Dec 132014
Today is anther stop in the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge. The goal is to stop on every state and showcase a title from that state. It looks like I will not be wrapping this up this year, but hope to come close. The next stop is our smallest state of Rhode Island. And also called State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

The Witches of Eastwick
by John Updike

The story, set in the fictional Rhode Island town of Eastwick in the late 1960s It follows the witches Alexandra Spofford, Jane Smart, and Sukie Rougemont, who have acquired their powers after leaving or being left by their husbands. Their coven is upset by the arrival of a devil-like character, Daryl Van Horne. This mysterious Daryl seduces each of the women, encouraging them to play with their powers and creating a scandal in the town.

Printing History
Written by John Updike (1932-2009)

ISBN 394 53760
April 1984

In 1987 the novel was adapted into a film starring Jack Nicholson as Darryl, Cher as Alexandra, Susan Sarandon as Jane, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Sukie

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Dec 132014
Death's Head

It looked like a plain brown package, but what it contained was more explosive than a bomb. Either someone had a bizarre sense of humor, or they just liked to send Paul Donavan, international playboy and meddler in revolutions, the gruesomely grimacing heads of hired terrorists. But Paul was not going to sit around waiting for the next shipment of corpses. Especially when a wealthy brunette beauty volunteered to help him dispose of the terrorists, heads and all. So Donavan, along with two buxom babes and a well trained muscle man, decided to pay the kingpin of killers a surprise visit. be he didn't know who the real kingpin was. And if he did not find out fast, Paul could really lose his head....!

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

copyright 1975
Horwitz Group Books Pty Ltd
Hong Kong 

Horwitz Publications Inc

New American Library
Signet Books
ISBN 451 Y6716
 October 1975
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Dec 092014
He could have quit when he met the sleep walker stripper.
Now it was too late.
He was wanted for murder!

It was sucker bait and he took it!
Floyd Jackson, private investigator and sometime blackmailer, was out of a license and out of dough. So, when he was offered ten crisp hundred dollar bills, he decided to take them. Even though the assignment was robbery. All he had to do was get past some man hungry dogs, break into a millionaire's castle and steal a gold compact. Jackson was smart enough to know it was a phoney proposition. But he didn't figure he'd run into a murder that could be pinned on him.

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

Jarrolds Publishers Ltd.
January 1949

Simon & Shuster Inc
Pocket Books
ISBN 671 75716
August 1972
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Dec 072014
The next stop on our journey to visit each and every state is the Garden State or New Jersey.

Unbalanced Accounts
by Kate Gallison

The year was 1977, when everybody smoked in the office, nobody earned a living wage, bosses called their clerks "my girls", and any idiot could get a job with the State of New Jersey. Onto this scene came down at heel Trenton divorce detective Nick Magaracz. Nick is looking for nine thousand dollars in stolen welfare checks and solving this case looked like a lead-pipe cinch, until the bodies began to fall.

Printing History
Written by Kathleen Gallison Dunn (1939- )

Little Brown and Company 
ISBN 316 30288
April 1986
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Dec 062014
A film star, a corpse, 
and a swimming pool make trouble for Al Wheeler

Police Lt Al Wheeler is out to stop the curvy blonde movie queen being cast in a fatal part. She is Hollywood's hottest property but somebody's cast her as a cold corpse.

Barye Phillips Cover
Stand in for Death
The flaxen haired blonde was very beautiful and very naked, except for the knife she wore in her back. She made a honey of a corpse even though she was the wrong girl for the part. And when the killer discovered the mistake and realized the scene needed to be shot again. California cop Al Wheeler was already on the killer's trail, ready to ring down the curtain on this lethal killer before the killer made some other beauty take her final bow.

Murder in the Cast
The husband: He's a philandering mate, a ham actor, a handsome heel.
The husband's mistress: She's a volcanic brunette in the suggestion of a bikini.
The would be producer: He;s a small man with big, big plans.
The wealthy financier: He was devoted his life to the mad pursuit of money.

