Tuesday, February 28, 2012

old bones

As mentioned in our last entry, the first four books seen in this stack of pulp fiction (thrifted by the husband and / or I over the latter part of last year) are on the Dell imprint; three of which are mapbacks. Which brings us to tonight's entry, Old Bones by Herman Petersen.

(I didn't find too much info about Petersen online but interested parties can read a brief bio and overview of his work here.)


(ETA: Cover by George A. Frederiksen / Mapback by Ruth Belew; thanks to UK Vintage for the info.)


As of today I'm unsure whose hand is responsible for drawing the bony hand (and arm etc.) seen on the front cover - or for that matter who drew the crime map on the back - but, as always, if / when I get any additional info. I will add it in.

(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, February 24, 2012

the man in the queue


As I've mentioned in pretty much every post thus far this calendar year, the stack of mapbacks featured here recently were a gift from the husband, presented to me on New Year's Eve, aka the night we exchange presents.

And I bring this up in tonight's entry because the photo above, meant to represent the random paperbacks we'd thrifted over the latter part of 2011, was snapped sometime during the afternoon on New Year's Eve day (aka December 31st) and the book on top of the stack, The Man In The Queue (aka Killer In The Crowd) by Josephine Tey would have been the first PFP entry of 2012, had he gifted me with something non-relevant to this blog.

Note: the first four books in the pile are Dell paperbacks, three of which are mapbacks. (Oh the irony!)


Cover painting by William Teason


This, obviously, is the one of the four not featuring a crime map on the back. In fact the most interesting thing about this panel is the fact there's a typo in the artist's name.

(Although I suppose it is also possible there was a William Tesson on the Dell payroll at some point, I am almost positive this cover is in fact by William Teason.)

(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, February 21, 2012

the private practice of michael shayne

Tonight we cap off our survey of this stack of Dell mapbacks (gifted to me by the husband oh so many weeks ago) with The Private Practice Of Michael Shayne by Brett Halliday. The second in a long series of books featuring "the toughtest red head ever" and one in a slightly less long series of PFP posts featuring books from this series.


Cover painting by Robert Stanley


I was going to link to them here but then I realized that's the whole point of labels. So, should you care to see the other Shayne / Halliday related entries, please consult the handy links at the end of this post or on the sidebar.

(PS: Although I must admit I am a bit sad to see this series come to an end, not to worry I have another stack of pulp fiction waiting in the wings.)

(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, February 17, 2012

they can't all be guilty

Tonight's entry - the second to last featuring this stack of Dell mapbacks - is They Can't All Be Guilty by M. V. Heberden, aka Mary Violet Heberden, a Desmond Shannon murder mystery.


Cover painting by William Shoyer


I've read some conflicting info. about Ms. Heberden. (The brief bio on the Thrilling Detective page linked above says she was born in England and lists her other occupations as "world traveler, office manager and timber importer." Another page I came across contained a brief list of her accomplishments as an American born stage actress.)

I gather she was an actress of some sort at one point in her life; aspiring or otherwise. That or she just happens to have the best author publicity stills ever!



I know most people reading this don't care much about fashion but, seriously, that first dress is fierce!!

(PS: As always, larger versions of these, 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, February 14, 2012

the accomplice

Tonight we continue working our way through this pile of paperbacks with a book that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with Valentine's Day but, according to the cover does involve "strange love", The Accomplice by Matthew Head.



According to the back cover it also involves a "strange house" and "weird death" but I suppose all three are in the eye of the beholder.

Again I don't have anything to offer as far as biographical information for the author, nor a credit for the artist, but I do know this was the cover the husband was most excited to find because...



So cool! I love alteration to the background and the way they tied in the back cover art. (I assume the band did all of this although I suppose it's also possible there is an alternate British printing of the book out there.)

Anywhoo, since it was available (and since I love both the band and the show), here's footage of the Damned performing the B-Side on The Young Ones.



(PS: As always, larger versions of these, 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, February 10, 2012

bedeviled

Continuing our survey of this stack of mapbacks, tonight's entry is Bedeviled by Libbie Block.



Sadly, another entry where I have little (read: no) information to share on the author or cover artist but, as always, if I learn anything pertinent I will add it in.

Also as always, larger versions of these, 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, February 7, 2012

the lady regrets

Tonight we continue our slow stroll through this pile of pulp fiction with The Lady Regrets by James M. Fox.

I couldn't find too much biographical info on Fox but, according to this page on the Thrilling Detective site, his real name is Johannes Matthijs Willem Knipscheer and this is one in a series of books featuring "Nick & Nora -esque" unofficial crime fighting duo Johnny and Suzy Marshall. And, in some cases, their "sometimes-ferocious, sometimes-playful" Great Dane Khan, who I believe is pictured on the cover.


Cover by Victor Kalin


I definitely see the ferocious part but, although I am a fan, perhaps Kalin missed the mark as far as representing his playful side.

(PS: As always, larger versions of these, 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, February 3, 2012

cats prowl at night

Needless to say, (particularly since I've mentioned it previously) I was quite excited to receive this unprecedented bounty of pulp fiction as part of our annual New Year's gift exchange. But I must admit, I was particularly excited to see this particular book in the pile. Not just because this edition of Cats Prowl At Night has a fantastic cover - although it certainly does - but because it fills a gap in my / the husband's collection of A. A. Fair / Erle Stanley Gardner books.


Cover by Gerald Gregg / Mapback by Ruth Belew


Also needless to say, I am totally reading this on my next vacation!

Anywhoo, this the eighth book in the series featuring private eyes Bertha Cool and Donald Lam; and the second to feature Bertha sleuthing it solo while Donald does time in the Navy. As a side note the seventh book, Bats Fly At Night, was actually the first Cool / Lam book I read but our edition doesn't have a particularly interesting cover; thus it's non-appearance on the blog.

And as always, should you care to see larger versions of these, previous Fair / Gardner covers or anything else featured on the blog previously, you can do so via the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

death of a bullionaire

Continuing our stroll through this stack of mapbacks, tonight's entry is Death Of A Bullionaire by A. B. Cunningham.


Cover painting by Earl Sherwan


I haven't read this one but, as the cover implies, it's one in a series of books featuring Cunningham's Jess Roden character; a sheriff who normally does his sleuthing in and around the rural regions of his home State, Kentucky, but in this entry travels well out of his jurisdiction to West Texas, potentially to woo a potential lady friend.

But, as is almost always the case, he winds up entwined in the not so romantic arms of a murder investigation instead. (And, if the back cover art is any indication, racks up many rental car miles once embroiled in said investigation, driving from place to place looking for clues.)

(PS: As always, larger versions of these, 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.)