Mar 242015
Meet the dames who'll go arm in arm with a snake.
All the way to murder.
And their corpses die in bed.

 The morgue before breakfast is not Al Wheeler's idea of living it up, but that is what comes from being an unorthodox cop! This was strictly business, too many beautiful dolls tattooed with snake sings had been found with their throats slit.

No Law Against Angels was revised as The Body with the introduction of Carter Brown in the United States in July 1958.

There was only one way a call girl could quit the business, as a corpse. 
And the corpses are piling up.

Barye Phillips Cover
 Killers are his business.
Dames as his pleasure.
In this case he tangles with both.

When hard drinking, quick thinking, California cop Al Wheeler goes gunning for the murderer of two call girls, he tangles with a luscious blonde, a big time racketeer, and a well stacked redhead who works in a fashionable mortuary. 

Grant Roberts Cover
Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)
Horwitz Publications 
Numbered Series #43 (1957)

as The Body 
Horwitz Publications, Inc
Long Story Magazine #18 January 1961
International Edition #1 January 1961
International Edition #59 June 1969

New American Library
Signet Books (USA)
1st (1527) July 1958
2nd (G2488) May 1964
3rd (T4550) March 1971
Bonus Covers






 Posted by at 4:06 am
Mar 012015
Death's Bait Was Beauty

Cover by Barye Phillips
Many a man have been led to heaven by a woman, or trapped into hell. Ben Sherman as one of these men. Phoebe Dunham was one of these women. Whether Phoebe was bait or beauty Ben had to know. With crooks and grafters as his throat, he risked his life for the right answer.

Printing History
Written by Edward S. Aarons (1916-1975)

Gold Medal
 Posted by at 10:22 pm
Dec 302014
Paperback 845: Gold Medal 1031 (PBO, 1960)

Title: Uncle Good's Week-End Party
Author: John Faulkner
Cover artist: Barye Phillips

Estimated value: $20-25


Best things about this cover:

  • Try to find a creepier title/cover art pairing. Go ahead. I'll wait.
  • Uncle Good likes to watch. And smoke. And hunch. And not tuck his shirt in.
  • The funniest thing on this cover is "Faulkner."
  • MTV canceled this after one season.
  • What is "NOOT?"


Best things about this back cover:

  • I like how this cover starts, anyway.
  • Let me get this straight: I'll laugh at the side-splitting antics of an old man who rents out his own daughters? An old man who is his daughters' pimp? Or does he rent them out as clowns for children's birthday parties? Please say "B."
  • ORTA. That is all.

Page 123~

Orta June and Jewel Mae had stood up as the husbands came stumbling and crawling across the porch. Soon the husbands were thick around them.

This is like a zombie movie. But with husbands.


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Dec 102014
Paperback 841: Signet 1767 (1st ptg, 1960)

Title: The Bombshell
Author: Carter Brown
Cover artist: Barye Phillips

Estimated value: $8-10


Best things about this cover:

  • One of the few crime novels to take place entirely inside a circus tent.
  • Either that is a letter-perfect come-hither look or the rabid dog on her head has burrowed deep into her skull and now has full mind-control capabilities.
  • That is one hell of a negligee. So … negligible.
  • You can tell police dude is confused. "Shoot the thing on her head … or ask her out? Damn it, this job's hard!"
  • Title font victory! Total A+.


Best things about this back cover:

  • I think I found my new look for 2015. I am only 1/4 kidding. (The 1/4 that contains the cigarette)
  • Anagrams to LIE TALLY, which I'm sure is high, 'cause she's a blonde dame, know what I'm sayin'? Also LIT ALLEY, where she buys all her books, and TILE ALLY, as she's known in the bathroom flooring industry.
  • carter brown sold 25.5 million books without capital letters in his name so he's not about to start now.

Page 123~

 "Al!" She jumped up and down gleefully. "That thing's a microphone, isn't it?"

"It's whatever you want it to be, baby."


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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)

 Posted by at 4:43 am
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)

Bonus Covers





 Posted by at 8:30 am
Jan 222014
Paperback 735: Signet 1713 (1st ptg, 1959)

Title: The Wanton
Author: Carter Brown
Cover artist: Barye Phillips

Yours for: $8


Best things about this cover:
  • "Emerging from the giant green space womb on her ornate hovercraft, Suzie began putting her magnetic hands to work..."
  • Spangle tights!
  • Wantons sure sit funny.


