Mar 262015
 
Decoy #2: Moon Over Miami, by Jim Deane May, 1975  Signet Books The second and final volume of the misnamed Decoy series is just as boring and tepid as the first. Once again our breast-obsessed narrator, Nick “The Great Pretender” Merlotti, blathers on and on as he relates his latest (and thankfully last) case, which for some reason has him trying to clear the name of a young Hispanic kid
Mar 232015
 
Ninja Master #4: Million-Dollar Massacre, by Wade Barker May, 1982  Warner Books Ric Meyers returns to the Ninja Master series with an installment that isn’t as great as his first one, but it’s still pretty good – at least, once our author has remembered that he’s writing a bloody piece of ninjasploitation pulp. Before that Million-Dollar Massacre loses its footing in a sort of padded-out
Mar 192015
 
The Spider #6: The Citadel Of Hell, by Grant Stockbridge March, 1934  Popular Publications I’m continuing to enjoy the Spider series, and Norvell “Grant Stockbridge” Page delivers once again with this sixth installment, which per the norm plunges our hero into a maelstrom of blood, violence, and mass death. It’s yet another headlong rush into pulpy thrills, leaving the reader almost
Mar 162015
 
Sam Durell #39: Assignment Quayle Question, by Edward S. Aarons May, 1975  Fawcett Gold Medal With a cover that could come off a ‘70s sweat mag, the 39th volume of the Sam Durell series picks up “shortly” after the events of the previous volume, though be assured that reading Assignment Sumatra isn’t a prerequisite for enjoying The Quayle Question. Plus, this one features a Fu Manchu-style
Mar 122015
 
As Evil Does, by John Tigges No month stated, 1987  Leisure Books John Tigges strikes again with another super-fat ‘80s horror paperback complete with embossed cover. And this one’s much better than the previous one I read, The Immortal. I don’t think you can currently find the plot of As Evil Does mentioned anywhere online, so my friends, let me tell you what it’s about – a dude becomes
Mar 092015
 
Spy And Die, by Martin Meyers January, 1976  Popular Library The most slovenly, lazy, non-compelling protagonist in private eye fiction returns in Spy And Die, the second volume of the forgotten Hardy series. Once again author Martin Meyers spins out a listless tale in which hardly anything happens, other than our “hero” Patrick Hardy stuffing his face and watching old movies on tv. It
Mar 052015
 
The Camp, by Jonathan Trask No month stated, 1977  Belmont Tower Books An interesting obscurity in the work of Len Levinson, The Camp is notable because it was a collaboration between Len and his editor at Belmont Tower, Peter McCurtin. Len provides the full story below, but long story short, McCurtin came up with the plot, wrote the first chapter, and then handed it over to Len, who ran
Mar 022015
 
The Spider #3: Wings Of The Black Death, by Grant Stockbridge December, 1933  Popular Publications The third volume of The Spider is notable because it was the first to be written by Norvell “Grant Stockbridge” Page, who would go on to write the majority of the ensuing 115 volumes. Having read some of Page’s later volumes, I was curious how different this first one would be. Surprisingly,
Feb 262015
 
Depth Force #4: Battle Stations, by Irving A. Greenfield July, 1985  Zebra Books Once again coming off like the men’s adventure equivalent of a soap opera, the Depth Force series continues with this fourth novel that picks up immediately after the events of the previous volume, with not one word of helpful background material to catch up the reader. Battle Stations follows the same
Feb 232015
 
The Katmandu Contract, by Nick Carter No month stated, 1975  Award Books By this point in the Nick Carter: Killmaster saga, series creator/producer Lyle Kenyon Engel was gone, and the books were solely in the hands of publisher Award Books. Rather than a small stable of authors who turned out a guided series, Nick Carter: Killmaster was now farmed out to an ever-changing lineup of freelance