To Love And Yet To Die by Stephen Frances

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Feb 292012
Amateur agent John Gail takes on a madman’s challenge,
in a bizarre mission that marks him as a target of both sides!
He had already lived through what most men could never survive. Now John Gail faces his most terrifying assignment. He has to guard the life of a beautiful and desirable woman, a woman pursued day and night by ruthless men. She was a priceless secret, too dangerous to fall into the hands of a power hungry man who can dictate his own terms to world governments. 
Once again British agent John Gail finds himself on a mission of madness and murder, a mission so mysterious that even he doesn’t know who is enemy is, or why. Only that the encounter, when it comes, will be dangerous, decisive, and deadly!
Printing History
Written by Stephen D Frances
copyright 1966
Published by arrangement with Mayflower Books Ltd.
Award Books
A 602X (1970)
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The New Prologue website

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Feb 292012

On Thursday March 1, 2012, F&W and Adams Media announce the premier of their new ebook website, Prologue, which will feature many of the vintage mystery and genre fiction authors of the past 100 years. Created by Ben LeRoy, the editor of Tyrus Books, it’s a great list of the known and the not-so-known.

They’ve got authors like Gil Brewer, Andrew Coburn, Robert Colby, Richard Deming, Fletcher Flora, William Gault, Orrie Hitt, Frank Kane, Henry Kane, Ed Lacy, Dan J. Marlowe, Wade Miller, Helen Nielsen, Vin Packer, Kin Platt, Peter Rabe, Charles Runyon, Louis Trimble, Jack Webb, Harry Whittington….and that’s just for starters.

There’s lots more to come: science fiction, romance, westerns, young adult, horror, and more mysteries.

Visit the Prologue website at, or check out online booksellers like or Barnes & Noble. We think you’ll be nicely surprised at the number of books being made available. As the site says, this is a “living record” of genre fiction. And this is just the beginning.

Introducing The Hunted and The Dame

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Feb 292012

Introducing The Hunted and The Dame by Dave Zeltserman

The Hunted and The Dame are the first two ebooks in what I hope readers will find an exciting new novella series from me that mixes hardboiled crime with government conspiracy. Each of these are going to be between 85-110 pages long, which I think is the perfect length for Kindle reading.

The Richard Stark/Parker influence in these will be evident from the sparse prose, the crime heist in The Dame (and heists in future novellas), and the name of my anti-hero, Dan Willis (Parker’s cover identity in the early books was Chuck Willis), and while I think Parker fans are going to enjoy these they’re still very different. The government conspiracy running through these books will make them very different.



Davy Jones

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Feb 292012

From Mark Evanier’s New From Me about Davy Jones:

What makes it doubly-sad is that some of us got to meet him just 18 days ago at the Hollywood Show out in Burbank. He had a long line of autograph-seekers and folks who just wanted to meet him and tell him what his work meant to them. As I explained here, he could not have been more gracious and nice to his fans. Shelly Goldstein (seen in a video not far below these words) was one such admirer. She complimented him on his work on stage in Oliver! and he started singing a song from that score for her, a cappella and all the way through to the end. An hour or so later, he saw her walking by and he sprinted out from behind his table to gift her with a CD he was selling there that contained a medley of Oliver! tunes. She was amazed not only at his generosity but at the sheer fact that he remembered her and thought to do that. What a shame to lose someone that charming.

Ed here: I was never much of a Monkees fan but I thought Carol King wrote some good songs for them. I’ve read so many conflicting reports about who actually played on the Monkees records–the Monkees of course insisted they did but many many studio musicians have claimed otherwise–that I guess it’s impossible to know for sure. But Mark’s memory of him is certainly a warm one and an especially nice tribute.

When I told my editor Linda he’d died she was upset. “He was the boy all the eighth Catholic girls wanted to date!” Not Bobby Sherman? :)

Paperback 506: The Man Inside (Milo March Mystery 4) / M.E. Chaber (Paperback Library 63-213)

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Feb 292012

Paperback 506: Paperback Library 63-213 (1st ptg, 1970)

Title: The Man Inside (Milo March Mystery 4)
Author: M. E. Chaber
Cover artist: Robert McGinnis

Yours for: $5

Best things about this cover:
  • Yes, Lee Marvin likes your see-through sarong very much.
  • Seriously, this guy is my hero. I want his rough-hewn throne, his shirt, his, let’s say, bourbon, and his, let’s say, companion.
  • The art deco-ish font is … odd. Not throne-odd, but odd.
  • Where Is Her Other Shoe!?

Best things about this back cover:
  • Hell Yeah Wenching! 
  • I want a sweater made of Chaber yarn.
  • “You need not be told …” HA ha. That wins “Most Unnecessary Blurb.”

Page 123~

“Homicide is sending a man. Maybe they’ve already sent him. I threw around as much weight as I could and I think he’ll look you up before he does anything, but don’t expect any more than that. I don’t think he’ll give you any cooperation.”

“I never expect any from a cop,” I said.

Ooh, a quipster who plays by his own rules. He’s the Die Hard of his generation.


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Taking a Flying Leap

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Feb 292012

OK. This has NOTHING to do with mysteries. But today’s the day to wish a “happy birthday” to Frederick. He celebrated his 21st birthday in 1940, so he has officially reached his 39th birthday today. Our best wishes to Mabel as well, to be sure.

Now, to get this into mystery format, WHAT (or who) AM I TALKING ABOUT HERE?

Again, it is NOT mystery related.

Lee Marvin

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Feb 292012

I’ll have another Lee Marvin post later on.