Friday, June 27, 2014

cry hard, cry fast

Next up in our survey of this pile of thrifted pulp fiction penned by prolific author John D. MacDonald is "a ruthless collision of passions" Cry Hard, Cry Fast.

I haven't read this one yet but I gather the collision part is only partly a euphemism - it seems the plot revolves around a car accident and the lives of those who collide; ruthlessly, passionately or otherwise.

Friday, June 20, 2014

area of suspicion

Speaking of one of our favorite authors 'round these parts, John D. MacDonald (which we were in our previous entry) when shelving said entry I decided to see how many other similarly minded / samely penned non-Travis McGee related novels were on our shelf of dusty thrifted / flea marketed paperbacks. As you can see from the impromptu photo shoot above, there were quite a few that never made it to the blog. So...

Kicking off this series of non-series novels is Area Of Suspicion.

Previously published by Collier's in an abridged / serialized version as My Brother's Widow and, in this edition at least, featuring a foxy red headed, maxi dress-ed chanteuse on the cover(s) courtesy fellow perennial PFP fave Robert McGinnis.

(Actually 8 of the 9 books seen in the pic above feature covers by McGinnis so more on this pairing next week.)

Friday, June 13, 2014

the girl, the gold watch, & everything

Rounding out this pile of pulp fiction is perhaps the least interesting of the bunch, cover-wise (no offense to the lady in the photo), but penned by a pretty popular author 'round these parts The Girl, The Gold Watch, & Everything by John D. MacDonald.

Interestingly, not a book featuring the bawdy adventures of everyone's favorite "salvage consultant" Travis McGee but apparently, a science fiction novel.

And, later, a TV movie. Starring this guy and Mindy, of Mork And Mindy fame. So you know what's coming next right?

Believe it or not, this was popular enough to spawn an non-MacDonald novel related sequel; starring neither of the aforementioned people but with the addition of Morgan Fairchild. Oh the 1980s!

PS: Yeah, I found a commercial for that too.

And on that note I am off to watch a guy in a hockey mask kill some horny teenagers. Happy Friday the 13th!

Friday, June 6, 2014

the flagellator

To revisit a theme from a couple posts back, tonight's entry is the fourth and final book in our series of recent four-for-a-dollar flea market finds, The Flagellator by Carter Brown.

Unlike the previous books penned by Brown to appear on the blog, not a novel featuring the adventures of New York City based detective Danny Boyd mystery, nor a novel featuring the adventures of Los Angeles based detective Al Wheeler, but a novel featuring the adventures of Hollywood based detective Rick Holman. Totally different!

Cover by Robert McGinnis

Interestingly, McGinnis art is one constant over the three different series and, of course, that's an observation not a complaint.