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Blast From The Past #2

Blast From The Past #2

The Blonde (1958)
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

The blonde play girl  knew too much and talked too much
So somebody decided to silence her...........permanently

Grant Roberts Cover

When a blonde Hollywood party girl who has been to one too wild brawl too many agrees to tell all on a candid TV show, somebody blows her up before she can name names coast to coast. This leaves  free wheeling California cop, Al Wheeler to pick up the pieces as he treads his way through a labyrinth of beauties in a hot and heady chase to catch the killer. 

Lee Manning, filmland Romeo, committed suicide after a Hollywood bash. Or did he? Georgia Brown, babbling blonde, could tell what really happened. But would she? Paula Reid, demon TV interviewer,m was going to spill the facts on her TV show. But could she? Before the story got a chance to sizzle the airwaves, a killer stepped in and stopped George Brown dead. So Pine City Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler plays a near fatal role in an underground production of murder.

Printing History

Horwitz Editions
Numbered Series #67 August 1958
International Edition #2 February1961
International Edition #58 May 1969
Horwitz Double #5a 1979

New American Library
Signet Books
#1565 November 1958
#1565 (Canada) December 1958
S1972 May 1961
D3297 1967
Signet Double (E8961) December 1979
Signet Double (Canada) 1979
Signet Double (AE1703) August 1982

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Blast From The Past #1

Blast From The Past #1

The Human Time Bomb (1969)
Written by William L Rhodes

Mr Judas Returns

Something strange was going on at the Reed-Farben chemical plant. Something that threatened the United States' entire defense system, something evil. No one outside knew what it was. And if they did, they would not talk. And if they talked, they did not live long. If AXE did not have answers soon, it would be too late. That is when Nick Carter moved in. On a mountain girl with the right connections, on a beautiful Germany scientist with highly classified secrets, on an impossible mission where violence and murder were standard operating procedure and the horrible resemblance between persons living and dead was everything buy coincidental. Nick is to match wits with his arch enemy, 

George Gross Cover
Printing History
Written by William L Rhodes

Award Edition
1st (A456X) July 1969
2nd (A456X) August 1970
3rd (AQ1474) July 1975
Charter (441-34909) August 1981

Tandem Edition
1st (4167) 1969
Reprint (5426) 1970
Reprint (7405) 1971, December 1972
Reprint (426-17320)
Star Reprint (352-30485) 1979

This title was originally posted on January 25th 2011

Is It Summer Yet?

Is It Summer Yet?

With the weather in the 70's all week here, I have been bike riding four times this week. I took this picture on Friday  morning in the middle of my 15 mile ride in south east Denver. The two mountains have quite a bit of snow s they had been dumped with lots of snow. Maybe e will skip spring and head on into summer. But Sunday's forecast is a high of 39 with rain and or snow.

Can Ladies Kill? by Peter Cheyney

The fourth title in the Lemmy Caution series 

In the morgue office there ain't anybody there at all. One goes through the office into the corpse room.Switch on the light and there one starts pulling out the trays with the stiffs on. The morgue was found alright. He was in number five trying to look sorta surprised. Which he was entitled to be .....somebody had shot this guy three times.

Printing History
Written by Reginald Evelyn Peter Southouse Cheyney (1896-1951)

William Collins, Sons & Co. Ltd. 

Death And Taxes by David Dodge

Introducing, James “Whit” Whitney, as a tax accountant turned detective in 1940s San Francisco.

 San Francisco tax accountant James “Whit” Whitney is summoned home from a vacation in Santa Cruz to help his partner recover a hefty tax refund for a beautiful blonde client named Marian Wolff. When he returns to his office, Whit finds his partner, George MacLeod, dead in the firm’s vault, with a small hole in the bridge of his nose. In order to complete the tax return and uncover the murderer, Whit becomes a reluctant detective and nearly gets himself killed in the process.

Printing History
Written by David F Dodge (1910-1974)

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1941
London: Michael Joseph, 1947
New York: Popular Library, 1948 (PL 168)
Eugene, Or.: Bruin Books, 2010 (Bruin Crimeworks)