bohemian life.

Printing History
Written by Louis Charles Royer

Greenberg Publishing
January 1932

Dell Publishing Company
January 1952

Pyramid Books

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Framed In Guilt by Day Keene

Keene's First Novel

Bob Stanton said he didn't know the girl. He said he didn't remember a wife and child in England. He said he hadn't married anyone ever. Then Eve appeared, Eve, blinded in the blitz, who had only her memories of the husband who never came back. Hi-Lo,  pounds of full blooded Sioux, had been through lots of scrapes with Stanton. But murder was one thing, and deserting a beautiful wife, blinded by war, was another. Stanton said he was framed! Well, at least one man agreed with him. Inspector Treech thought he was Framed in Guilt!

Printing History
Written by Gunnar Hjerstedt (1904-1969)

M.S. Mill Company
Graphic Books 

Stark House Press

Monday, March 12, 2018

Dressed To Kill by Milton Ozaki

Boy Meets Body

Cover by Walter Popp

The car was hot, and so was the blonde who drive it. A smart shamus like Rusty Forbes should have known better than to hole up with her in a tourist cabin. By the time that little picnic was over, he found himself custodian of a corpse and on the trail of enough loot to stock a department store. To bad for Rusty that some of Chicago's rougher citizens viewed the situation with alarm. It wasn't enough that the corpse brought the cops down on him. He also had to battle a horde of hoodlums. Fortunately, the hot blonde had a cool friend, even bigger and blonder. She gave Rusty, among other nice things, a tip on how to come out of the deal with a buck or two. Whereupon he quit being a fugitive for justice and dished it out instead, with the aid of his pet .38 equalizer!

Printing History
Written by Milton K Ozaki (1913-1989)

Graphic Books
January 1954

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Strange Sisters by Fletcher Flora

She Dared Enter a Lesbian World

A beautiful young lesbian, Kathy, falls into relationships with women. However, feeling unnatural, she starts to experience bouts of depression that become so intense and protracted, that she tries to escape by letting a man she meets in a bar date her. When the man makes a sexual advance at her, Kathy is so overcome by repulsion that she attacks him violently.

Printing History
Written by Fletcher Flora (1914-1968)

Pyramid Books 

Lion Books
July 1954

Monday, March 5, 2018

Backfire by Dan Marlowe

He Fell In Love With Another Cop's Wife
Then Had To Go Out And Find His Killer

Stakeout For A Killer
They were tough, ambitious cops, Marty Donovan and Tony Alfieri, a good precinct team. They agreed on most things except dames. Tony chased anything in skirts and Marty hated the look of  Lenore Alfieri's face every time her husband cheated. Hated it enough to fall in love with her himself. Then Lenore dreamed up the stakeout, the unauthorized stakeout to catch the murderous jewel who was baffling Headquarters. No one could tell that it would end with Tony bleeding his life away on the jewelry shop floor while his killer escaped. Marty was caught in a squeeze. HE had to build a cover of deceit and lies to protect Lenore and save his badge.

But the job seemed impossible. Somewhere in 
the city was a killer whose face he'd never seen. 
But the killer had seen his.....

Printing History
Written by Dan J Marlowe (1914-1986)

Berkley Medallion Books
G 575 
November 1961

Saturday, March 3, 2018

This Is For Real by James Hadley Chase

When a woman turns up in Paris with information to sell to the CIA, is it for real? It soon becomes clear that it is, and the CIA aren't the only ones to realize it

Robert Henry Carey was a spy who had defected to Russia and when the news leaked out that he had changed sides again an intensive and ruthless manhunt was on. From the glamour and nerve shattering noise of Paris the hunt switches to the violent and scorched wastelands of Senegal, West Africa.

There is Fat Rossland who doesn't recognize trouble when it sits on his lap:
Girland, a dissatisfied agent who is greedy for money and women:
Dualnay who fatally plays the ends against the middle:
Radnitz, the sinister tycoon with a past:
And finally Malik, the blonde Russian, with whom Girland tangles in a deadly battle of wits:

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

Robert Hale 

The Thriller Book Club

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Vengeance Is Mine by Mickey Spilliane

Mike Hammer Thriller

Chester Wheeler was a nice guy. Now he's dead. That's all Hammer knows about the stiff in the hotel room. But that isn't enough because Hammer suspects murder while the cops are calling it a suicide. Without a license or a gun, Hammer is pushing his way through a swirl of sex-and-game clubs, high priced models and not just a little blackmail. Someone is working hard to frame Hammer and he's working hard to find out why. Everywhere he turns, he keeps coming up against a blonde beauty named Juno. She holds the key to the crime wave that could unlock the mystery behind the nice guy's murder.