Each of these four people had his or her own special reason for wanting to see Judy Manner dead. One of them tried once and will try again, in his or her own sweet time. In this fast paced scorcher, Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler plans a murder to catch a murderer.
Grant Roberts/Robert McGinnis Cover
 Printing History
Written by  Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series #82 Oct 1959
Long Story Magazine #8 March 1960
International Edition #13 Feb 1962
International Edition #66 1970, June 1977

New American Library
Signet Books
1st (1738) November 1959
2nd December 1959(Canada)
3rd (D2827) 1965
4th (Q6402) 1974

Four Square Books
1st (1614) September 1966
 Bonus Covers

Australia (February 1962)

UK (September 1966)

 Australia (June 1977)

Russia (1992)

Mexico (1963)

Finland (1961)

Netherlands (1962)

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Dec 052014
Banned in the UK
Author and Publisher Fined

Not of any particular Miss Callaghan, but of the hundreds of Miss Callaghans who have disappeared from their homes suddenly and mysteriously and are seen no more by those who knew and loved them. This is also the story of Raven, who played with clockwork trains, the leader of the White Slave Ring in East St. Louis, who was responsible for the keeping to full strength the army of women for the service of men.

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

copyright 1941

Black Curtain Press 
May 2013

Bonus Covers

France (1996) (2010)

Kindle (2013)
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Goldfinger (1964)

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Dec 022014
50th Anniversary

James Bond investigates gold smuggling by gold magnate Auric Goldfinger and the eventual uncovering of Goldfinger's plans to attack the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox.

Sean Connery as James Bond  
Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore
Gert Fröbe as Auric Goldfinger
Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson
Harold Sakata as Oddjob
Tania Mallet as Tilly Masterson
Bernard Lee as M
Cec Linder as Felix Leiter
Martin Benson as Mr. Solo
Desmond Llewelyn as Q
Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny 
Directed by Guy Hamilton

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Nov 302014
A Ruthless Drug Lord Keeps N3
And His Sultry Partners On The Run....

Killmaster #258
Somewhere in the tumultuous streets of Singapore, two agents have been cornered by the cities most notorious hit men. and it's up th Nick Carter and his action hungry partner, a luscious CIA bombshell, to get them out alive. But AXE Agent N3 takes on more than he bargained for fighting Fat Chen, leader of the deadliest espionage drug ring in the East. Chen's got high tech weapon power at his command, and Quang, a Soviet pawn, at his side. The ultimate test stands before Nick. Can he infiltrate Chen's deadly circle, and survive a living hell?

Printing History
Written by Jack Garside (1924- )

Berkley Publishing Group
Jove Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 515 10248
February 1990
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Nov 292014
Her Kisses Were A Prelude To Death

"Don't you ever play?"
Anita Pitts voice was low and husky "Sure," said Malloy, "but not with the wives of my clients." Anita smiled mockingly. She moved close to him and put her arms around his neck. "My husband doesn't care a fig for me." she purred. Before Malloy could stop her she was kissing him with cool, experienced lips. Vic Malloy, private cop, had been hired by millionaire John Pitt to watch his wife, Anita. So far it seemed like a routine case of a doting husband trying to keep his kleptomaniac wife out of trouble Suddenly Anita vanished, and one of Vic's aides was brutally killed And Pitt denied that he ever hired Malloy. Then Malloy found that his case of wife spying had all at once become a deadly tangle of blackmail, blonde dynamite, and Murder!

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

copyright 1950
Duel Sloan, and Pearce

Popular Library
October 1951

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Nov 282014
Mavis Seidlitz Story

Cover by Bernard Blackburn
She's slaying them in the aisles for peanuts 
till death swings from a high wire to change her tactics......

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

Transport Publishing Company
for and on behalf of Horwitz Publications, Inc

Novel Series
July 1955

Second Collectors' Series
Volume 1 Number 4
July 1957
w/The Two-Timing Blonde

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