Friday, August 30, 2013

the postman always rings twice

Second in our survey of this pile of pulp fiction is a crime novel that went on to become a successful film noir (something which doesn't happen around here quite as often as you - or I - may imagine it would) The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain.

Cover art by Tom Dunn

Although I haven't read this book, I did see the 1946 motion picture starring John Garfield and Lana Turner. FYI: Assuming the latter stays true to the former, it's a euphemistic postman.

On a semi-related topic, ever since we found this edition I've hoped to find or make myself an article of clothing featuring a snake and apple appliqué. As of yet I haven't been successful on either front but if that changes I'll let you know.

PS: Since it was available, here's the trailer for the aforementioned motion picture adaptation...

Friday, August 23, 2013

twist of the knife

As you may have guessed from our previous post / the picture above, tonight we embark on a new journey through a stack of old paperbacks; starting with Twist Of The Knife by Victor Canning, a suspenseful novel of love and violence east of the Suez.

Cover art by Charles Copeland

Interestingly, Copeland is also responsible for the cover of Prettiest Girl In Town, aka the fifth book in the stack seen above. (Needless to say, had I known the connection when staging said stack I likely would have put them next to each other but didn't have time to rearrange / reshoot this afternoon so it is what it is.)

Friday, August 16, 2013

a bullet for cinderella

Rounding out our survey of this pile of thrifted pulp fiction is A Bullet For Cinderella by John D. MacDonald. Also, apparently, known as On The Make.

While I wouldn't say I dislike this cover (particularly since I still have yet to meet a jaunty typeface I didn't like) I must admit, I like this cover by George Gross and this cover (for the alternate title) by Mitchell Hooks just a bit more.

Friday, August 9, 2013

girl in a shroud

Speaking of Carter Brown mysteries, which we were last time, tonight's entry is Girl In A Shroud. Not one of the thirty or so novels featuring Detective Danny Boyd, a la this and this (aka our previous entry and what was previously the only book by the many pseudonym-ed author featured here) but one of fifty or so featuring a somewhat similarly minded fictional character, Lieutenant Al Wheeler.

Cover by Robert McGinnis

While were still throwing numbers around in a sports talk radio fashion according to this book, McGinnis is responsible for around a hundred covers for assorted Brown books published by Signet. I have to admit I didn't bother to count how many were represented in my flickr search but, suffice it to say, interested parties can view many, many examples here.

Friday, August 2, 2013

the wayward wahine

Continuing a theme from last week's post (unintentionally; the theme being the artist responsible for the cover) tonight's entry is The Wayward Wahine. One of approximately thirty books featuring Detective Danny Boyd written by Carter Brown, aka Peter Carter Brown, aka Alan Geoffrey Yates (aka his real name), aka a few other pseudonyms over the course of his prolific career.

Cover painting by Barye Phillips

Despite the fact Brown / Yates was an "international sensation whose books have sold over 25,000,000 copies" this is only the second time any of his names have popped up on the blog / on our shelves. (This entry, featuring another Danny Boyd mystery and cover by another PFP fave Robert McGinnis, was the first.)

Tune in next week for the third...