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

Australia

Australia

Brazil

Japan

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Jan 222014
 
Paperback 735: Signet 1713 (1st ptg, 1959)

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

Yours for: $8

Sig1713

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.

Sig1713bc

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* ….

~RP

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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

GraphicG222

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.

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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.

~RP

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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

GM911

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!?"

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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.

~RP

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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 

UK
New English Library
 Four Square Books
 Sept 1968


Brazil
Publicado Pela Edicoes De Ouro
n/d
 


France
Gallimard
1960, 1971
 


Netherlands
 Middernacht
1962
 

Estonia
Katariina 
 1998

Russia
n/d

Germany/Switzerland
 Die Mitternachtbucher 
1962

 Germany/Austria
 Die Mitternachtbucher
 1974

Japan
 Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book 
1968

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

 Posted by at 2:34 am
Sep 102013
 
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 Wayward Wahine


The seductive rhythm of an exotic Hawaiian girl's primitive hula dance lures 
Danny Boyd into the arms of a killer.

Barye Philips Cover
  She was one hundred per cent impure Hawaiian. From her long and lustrous black hair to her small and delicate feet which moved as her whole body moved in a passionate pagan rhythm. With a sensuous gesture she stepped out of her grass skirt and into Danny Boyd's love life.

Robert McGinnis Cover

 On the sunny shares of beautiful Hawaii, private Danny Boyd goes hunting for a wealthy tycoon's missing wife. The trail starts out cold with a dead blonde, warms up with some buried treasure, and sizzles when Danny comes into close contact with a wahine who is wayward, wanton, and oh so willing to pitch woo Hawaiian style. With the curves and kisses and no holds barred. 



Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)
 
Horwitz Publications Inc.
Numbered Series #84 February 1960
Long Story Magazine #11 June 1960
International Edition Series #16 April 1962
as The Wayward
International Edition Series #69 February 1971
Horwitz/Signet Double Edition CB 007A 1980
w/Walk Softly, Witch

New American Library
Signet Books
#1784 February 1960
#D3067 1966
Horwitz/Signet Double Edition  #9418 Sept 1980
w/Walk Softly, Witch

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Sep 032013
 
The Crime Fiction Alphabet keeps rolling along in the home stretch with a few more weeks until the end. We are currently in week 22 with the letter V. 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: V is for The Victim

Barye Philips Cover
    He was less than a grand husband alive and worth more than fifty grand, dead!
 

Three dolls and one corpse.
One was a merry widow with a new lease on life when her husband expired.
One was a luscious skip-tracer whose curves turned up in some unsavory joints.
One was a gorgeous receptionist who snapped to attention when a big girdle manufacturer purred.

as Walk Softly, Witch

as Eve It's Extortion

One or all of them knew whether it was an accident or a murder that converted a footloose husband into a rest-in-concrete corpse. And it's up to Lieutenant Al Wheeler to come up with an answer, fast!

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

 Horwitz Publications Inc.
  As Eve, Its Extortion
Numbered Series #40 May 1957
As Walk Softly Witch!
Numbered  Series #75 March 1959
Long Story Magazine #6 April 1960
International Edition Series #7 September 1961

 New American Library
Signet Books
As The Victim
#1633 March 1959
D2606 1964

Other Various Cover From Around the World

Brazil
Publicado Pela Edicoes De Ouro
1961

Finland
Valpas-Mainos 
1963

France
Gallimard 
1970

France
 Gallimard
1981

Japan
Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book 
1965

Mexico
Diana 
1961

Netherlands
Middernacht 
1962



Notes
 This title was originally posted in April 2011 in a slightly different format. 
 Posted by at 7:51 pm
Aug 192013
 
The Crime Fiction Alphabet keeps rolling along in the home stretch. We are currently in week 20 with the letter T. 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: T is for Terror Comes Creeping
 
Barye Phillips Cover
  The beautiful brunette's mother had made her a millionaire. 
 Now her father wanted to make her a corpse.


