Friday, November 22, 2013

the corpse steps out

Next up in this pile of pulp fiction is The Corpse Steps Out by Craig Rice, aka Georgianna Ann Craig; dubbed, at least by one source, "the Dorothy Parker of detective fiction" and, according to the same source, the first mystery writer to appear on the cover of Time Magazine.

I will spare you from copying the rest of her Wikipedia entry here but feel free to click on the link and read more; it's pretty interesting.

We'll be here when you get back...

Anywhoo, as the front cover would imply, this is one in a series of novels (the second to be specific) featuring a fella named Jake Justus. Interestingly, not a lawyer - nor a private detective, beat cop, salvage consultant, etc. - but a publicity man who likes a drink before dinner and occasionally (read: once per book) teams up with a fast thinking, hard drinking lawyer and a blonde heiress / lush / lady destined to be the future Mrs. Justus to solve crimes.

Sounds like quite the crew! I'm definitely putting this in my vacation reading pile. Even though I have no plans for a vacation any time soon.

Friday, November 15, 2013

time to kill

As you may have guessed from the photo above, tonight we're setting off on a stroll through a (relatively) newly acquired stack of old paperbacks found in various stages of decay. Starting, appropriately enough, with the book on top of the pile: Time To Kill by Terry Spain.

FYI: This photo also represents what happens when you leave the husband alone at a flea market with $3.00 in his pocket long enough to walk to the bathroom, make use of said facilities and return. Except tonight's subject which has been on our shelf for years and somehow managed to escape inclusion.

Anywhoo, I have no credit for the cover art, nor information to offer on the author - save the fact, if the copyright on the title page is accurate, Spain's real name is Ted Stratton - but as always if I learn anything I will add it in.

Friday, November 8, 2013

the snow was black

Rounding out this pile of pulp fiction, tonight's entry is The Snow Was Black by Georges Simenon. Not a crime novel featuring his most popular character, detective Jules Miagret, but a somewhat sober tale about a boy born into a life of sin, via his prostitute mother, and his subsequent trials, tribulations and, ultimately, salvation.

Or at least that's how I remember it. It's been a few years since I read this one.

On a semi-related topic, am I the only person who thinks this cover looks like a painted depiction of a scene from a James Cagney movie?

Friday, November 1, 2013

good deeds must be punished

Next up, and next to last in this stack of thrifted / flea marketed paperbacks, is Good Deeds Must Be Punished by Irving Shulman; aka the author of Cry Tough!, The Amboy Dukes and the screenplay for Rebel Without A Cause (among other things); aka another book the husband picked up over the Summer while I wasn't looking.

I'm pretty sure he chose to let this novel follow him home based on the title but, in retrospect, he should have chosen this based on the cover artist. (In his defense, neither of us knew it was a McGinnis until we consulted "the book.")

According to the aforementioned source, this painting originally appeared on a different Popular Library title, The Burning Air by Eugene Mirabelli. As we can see here the book is right. (For the record, I was willing to take it's word for it. I just wanted to check out the other cover & see what the differences were.)

PS: No offense to anyone involved, Mirabelli got the better version.