Aug 212014
She was the darling of all dames, a curvy countess in the middle of murder

Elena Ziravello was the darling of all dames, a curvy countess in the middle of murder. And she didn't have an alibi when her boyfriend was found with a bullet in his body and another in his head. Marc could not make her talk so he concentrated on the other suspects. Manuel Aquino, who had a peculiar skill with guns and knives. High pressure racketeer Kurt Lorenz, whose hired guns did his dirty work. These guys were alibi experts and left Marc wondering who was the killer and when would he strike again. Marc didn't have to wait long, he was next on the list......

Printing History
Written by W. H. ‘Bill’ Williams

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

Marc Brody Series
April 1957
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Detour by Martin Goldsmith

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Aug 202014

Alex Roth is a musician who thumbs it out for L.A. with the woman of his dreams. Things hit a snag when the bookmaking driver Alex flags down, suddenly ends up dead.

Printing History
Written by Martin M. Goldsmith (1913-1994)

The Macaulay Company

The Film

Tom Neal as Al Roberts
Ann Savage as Vera
Claudia Drake as Sue Harvey
Edmund MacDonald as Charles Haskell Jr
Tim Ryan as Nevada Diner Proprietor
Esther Howard as Holly, Diner Waitress
Don Brodie as the Used Car Salesman
Pat Gleason as Joe
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Aug 192014
Global Mayhem Is Their Specialty
Nick Carter Is Their Enemy

Killmaster #252
They're a mercenary elite who'll take on any job. The more murderously spectacular the better, if the price is right. But their ultimate purpose isn't wealth, it's power in it's most raw and devastating form. They call themselves the Law of the Lion. Their base is the treacherous jungle of Central America And they hold no loyalty to any cause but their own. They're the most awesome terror army the world ever faced. And challenging them on their own turf is like diving into a pool of blood in shark filled waters. Only Nick Carter would try it. Only Nick Carter could win.

Printing History
Written by Shelly Loewenkopf  (1931- )

Berkley Publishing Group
Jove Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 515 10108
August 1989
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A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan

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Aug 182014
Responsible for bringing to the general public's attention the full extent of Operation Market Garden, including the errors and miscalculations, while highlighting the extreme bravery of the participants.

The story of a failed Allied attempt to break through German lines at Arnhem across the river Rhine in occupied Netherlands during World War II. Code named Operation Market Garden as set in September 1944. The title of the book comes from a comment made by British Lt. Gen. Frederick Browning, who was the deputy commander of the First Allied Airborne Army. He told Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery before the operation, "I think we may be going a bridge too far."

Printing History
Written by Cornelius Ryan (1920-1974)

Simon & Schuster
ISBN 684 80330
 The Film
Richard Attenborough
 Dirk BogardeJames CaanMichael CaineSean Connery
Edward Fox
Elliott Gould  
Anthony HopkinsGene HackmanHardy KrügerLaurence Olivier
Ryan O'Neal  
Wolfgang Preiss
Robert RedfordMaximilian Schell
Liv Ullmann
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Aug 172014
We are rolling along on the Eastern Seaboard in the USA Fiction Challenge

 The Next Stop
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Promised Land
by Robert B Parker

Spenser is hired by Harvey Shepard to find his runaway wife, Pam. He soon locates her, but promises not to force her to return to her husband against her will. He begins to suspect that Harvey Shepard has been threatened by a big-time loan shark by the name of King Powers. Spenser leaves when he sees Hawk at Shepard's house. Harvey fires Spenser because Spenser refuses to disclose Pam's location. Pam soon becomes entangled in a bank robbery that resulted in the shooting death of a bank guard and calls Spenser for help. Spenser's dilemma is that he wants to reunite Harvey and Pam while also making sure that culprits go down for the bank guard's murder while simultaneously setting up King Powers to go to prison. He has to do all this while somehow managing to keep the Shepards and himself out of jail and still alive.