Printing History
Written by Frank Morrison Spillane (1918-2006)

  E.P Dutton

Signet Books

August 1962

Monday, February 26, 2018

High Tide Temptress by Marc Brody

She's Floating A Racket To Land Brody In A Crime Wave.........

She had the whole male clientele yelling their heads off and screaming for more, all except Brody. He was trying to figure out why a lush thrush like Gina Crespi was singing in a city as small and drawing a tenth of the pay she'd rate in New York....

Maybe she was looking for something....

Back in her dressing room after the show Marc began to get the idea was looking at him had the hottest espionage story to hit the headlines for ten years, and she wanted to trade it to Uncle Sam for entry to the U.S. for her lover, Tony Esposito, who was lammed out of the States to the Far East a while back when the FBI closed in on his pals in the Defense Department..... 

Gina figured Brody was just the guy to sell Washington on the story, and the payoff, the press scoop of the century.......

But it was the third one that had Marc figuring that he wouldn't live long enough to make those front page banner headlines....

Printing History
Written by W.H. (Bill) Williams

 Horwitz Publication, Inc
Numbered Series 
September 1958


Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Needle by Sloane Britain

Man Or Woman, Sister Or Brother: Her Lust Knew No Bounds! 

Pitilessly exposes the depravity 
of the true addict, who takes lovers 
without number, performers every 
heinous vice, in order to embrace her 
one true love.........the needle!

Printing History
Written by Elaine Williams ( - 1964)

Universal Publishing And Distributing Corp
Beacon Book

Friday, February 23, 2018

Silhouette by Larry Kent

I Hate Crime

Murder Has a Shape....
..................All Curves!

Printing History
Written by Don Haring

Cleveland Publishing Company

Monday, February 19, 2018

Lust Shop by John Dexter

Passion Wrecks Were Sin-fixed In This....

Imported Sin!
Sports cars! Pete was a wiz at making them purr like a kitten...Even whizzier with their owners if they happen to be delightful vixens like Chris, the blond who wants Pete to preform a special service for her. Or like  Rhoda, with her elusive husband and lonely house. Like Angel Child who takes Pete to his first orgy and revels with him in all the shame and degradation. Like Thelma, who unwittingly preforms so very close...until the police close in with sirens and damnation screaming loudly....

Printing History
Written by John Dexter

Evening Reader
ER 731
April 1964

Friday, February 16, 2018

Soft In The Middle by Michael Storey

The Ultimate Spy Caper!

Michael Dove, superstud, down on his luck mystery writer who likes sex and sadism mixed with reality, has gotten into something big. A tempting twenty year old has turned up naked in his bathtub with an offer he finds hard to refuse. If he protects her while she blackmails her husband for a million, Dove with get a piece of the money, too. It all looks good, until he is almost killed by a car and two powerful espionage forces try to slice him to ribbons. Then Dove realizes he's smack in the center of a bone chilling intrigue, and suddenly finds himself going.....

Soft In The Middle

Printing History
written by Michael Storey

Alfred A Knopf, Inc
May 1972

Dell Publishing Company
May 1975

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Midwood Double Play

Two Girls Come Of Age

Already Taken
by Joan Ellis
The story of a beautiful girl who goes to New York to find happiness and a husband, but she picked a man who was already married.

First Try
by Dorothy Worden
The story of Jinnie Zane, innocent and beautiful, who found that the road to success takes many unexpected turns and often brings one back to the starting point.

Printing History

A Midwood Book
copyright 1966

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Today I celebrate my 500,00th visitor
Here's to the next 500,000


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Toll For The Brave by Jack Higgins

Toll For The Brave

Ellis Jackson woke up hugging a twelve-bore shotgun. In the next room, his mistress and his best friend lay naked on the bed, their heads blown to pulp. Back in England at last, Ellis Jackson had finally cracked. Active combat, a Viet Cong prison camp and the callous treachery of his lover and interrogator, Madam Ny, had taken their toll. Ellis Jackson was out of his mind. Or was he?
Maybe it would all have been easier to take if he really had been mad

Surviving a helicopter crash, Ellis Jackson is taken prisoner in Vietnam and placed in a special camp designed for brainwashing. His beautiful captor, Madame Ny, seduces him into confusion, but fellow prisoner Brigadier General James Maxwell St. Clair, provides him his only link to sanity and his only link to escape. What happens 20 years later brings him full circle.

