Feb 142015
Who would want to murder a mad starlet?

 She was blonde, beautiful, and begging for Rick Holman's help. Amanda Waring, sexy starlet turned madwoman, was fighting hard for the sanity and success that were only one film away So when the evilly suggestive phone calls and threats started, Amanda yelled for Rick as loud as she could, and he suddenly found himself surrounded by luscious ladies, a sex crazed producer, a gunslinging, maniacal actor, and a secretive shrink. When the fists and knives started flying, and the voices began to hound him, Rick began to wonder if the gorgeous girls and a big paycheck were worth the guns that were pointed at his head....

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

New American Library
Signet Books
ISBN 451-Q5940
June 1974
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Feb 042015
 Though she was a playwright's daughter,
her body had lines no man could master...
no blackmailer could murder!
Grant Roberts Cover

The Cast
Antonia: Tall and elegant, looking like an Egyptian Pharaoh's dream of bliss after a hard day at the pyramids. "Any friend of Pop is a friend of mine. If you don't like his plays, lets discuss them in bed. I'm sure I can change your mind!"

Sandy: Blond, bountiful in body, a pretty face, and a private eye to boot. "Twenty-three years old and just one small birthmark strategically located.You've seen the rest already."

Jackie: Mistress of the moment to anyone with the time. "Nobody says you have to get involved. Just research a little and we'll both know if anything zings between us!"

Helen: Graying, middle aged and wearing a bullet hole over her left eye. she  could have said a lot, but kept silent. Supported by a variety of males, some scared, some stupid, some stoned, and all trouble.
Robert McGinnis Cover
 The Star
Rick Holman: The most important man to know in Hollywood, especially when you're being blackmailed.

The critics said "Great!" but the coroner said "Murder."
The Time: The present
The Place: Bel Air, California

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)
Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #131 (1966)
International Edition #77 (1972)

New American Library
Signet Books
D2906 May 1966
T5013 1972

Bonus Covers

Die Mitternachtbucher


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Jan 112015
Kiss Life Goodbye

Collectors' Series #3
 December 1954

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

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

Novelette Series
"Lovely" Mystery

First Collectors' Series
Volume 3
December 1954
w/ Alias A Lady & Your Alibi Is Showing

Second Collectors' Series
Volume 1 No 27
July 1959
  w/ Darling You're Doomed

Cover Moira Bartram
 Posted by at 2:09 am
Jan 042015
Accused of two killings, Danny Boyd has two alibis.
Both sexy, both nude, and both liars
Robert McGinnis Cover
Sex & Sabotage
Add money, and the mixture of instant death when private eye Danny Boyd s hired to investigate a millionaire's murder, before the murder takes place. The suspects are identified by the victim on a mysterious tape recording that soon disappears, leaving Danny trapped between a strawberry blonde spy who doesn't like bras and a sadistic cop who doesn't like private eyes.

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered Series #150

ISBN 7255 0077

New American Library
Signet Books
ISBN 451 P4105
 December 1969
ISBN 451 Y7655

Bonus Covers


Ullstein #1343
Frankfurt Germany
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Dec 282014

Two covers by Robert McGinnis

Germany Edition 
None But The Lethal Heart 
by Carter Brown
Ullstein Bucher
1967 Frankfurt Germany
1968 West Berlin Germany
ISBN 354 801152

Modesty Blaise
by Peter O'Donnell

Fawcett Crest Books
 Posted by at 8:50 pm
Dec 212014
Girls With Guns Holiday Edition

Day #1


Carter Brown Collectors' Series #8

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

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

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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
 Posted by at 12:39 am
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)

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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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