The brunette was very beautiful and very scared. She looked private Danny Boyd in the eye and shuddered once. Then she calmly told him that her father was planning on killing her. She claimed he had murdered her brother and was trying to get rid of her sister. And that she was third on the list. She had no proof to back her story, only cold green cash. She might be crazy, but she was also crazy rich. She was Danny's favorite kind of client. So Danny decided to take the lovely lady's case. And tag her father a killer. 

  Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series #81 November 1959
Long Story Magazine # 17 December 1960
International Edition #14 February 1962
International Edition #67 October 1970

New American Library
Signet Books (USA)
1st (1750) December 1959
Reprint (D2934) June 1966

Signet Books (Canada)
1st (1750) February 1960
2nd (D2934) June 1966
 
 Other Editions
 New English Library (UK)
 Four Square Books
April 1967  #1806

 United States/Canada
 Signet Books
1966
Robert McGinnis Cover
  Australia
Horwitz Publications Inc
1962

Australia
Horwitz Publications Inc
1970

Germany
Ullstein Bucher
1968

Russia
2008
w/Lover Don't Come Back

France
Gallimard
1972

Netherlands
 Middernacht
1962

Mexico
Diana
1961

Finland
Valpar-Mainos
1962

Japan
Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Series 
1964

Brazil
Publicado Pela Edicoes De Ouro
n/d
 Posted by at 8:52 pm
Aug 092013
 
Paperback 682: Signet S1817 (1st ptg, 1960)

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

Yours for: $8

Sig1817

Best things about this cover:

  • That is some spectacular cleavage. The "the" looks like it wants to go hide in there.
  • This "standing woman / dead man" cover is a type. I feel the need to go back and tag all the others "SWDM"—it says everything about the ambivalent erotics of vintage paperback cover art.
  • That font is sassy. It doesn't scare me, though. Looks like the opening credits of a '60s sitcom.


Sig1817bc

Best things about this back cover:
  • I'm confused by "just." It assumes a baseline opinion that "murder" is a pretty word. It's a horrendously ugly word.
  • So Chandler writes "Trouble Is My Business" and then for decades other writers / copyeditors copy, parody, and generally dead-horse the hell out of that phrase.
  • LOVE that we can see here what important cultural touchstones "Peyton Place" and "Lolita" were for the late '50s/early '60s world. 
  • "An August Signet Paper Edition"—"August" ... like, the adjective? That is unexpected. In fact, just plain weird. Also, likely, not true.

Page 123~

"Yeah," he nodded. "She had the pictures and we burned 'em. We didn't know there was more of them—figured they were the only ones he had!"

Incriminating photos / blackmail schemes are the topic of 59.8% of all hard-boiled stories. Give or take.

~RP

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Jul 222013
 
The Crime Fiction Alphabet keeps rolling along. We are currently in week 16 with the letter P. 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: P is for The Passionate

Barye Phillips Cover
 Twin temptresses out for kicks any way they come
including shrunken heads, corpses, and lady killers

Robert McGinnis Cover
     Rival For A Corpse
The sizzling brunette collected shrunken heads but she offered Al Wheeler five thousand dollars to bring her the live heart of her ex-husband. The torrid redhead collected men and she offered Al Wheeler her pretty self. The ladies were twin sisters. Each, in her own seductive way, was trying   to take the tenacious cop's mind off their matched set of corpses. But Al wasn't buying their brand of pleasure. Not while he suspected that their trademark....was murder.


Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)
Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #77 1959
Long Story Magazine #4 Nov 1959
International Edition #8 November 1961

Signet Editions
1st (1674) July 1959
2nd (1674) Canada Aug 1959
3rd (G2537) Sept 1964
4th (G2537) Canada 1964
5th (T5609) 1973

Other Various Cover

United States
Signet Books
1973

Australia
Horwitz Publications
November 1961

Australia
Horwitz Publications
Long Story Magazine
1959

 Brazil
Publicado Pela Edicoes De Ouro
n/d

Denmark
Winther
1961

Netherlands
Middernacht
1962

France
Gallimard
1959, 1971, 1987

Japan
Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book 
 1960, 1977

Finland
Valpas-Mainos
1961

 Note
This title was originally published in a slightly different format on February 24, 2011
The Passionate

 Posted by at 7:47 pm