Best things about this back cover:
  • Carter Brown, Private Accountant
  • "Mom says I'm not supposed to smoke around the typewriter, but … I'm kind of a rebel."
  • "…with death" — just add it to anything you happen to be saying for more drama.
  • Who is Mavis Seidlitz and how do I get my hands on one of her (her?) mysteries?

Page 123~

Late the following afternoon, I sat in the visitor's chair—the one with springs—and watched the beaming smile on the Sheriff's face.

Because visitors like to *bounce* *bounce* *bounce* ….


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Oct 192013
Paperback 712: Graphic Giant G-222 (PBO, 1957)

Title: The Fair and the Bold
Author: Donn O'Hara
Cover artist: Barye Phillips

Yours for: $8


Best things about this cover:
  • I  buy her as The Fair, but aside from his choice to wear burning ships as footwear, I don't really see him as The Bold. 
  • "The Fair and the Dude We Saw at RenFest '12 Last Summer"
  • I am 99% certain that dancing lady is a near-perfect reproduction of some Rita Hayworth picture I've seen ... somewhere.


Best things about this back cover:
  • Here, the sword takes on its full phallic implications.
  • "... his blazing cannon, his murderous sword—and his penis, for which the first two things were pretty obvious metaphors."
  • I love how happy she is. It's very sweet, if not terribly sexy.
  • I also like guard dude who is going to get to hear it all. 
  • You know what's fun to say? "La Cacafuego!"

Page 123~

The movement dislodged the blanket, which slithered off Bakkerzeel's knees to the floor. Fletcher saw that the man had no feet—only blobs of bandage at the ends of his ankles.

Well that took an unexpected and horrific turn. Poor Baker's Eel.


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Sep 152013
Paperback 696: Gold Medal s911 (PBO, 1959)

Title: Assignment—Lili Lamaris
Author: Edward S. Aarons
Cover artist: Barye Phillips

Yours for: $7


Best things about this cover:
  • Cover would be So Hot if it were less smudgy and closer-up. PAN IN!
  • This is somewhere between super-sexy and "help me, I've fallen."
  • She appears to be wearing ... mist. How convenient.
  • I like how she just jams her right leg into the text, like "Don't look at those stupid words! Why are you looking down there when I'm up here!?"


Best things about this back cover:
  • I like the attitude suggested by his face, i.e. "whatever, sketch me or don't sketch me, I don't give a fuck."
  • Since "the enemy" is unnamed, I'm gonna go ahead and assume it's "lizard people."
  • "Tenth book"?! He wrote 42 novels in this series! (This has been your "holy crap" literary moment of the day.)

Page 123~

He paused, listening to the silence here that was not quite a silence, but like the deep, patient breathing of a waiting animal. 

That's just Lili. She breathes funny when she's naked-crawling.


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Sep 122013
The Crime Fiction Alphabet keeps rolling along in the home stretch with just four weeks left. We are currently in week 23 with the letter W. Kerrie over at her blog Mysteries in Paradise is kind enough to host this community meme. The rules a quite simple. By Friday of each week participants write a blog post about crime fiction related to the letter of the week. The post must be related to either the first letter of a book's title, the first letter of an author's first name, or the first letter of the author's surname, or even maybe a crime fiction "topic". But above all, it has to be crime fiction. This time around I will be featuring a Carter Brown title for each letter of the alphabet.

Carter Brown: W is for The Wanton

Two beautiful nude corpses leave Lieutenant Al Wheeler in the middle of a society family's scandal 
Barye Philips Cover
  The beautiful blonde heiress was living high and fast until a killer slowed her down 

Robert McGinnis Cover
   When a pretty blond heiress is found hanging from a limb of a tree, twenty feet off the ground, wearing nothing but skin tight rope around her pretty neck...Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler goes into action. The rough and tough detective trades questions and answers with a volcanic brunette in a sultry couch session. Matches techniques with a gambler who knows all about feminine angles. Dodges the bullets of a killer who seems determined to build the largest collection of naked corpses in sunny California. 

Grant Roberts Cover
   Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)
Horwitz Publications Inc.
Numbered Series #79 August1959
Long Story Magazine #5 December 1959
International Edition Series #10 December 1961, March 1965

New American Library Series
Signet Books (USA and Canada)
1st (1713) Sept 1959
2nd (1713) Canada 1959
3rd (D2962) 1966

New English Library
Four Square Books
1st (2252) Sept 1968

Other Covers 

New English Library
 Four Square Books
 Sept 1968

Publicado Pela Edicoes De Ouro

1960, 1971




 Die Mitternachtbucher 

 Die Mitternachtbucher

 Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book 

This title was originally published on  March 23, 2011 in a sightly different format.

 Posted by at 2:34 am