Friday, September 30, 2011

a gentle murderer

Continuing the effort to work our way through this pile of pulp fiction, from top to bottom, tonight's entry is A Gentle Murderer by Dorothy Salisbury Davis.



(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Friday, September 23, 2011

easy to kill

At the risk of repeating a portion of this post on my "other" blog, this past weekend the Kommandant treated me to a rare weekend getaway; during which we, not so surprisingly, engaged in activities we partake in fairly often: flea marketing, farmers marketing, trespassing and taking pictures.

Of course, only the first and last of those things are relevant here. Meaning, while at the flea market we found some paperbacks and when we got home I took a picture of them next to the official JP / PFP mascot, GG Allin Doll. As is my way.


At which point I realized the fourth book in the above stack has the same title as tonight's intended topic, aka the second in this stack of pulp fiction we flea marketed over the Spring. Ooops!

On the bright side they both have very different but equally cool covers so, thanks to the prolific pen of Agatha Christie, tonight we have two covers for the price of one. (Technically, since access to this blog and / or my flickr account is free, I suppose it's two for the price of none but you get the idea.)





Cover by Hawes


Thus far the closest I've come to Ms. Christie's work is watching a few episodes of Poirot on PBS with the husband (and mostly what I remember is David Suchet's outrageous mustache) but I will likely bring one of these on my next vacation.

PS: In an interesting twist of fate, not only does this post have two covers, this novel has been published under two titles: Easy To Kill and Murder Is Easy and has been made into two TV movies.

(PPS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

halo for satan

As mentioned in our last post, for the next month or so there will be a more random sampling of subjects represented here (as opposed to what we've been doing for the past few months; working our way through a series of books by one particular author), starting with the paperback seen at the top of the heap of this short stack of pulp fiction the husband flea marketed in the Spring, Halo For Satan by John Evans.

Actually I might wind up skipping Carnival For Killing; that was bought less for it's cover and more because the husband likes Nick Carter.

Anywhoo, at first I wasn't able to find much information on the author (except his real name: Howard Browne) but, employing my detective skills - or rather the skills I learned while employed as a research librarian - I found out a little extra biographical info. via this page on the Thrilling Detective site, which also sheds some light on this book's hero / anti-hero, Paul Pine.




As of this posting I still haven't uncovered even a credit for the cover art but if I do, I will add it in.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

counterfeit wife

As of tonight's entry, Counterfeit Wife by Brett Halliday, we officially close the books on this Mike Shayne mystery PFP sub-project. For now at least. (Meaning until the husband finds more books with fabulous covers to add to the stack.)

Next week we will return to a more random sampling from our shelves; not that the Shell Scott / Richard Prather books seen in this pic don't have good covers - they do - I just need a wee break from linking to the same Wikipedia pages post after post.

(Plus we just cleaned up / rearranged the paperbacks and I piled up all sorts of cool stuff I haven't scanned or photographed next to GG yet.)


Cover painting by Bob McGinnis


Anywhoo, after reading the back cover I thought it might be fun to try my gin or beer (personally I wouldn't drink them together but I don't judge) with laudanum. Now that I know what it is I think I'll pass.

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

the corpse came calling

As mentioned in yesterday's post, tonight's subject is one of two Brett Halliday / Mike Shayne books the husband came across in his travels, post my effort to work my way through the portion of the series seen in this stack of paperbacks.

Interestingly while The Corpse Came Calling is the sixth entry in the Halliday / Shayne series, and the 22nd entry in this blog series, it's only the second to feature cover art not painted / illustrated by Robert McGinnis. (This was the first.)


Cover by Robert Schulz


A theme which will not continue with tomorrow's post; the copy of Counterfeit Wife he thrifted actually does have a McGinnis cover.

Keeping with a theme continuing from yesterday's post, I did find a few alternate covers: this McGinnis cover, as well as this variation on said McGinnis cover; and yet another McGinnis cover can be seen here.

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

dead man's diary / a taste for cognac

Tonight's entry, Dead Man's Diary / A Taste For Cognac by Brett Halliday, marks the first book of this PFP sub-project to feature two short stories, as well as the last of the Mike Shayne books seen in this pile of dusty paperbacks to be featured here.


Cover painting by Bob McGinnis



Since this book contains two mysteries but only one cover I thought I'd consult ye olde internet to see what alternate versions I could find. Not surprisingly, I found a few variations on this theme.

Here's one featuring an equally fetching McGinnis illustration; and a cool Dell edition featuring only one of the mysteries, the latter. Additionally, my search taught me A Taste For Cognac has an alternate title, Dinner At Dupree's; something I learned via this fantastic mapback edition.

PS: Since I had time to do a little scanning today we will have two more Shayne related posts before caling this a night. Tune in tomorrow for The Corpse Came Calling, aka one of the two Halliday books the husband added to the pile during the course of this series.

(PPS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Friday, September 9, 2011

shoot to kill

As of this entry, featuring Shoot To Kill, the 47th entry in the Brett Halliday / Mike Shayne series, we are officially one post away from reaching the end of the portion of the series seen in this stack of paperbacks; and therefore one post away from a topic change. (Unless I decide to add in the two Halliday books mentioned in the last post before moving on to another topic. The jury is still out on that.)


Cover painting by McGinnis



As was / is the case with many of the books in this series (meaning, literally, the series of books featured here over the past couple months as well as the Dell series featuring this series of McGinnis illustrations in general) I like this back cover design too. But, again, I must admit I do tend to fancy type filled with a photo. (See here; and here.)

And as always, larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

murder by proxy

Tonight's PFP entry, Murder By Proxy by Brett Halliday, is the 41st entry in the Mike Shayne series; and the 19th entry in this series of posts featuring the Halliday / Shayne series.


Cover painting by McGinnis


And of course, now that I'm two posts away from wrapping up this sub-project, over the weekend the husband thrifted two more - each with a blog worthy cover - to add to the stack. (The Corpse Came Calling and Counterfeit Wife) Perhaps I'll scan them in before moving to our next topic.

(PS: As always, larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Friday, September 2, 2011

the careless corpse

Tonight's PFP entry, The Careless Corpse, brings us one step closer to the end of the stack of Mike Shayne / Brett Halliday books seen in this pile of dusty paperbacks. (I still haven't decided whether or not to scan in the Shell Scott books seen in said pile or veer off into another stack but I have another three posts / week or so to decide.)


Cover painting by McGinnis


Again, I am quite fond of the back cover; although I must admit I am a fan of this green / yellow color scheme in general, as evidenced by (one of) the current projects I've got on the needles.


(PS: I promise not to clog up this space with knitting related images in the future; unless they're equally as fitting.)

(PPS: As always, larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)