Friday, May 30, 2014

the "b" girls

As promised in our last entry, tonight we accidentally break up our series of four-for-a-dollar paperbacks purchased during a recent flea market excursion with The "B" Girls by Thomas N. Tomm; a book I'm not really sure we purchased at all. (I believe it was gifted to one of us a while ago and, for one reason or another, never made it on to the blog.)

Anywhoo, in case you were wondering, the term b-girl is defined by Merriam-Webster, and implied by the cover art, as "a woman who entertains bar patrons and encourages them to spend freely." (Not to be confused with this more modern / less prostitution implying usage.)

Sadly, I've been unable to find a credit for the cute Mad Man-esque couple on the cover, nor any information on the author (at the risk of stating the obvious, Thomas N. Tomm is likely a pseudonym), but I did find out about a cute late '70s era all girl punk band of the same name. Check them out here.

And while we're sort of on the subject, aka since it was available, check out the trailer for one of my favorite "b-girl" b-movies...

Friday, May 23, 2014

up jumped passion

Continuing our stroll through this stack of dusty, somewhat disheveled paperbacks is Up Jumped Passion by Don Karl; the third in a group of four (as in four for a dollar) otherwise completely unrelated books that followed us home from the flea market a few weeks ago.

I have to admit this is another one that was chosen for cover over content but, again, can you blame us?

(PS: Normally I would have told you to tune in next week to see the fourth but it appears I rearranged the stack at the time of photoshooting. Which I am wont to do. So interested parties can tune in next week for another saucy title that followed us home in some other fashion, and tune in for the final book in the group two weeks from now ;)

(PPS: Sorry about the missing back cover! On the other hand, what do you expect for a quarter. Plus it likely only contained some text and not another depiction of a naked busty chick frolicking in a lake.)

Friday, May 16, 2014

the violent ones

Next up in this pile of pulp fiction is The Violent Ones, a compilation of short fiction edited by Brant House (not a person but a pseudonym used by assorted members of the Ace Books staff), featuring sordid, assorted tales of assorted, sordid wild punks looking to raise hell by Evan Hunter, Hal Ellson, Jonathan Craig, Robert Turner, Gil Brewer and a couple other authors not quite famous enough to be name checked in either cover blurb.

I have to admit, the juvenile delinquency genre isn't one the husband & I normally gravitate towards as far as reading material. Yet we couldn't resist forking over a quarter to let this bad girl follow us home from the flea market a couple weeks ago. (Can you blame us?)

For the record, I did read one of the shorter pieces while eating lunch today. It was kind of like an episode of Dragnet but with less kicky dialogue and more bloodshed.

On a semi-related topic, this artwork makes me rethink my no high waisted jeans policy. But, also for the record, certainly not my no loafers policy.

Friday, May 9, 2014

the case of the murdered model

As you may have guessed from the photo above, tonight we embark on new journey through another stack of old paperbacks, kicking things off with Thomas B. Dewey's The Case Of The Murdered Model; aka Prey For Me; aka the third in a series of novels featuring a Chicago based PI named Mac.

(Yes, from what I can tell, he is known by one name. Like Cher or Liberace but sans costume changes.)

A dirty, rotten trail to murder with classic cover art, great back cover and, sadly, two missing pages dead center. (Literally. The book is 178 pages long and 88 / 89 is missing.) Sigh! On the other hand, I'm guessing it won't effect our ability to follow the plot too much.

Friday, May 2, 2014

legacy of a spy

Rounding out our journey through this pile of pulp fiction is Legacy Of A Spy by Henry S. Maxfield.

As is the case with a few novels featured here over the years, the story was later loosely adapted into a film; this one. I wasn't able to track down a proper trailer but, thanks to the wonders of You Tube / the Warner Archives, here's a clip:

Truthfully the party scene was the best part of this scene overall but I'd still watch the whole film. Or at least try to.