Printing History
Written by Robert B Parker (1932-2010)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN 395-24771

This title was adapted into the pilot episode of Spenser: For Hire

TV Series
Spenser For Hire (1985-1988)

Robert Urich (1946-2002)
Avery Brooks
Barbara Stock
Ron McLarty
Carolyn McCormick
Richard Jaeckel (1926-1997)

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Aug 162014
Louis's making his dough from the clip joints 
and owing the redhead and me plenty.
I can't figure a way to collect until.................

Printing History
Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

Transport Publishing Company
for and on behalf of Horwitz Publications, Inc
 Novelette Series 1954

First Collectors' Series Volume 13 (1955)
w/Perfumed Poison and Sin-Sation Sadie 

Second Collectors' Series
Volume 1 #23 (1959)
w/Strictly For Felony

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The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins

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Aug 152014
Considered to be among the first mystery novels

A young Walter Hartright first meets a mysterious woman in white. He helps her on her way, but later learns that she has escaped from an asylum. The next day he travels to Limmeridge House, having been hired as a drawing master on the recommendation of a friend. Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain make for a mysterious thriller.  From the hero’s foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura.

Printing History
Written by William Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)

All the Year Round (UK)
November 1859 – August 1860

Harper's Weekly (US)
November 1859 - August 1860

The Film

 Directed by Peter Godfrey

Alexis Smith as Marian Halcombe
Eleanor Parker as Laura Fairlie / Ann Catherick
Sydney Greenstreet as Count Fosco
Gig Young as Walter Hartright
Agnes Moorehead as Countess Fosco
John Abbott as Frederick Fairlie
John Emery as Sir Percival Glyde
Curt Bois as Louis
Emma Dunn as Mrs. Vesey
Matthew Boulton as Doctor Nevin
Anita Sharp-Bolster as Mrs. Todd
Clifford Brooke as Jepson
Barry Bernard as Dimmock
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Aug 142014
USA Fiction Challenge: State of Maryland

Baltimore Blues
by Laura Lippman


Until her paper, the BALTIMORE STAR, crashed and burned, Tess Monaghan was a damn good reporter who knew her hometown intimately, from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill. Now gainfully unemployed at twenty-nine, she is willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent, including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy, Darryl "Rock" Paxton.
In a city where someone is murdered almost everyday, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety, and his noontime trysts with Rock's fiancee, make the case front page news. And points to Rock as the likely murderer. But trying to prove her friend's innocence couls prove costly to Tess and add her name to that infamous ever-growing list.

Printing History
 Written by Laura Lippman (1959- )

July 2006
ISBN 061 19362

William Morrow
December 2006
ISBN 061 21002

Avon Books
February 1997
ISBN 380 78875
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Tribute To Lauren Bacall (1924-2014)

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Aug 132014
A Tribute to Lauren Bacall
Born: Betty Joan Perske

With Humphrey Bogart

To Have and Have Not (1944)

The Big Sleep (1946)

Dark Passage (1947)

Key Largo (1948)


How To Marry A Millionaire (1953)

Sex And the Single Girl (1964)

Harper (1966)

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Aug 122014
A private detective is dead, and Brady suspects it’s murder

Brady is consulted by a private eye by the name of Les Katz, who was hired by a woman who suspected her husband of having an affair. Katz took some incriminating photos that he sold to the husband, now he is worried about the ramifications of his small-time blackmail. When Katz is killed in a hit-and-run accident, Brady is determined to find out if it was murder. His investigation leads to a money-laundering scheme involving high figures in the financial world and the leader of organized crime in New England. In developing the case, Brady finds complications of the heart as compelling as clues Still trying to define the relationship with Gloria, his former wife, he is fast drawn into an attachment with Katz's widow that is closer than he anticipated. The case is wrapped up in a suspenseful conclusion that brings Brady near death in the snow-covered hills outside Boston his own love life is not so easily resolved.

Printing History
Written by William G Tapply (1940-2009)

Scribner Book Company
September 1988
ISBN 684 18793

Ballantine Books
February 1990
ISBN 345 35868

G K Hall & Co
April 1990
ISBN 816 14822

Kindle Edition 
August 2013
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