Friday, April 25, 2014

the eighth mrs. bluebeard

Next up, and next to last in this stack of thrifted paperbacks, is The Eighth Mrs. Bluebeard by Hillary Waugh.

Still not sure who is responsible for the cover art for this edition (or this equally cool Pan edition) but if I uncover any clues, I'll add them in.

Friday, April 18, 2014

the only girl in the game

Tonight's entry, The Only Girl In The Game, features a pair of perennial PFP faves: author John D. MacDonald and cover artist Robert McGinnis.

Not, in case you were wondering, an entry in his popular Travis McGee series but based on the shenanigans mentioned on the back cover, likely not entirely dissimilar either.

Friday, April 11, 2014

addicted to murder

Next up in this pile of pulp fiction, and rounding out our quartet of mystery / crime novels with the word murder in the title, tonight's entry is Addicted To Murder by Theodore S. Drachman.

Thus far the only credit I've found for the cover is "unknown" but I really like this illustration / painting; it kind of reminds me of Duchamp's Nude Descending A Staircase.

I also love how crude the drawing on the back cover is. I used have a similar picture on my refrigerator drawn by my friend Sophia, who was six at the time.

Friday, April 4, 2014

price tag for murder

Third in our sub-series of otherwise relatively unrelated novels featuring the word murder in the title is Price Tag For Murder by Spencer Dean (aka Prentice Winchell), the seventh in a series of nine books featuring a character named Don Cadee.

Not a private dick, per se, but "the chief of store protection at Amblett's, a fancy Fifth Avenue store" who regularly - or, rather, once per novel - finds himself faced with much more than the standard retail beat cop array of shoplifters, bad check writers and the heathen scum who dare attempt to use the facilities without making a purchase. Things like shady fruit vendors with poison wares.

It's been a while since I read this and, while I may not remember many details not mentioned on the back cover or in the cast of characters, I do remember it being fun. Perhaps some day I will come across another entry in the series, or a credit for the cover art.