Thursday, September 21, 2017

Stand In For Sin by Marc Brody

A Crime Reporter's Inside Story




Trapeze artist, Hilary Carver got a knife in his back and he was found in the queerest set up for he he had ever came across. What was the mystery hoodoo haunting Darbin's circus? Why did several animals die? How did one go about finding a killer who had no name or or no face? Carver's foster daughter lovely Lauren Wallace pleaded to find the killer. Basso the Clown offered his help. But Marc could have done without him or his queer dwarf, Nahume. Drago Francesco, the voluptuous snake charmer, had a way with snakes, but when a deadly fer-de-lance was found in Brody's bed, he did not want her around anymore. As for Oscar Zimmerman, the loin tamer, and Khoklov, the strong man, Marc could live a lifetime without them! But Yorty, the Runyon type ex criminal, took care of him because he was his "brudder". Phyllis  Vincent, the stripper proved one final thing.....

Printing History
Written by W. H. Williams

Horwitz Publications Inc

Unnumbered Series
September 1956

1st Collector's Edition
June 1958

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Saint Sees It Through by Leslie Charteris

Simon Templar Fights An International Dope Ring


The Saint pits himself against a lovely lady, 
and unflappable psychiatrist, 
and a maze of murder.


The Saint, who sometimes travels under the name Simon Templar, collides with the weirdest group of sinister characters he's ever met, including a mysterious European psychiatrist, a monstrous glandular freak, and a peculiar lady poet. Something sinister linked them all together, and Simon has to find out what it was. The key might be the suave shrink. Then again, it might be Avalon Dexter, the sexy singer with the sincere smile. And the gift for getting The Saint tangled up in the murderous riddle.


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

The Crime Club (USA)
1946

Hodder and Stoughton  (UK)
1947 

Avon Publications, Inc
T-619
First Printing May 1951
Second Printing November 1954

Curtis Books
07209 

Trivia
This was the final full-length novel featuring Templar to be solely written by Charteris, as the author chose to concentrate on short stories and novella-length Saint stories hereafter.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Midnight Never Comes by Jack Higgins

A swift and deadly tale of intrigue and espionage set against the backdrop of the Scottish Highlands


Paul Chavasse had everything a good agent needed. Flair, ingenuity, a superb intelligence, common sense, plus a willingness to kill. Now he was part of the walking wounded. So badly hurt on his last mission they figured he was through. But Paul was far from through. A few months of special training and he was ready to take on one of the most dangerous men of the world. Max Donner, a millionaire with his own private army and a plan for stealing Britain's newest secret missile. Chavasse was ready for Max Donner. But he was not ready for Donner's beautiful stepdaughter, Asta. 


Printing History
written by Harry Patterson (1929-)

copyright 
1966 by Martin Fallon

Fawcett Gold Medal Books
M3190
February 1975

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Corpse Came Calling by Brett Halliday

Mike Shayne is accused of homicide after a dying man stumbles into his office

Robert McGinnis Cover
A corpse dropped in for cocktails 
Mike Shayne was more than a little disturbed. The police were not pleased either. How, they asked, could a man with three bullets in his chest drive to Mike's apartment, cross the lobby, take the elevator, and die only after he had reached Mike's door.  A good question and Shayne had to find an answer. Especially since it seemed so obvious that the principal cause of death had to be.... Mike Shayne.


Printing History
Written by Davis Dresser (1904-1977)

Dodd, Mead, and Company
1942

Dell Publishing Company
#168
April 1947

#342
September 1949
 
#842
March 1955
#D401
January 1961

#1496 
March 1964

Bonus Cover



Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Sky Block by Steve Frazee

They were out to kill him before he could find the secret weapon that would destroy America
 


The secret weapon of an unseen enemy.....
Vencel had known the mountain when he was a boy. He had climbed it, hunter on it, fished in its streams. But when he cane back, he found the mountain a place of swiftly spilling blood and sudden death. Vencel turned into an angry, vengeful man, and he swore to flush out the terrifying menace of Blue Peak. But no man alone could fight the barbarous enemy hidden deep inside the mountain. So Vencel joined the team of army brass, FBI agents, and the nation's top scientists. All of them caught up in a desperate hunt for the most devastating weapon ever devised for the destruction of mankind.....

Robert Mcguire
Printing History
Written by Steve Frazee

Rinehart & Company, Inc
1953

Lion Library 
1954
LL-3

Pyramid Books
1958
PG13

Mayflower Dell
1964

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Journey Towards Doom by James Gant

Untold Stories Of A War Correspondent


With five men and two women in the lifeboat there was no room for a murderer....
After that night of flames and horror, there were seven of them left in the lifeboat. The Kents, who had hated one another for twenty years. Janice Ballinger, beautiful, courageous and enigmatic, escaping from blackmail and fear into horror and death. Stratton, one of the three men who knew Janice Ballinger for what she really was. Frank Green, the steward, knew Janice, too. And so did Bob Clark. Then there was the seventh man, the man who would murder, silently, in the night. When all were sleeping.

Printing History
Written by James Gant

Horwtiz Publication, Inc
No 13
April 1958

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Doomsday, 1999 by Paul MacTyre

Legacy For The Last Men


Offspring Of Atomic Catastrophe
What would  happen if man's mastery of the world was suddenly snatched away by a new and more advanced type of life? This is the startling premise of this story. It fell to two people to face the news that mankind was about to follow the dinosaurs off the Earth's stage. one was Angus, veteran of a defeated western army in a world devastated by atomic warfare. The other was Liu, woman officer of a conquering army she already knew was destined for destruction. How these two found the new master species and what they did about it is an exciting and thought provoking science fiction adventure.

Printing History
written by Robin James Adam (1924-    )

Ace Books, Inc
F-201
1963

Original Title
Midge
1962 UK
 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Crimebeat Crisis by Hank Janson

Crimebeat Crisis

Press Conference

In this line a guy has to keep his eyes and ears wide open and his feet on the ground. Else when a break comes along or maybe a cute honey drifts into the sights he's there with his pants down. You can quote him that his proven recipe for getting himself a big load of trouble is to settle down with a good bottle to figure out the works of a good story. Within seconds its a matter of life and death on the blower, or a damsel in distress on the door step.

Printing History
Written by Stephen Frances

Roberts and Vinters Ltd 
F237
1964
 

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Silent Man by Clay Anthony

He knew too much to live!



“You’re in real trouble, pilgrim,” the deputy said. “Bill Thompson was one of the most popular men in these parts. He was as straight as a gunbarrel. Everybody liked him.”

Ormsby’s only reply was a nod as he sat down on his bunk.

“You’ve got just one chance,” Rice said. “You tell everything you know about the Gibb Gang and maybe they won’t fit a hemp necktie around your throat. I cain’t promise you anythin’, but there’s a chance the judge might be lenient, I guess.”

“I’ll speak to no one but the Chief Marshal from Topeka,” Ormsby said.

Rice’s eyes narrowed. “I ain’t good enough for ya?”

“The Chief Marshal,” Ormsby repeated.

“Sassy bastard, ain’t ya? Well, we’ll see how cocky you are when you hear a couple hundred people outside bayin’ for your blood. And it’ll happen, I’ve got no doubt about that.”

Printing History
written by Don Haring

Cleveland Publishing Company
Cleveland Western
#1573
n/d

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