The Big Sleep (1946)

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Nov 232014
Bogart And Bacall

Directed by Howard Hawks
The first film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel.

Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe
Lauren Bacall as Vivian Sternwood Rutledge
John Ridgely as Eddie Mars
Martha Vickers as Carmen Sternwood
Peggy Knudsen as Mona Mars
Regis Toomey as Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls
Charles Waldron as General Sternwood
Charles D. Brown as Norris
Bob Steele as Lash Canino
Dorothy Malone as Acme Bookstore proprietress
 Private detective Philip Marlowe is summoned to the mansion of his new client General Sternwood. The wealthy retired general wants to resolve gambling debts his daughter, Carmen, owes to bookseller Arthur Gwynn Geiger. As Marlowe is leaving, General Sternwood's older daughter, Mrs. Vivian Rutledge, stops him. She suspects her father's true motive for calling in Marlowe is to find his young friend Sean Regan, who had mysteriously disappeared a month earlier.
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Nov 232014
The 2014 USA Fiction Challenge is heading to the home stretch. This time we visit the state of New York as well as the city of New York. The highlight will be Valerie Frankel's A Body To Die For.


Investigating the suspected infidelities of a former tennis pro's wife, private detective Wanda Mallory becomes an unlikely member of an elite health club, where she uncovers a series of other crimes, including murder.

Printing History
Written by Valerie Frankel

Simon & Shuster, Inc
Pocket Books
ISBN 671 79520
July 1995

E Book
August 2010

Kindle Edition
February 2011

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Nov 222014
A Modern Master

Robert E. McGinnis began his career in 1947 as a cartoonist, and produced his first cover illustrations for 1956 issues of the magazines True Detective and Master Detective. Then in 1958, he painted his first paperback book cover, and from that day forward his work was in demand.

The emergence of the “McGinnis Woman”, long-legged, intelligent, alluring, and enigmatic, established him as the go-to artist for detective novels. His work appeared on Mike Shayne titles and the Perry Mason series, and he produced 100 paintings for the Carter Brown Mystery Series. Yet McGinnis became famous for his work in other genres as well: espionage, romance, historicals, gothics, and Westerns.

McGinnis’s first major magazine assignments were for The Saturday Evening Post, and his work has graced the pages of Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, Good Housekeeping, Guideposts, and others. McGinnis women frequently cropped up in the men’s magazines of the ’60s and ’70s.

His first movie poster was for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with an iconic rendering of Audrey Hepburn. Almost instantly, his poster artwork could be seen everywhere, in theaters, on billboards, in newspapers, and even on soundtrack albums. His work for Hollywood became a who’s-who, with posters for James Bond, The Odd Couple, Woody Allen, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, and many more.

Some of his most ambitious works have been his gallery paintings, often depicting stunning American landscapes, vast Western vistas, and of course, beautiful women. The Art of Robert E. McGinnis collection reveals the full scope and beauty of the work of a true American master—one whose legacy continues today.

Printing History
 Robert McGinnis (1926- )
Art Scott

Titan Books
 1st Edition
November , 2014
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Nov 162014
N3 On A Deadly Manhunt For The 
World's Most Wanted Terrorist!

Killmaster #257
After decades of violence, the Geek and Turkish factions of Cyprus are on the verge of peace. But when three key negotiators are suddenly murdered, the delicate diplomatic process is shattered.  Nick Carter knows the body count has just begun, because the mastermind behind the killings is Drago Vain. The most vicious terrorist in the files of Interpol Vain is poised to seize control of Cyprus in a savage coup. Nick must stop the assassin's takeover at any cost, or the Mediterranean will run red with blood!

Printing History
Written by Jack Canon

Berkley Publishing Group
Jove Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 515 10217
January 1990
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Nov 132014
The game is on in the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge. This time around we visit the Southwest, New Mexico to be exact. The highlight this time will be Tony Hillerman's The Blessing Way

The Blessing Way
by Tony Hllerman

Introducing Joe Leaphorn

When Lt. Joe Leaphorn of The Navajo Tribal Police discovers a corpse with a mouth full of sand at a crime scene seemingly without tracks or clues, he is ready to suspect a supernatural killer. Blood on the rocks...A body on the high mesa...Leaphorn must stalk the Wolf-Witch along a chilling trail between mysticism and murder.

Printing History
Written by Tony Hillerman (1925-2008)

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Nov 112014
12 Million Sale

Clive is summoned to the bedside of his sick father, but before he goes away he arranged for his cousin, Percy to escort Joan to safety. Percy is only too willing to perform the service. Joan is penniless and afraid to face the terrible anger of her father who will certainly kill her after her long absence.

Printing History
Written by Stephen D Frances

Alexander Moring, LTD
January 1959
Printed in Paris France
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The Riddle In Red by Betsy Allen

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Nov 102014
As receptionist in a glamorous advertising agency. 
Connie Blair is faced with a mystery that threatens the agency's biggest campaign

The reception desk of a high-powered advertising agency is a wonderful spot to see everything that goes on, as Connie Blair soon discovers. She is at Reid and Renshaw's not long before she senses big doings afoot. "Cosmetics by Cleo," Reid and Renshaw's biggest account, is about to bring out a new revolutionary product made from a closely guarded secret formula. Everyone at the agency is keyed to high pitch as the huge advertising campaign finally gets under way. From the day the glamorous Cleo herself sweeps into the reception room, Connie is caught up in the general excitement. But soon mysterious developments threaten not only the success of the campaign but Cleo Marville herself. The climax comes when Cleo and the secret formula suddenly disappear.

Printing History
Written by Elizabeth Allen (Betty) Cavanna (1909-2001)

Grosset and Dunlap

Tempo Books
T 100 (1965)

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Nov 082014
The beautiful blonde named Pandora has a box full of murderous tricks that could make a killer .......yell cop.

Grant Roberts Cover
Enterprising Danny Boyd tangles with an enterprising blonde model and an extortion racket that means murder

Barye Phillips Cover

 Blondes can be murder. The ex boss of a narcotics syndicate hires P.I. Danny Boyd to find his wandering brunette daughter. And Danny sets off on a public search that leads him straight to a cold water pad in the Village complete with a red-hot corpse and a sizzling blonde named Pandora. The blond has some torrid ideas about men. When Danny tries to get back on the case, she uses everything she's got to stop him....including lethal kiss this side of murder.

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #80 (September 1959)
Long Story Magazine #7 (February 1960)
International Edition Series #12 1961, (January 1962)
International Edition Series #65 (May 1970)
ISBN 7255 0005

New American Library
Signet Books #1722 (October 1959)

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Nov 072014
We are rolling along in the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge. 
This time we are in New Jersey with the Beth Sherman mystery Dead Man's Float

Dead Man's Float
by Beth Sherman


Annie Hardaway is a reluctant expert on house-cleaning, horticulture, and pet care, who specializes in making some of the country's most famous how-to writers look good in print. But when her long-ago high school crush is found dead in their New Jersey shore hometown, Anne has no idea "how-to" find out the truth.

Printing History
Written by Beth Sherman

Avon Books
ISBN 380 73107
July 1998
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