 Printing History
Written by Henry Patterson (1929- )

1971 by Jack Higgins

Fawcett Gold Medal Books
February 1976


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Red Guard (Dutch Edition) by Manning Lee Stokes

De Rode Wacht

Dutch Edition of The Red Guard

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

Born NV
Nick Carter #34
D 175
ISBN 90 283 0299

Monday, January 22, 2018

Amazing Stories November 1946

Cover Art by Arnold Kohn


The Return Of The Sathanas
by Richard S Shaver (1907-1975) and Bob McKenna

Haunted Metropolis 
by Chester S Geier (1921-1990)

The Secret Of Lord Fennel
by Frank G Heiner

The Man Who Went Nowhere
by John de Courcy and Dorothy de Courcy

Side Street 
by Leroy Yerxa (1915-1946)

Atala Rim 
by J. S. Harrison

Command Performance
by Berkeley Livingston (1909-1975)

Printing History
Published by 
Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, November 1946
Volume 20 No 8

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Sob Sister Cries Murder by Carter Brown

Her Story Scared 
A Gangster's Moll 
Right Into 
The Killer's Arms.....

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

Transport Publishing Co
Horwitz Publications, Inc

Unnumbered Series

Second Collectors' Series
w/Maid For Murder
Volume  1  #6

Reprinted by Demand Series #27
September 1960

Bonus Covers

Bernard Backburn Cover

Monday, January 15, 2018

Have A Change Of Scene by James Hadley Chase

Have A Change Of Scene

It isn't often a diamond expert from Paradise City becomes an unpaid welfare worker in a poor, industrial town like Luceville. But Larry Carr had gone there for a purely selfish reason, to help him forget the terrible tragedy which had ruined his life and career. At first the dirt and dishonesty of the town appalled him, but them slowly, he became a part of it. He found himself enjoying the violence and the terror of like in the slums. But most of all he enjoyed being the slave of red haired Rhea Morgan, a sensual beauty whose profession was crime. Obsessed by Rhea, Larry agreed to steal a diamond necklace for her worth 1.5 million dollars, but he hadn't bargained on committing murder too......

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

Robert Hale 

Corgi Books
ISBN 552 09648

Bonus Covers

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Date With A Dead Man by Brett Halliday

Mike Shayne
The Private Eye With  Top Form
Dives In A Case Of Mysteriously Missing Persons
And A Couple Of Million Bucks

The Nifty Nympho
She was rich but not rich enough, married but hungry for lovers, and would happily liquefy herself into oblivion at the pop of a cork. Mike Shayne was the solution to all her problems if she mixed her business and pleasure tight. A simple concoction of bribery and bed. But Shayne wouldn't buy it. All he wanted were some fast answers to some easy questions, not the least important of which was why a not so nice girl like that had made a date with a dead man.

Printing History
Written by Davis Dresser (1904-1977)

Dodd, Mead & Co

John Long

Dell Publishing 
September 1960 
Robert McGinnis Cover
February 1967
Robert McGinnis Cover
July 1974

Friday, January 5, 2018

Alias The Saint by Leslie Charteris

The Saint

Professor Ramses Smith-Smyth-Smythe of Timbuctoo was a firm believer in the cheerful hospitality of the English countryside, until he registered for the night at the Beacon Inn, where: first his waiter fed him knock out drops, and then the chauffeur wrecked his car, and then the porter ransacked his bags.

Of course, the fact that Professor Smythe was 
Alias The Saint
Might have had some effect on the temperature of his welcome

And before the night was over, Simon Templar managed to put just a little more tarnish on his notorious halo. All in the cause of Truth and Justice of course!

Printing History
Written by Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin (1907-1993)

Hodder and Stoughton 
May 1931
Includes the short stories:
The Story of a Dead Man
The Impossible Crime
The National Debt

Ace Charter Books 
January 1980
ISBN 441 01350
Includes the short stories:
The National Debt
The Man Who Could Not Die

Bonus Cover