Private Eyeful


Introducing Marla Trent — A beautiful body with a brain to match

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Requiem for a Blonde


“Death comes uninvited to a showgirl’s reunion.”


The Aseptic Murders

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Two nude bodies add up to double trouble for Lt. Al Wheeler — as he sets off an explosive formula of kiss and kill!


This Is It, Michael Shayne

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The torn bill in her limp hand matched the half she’d mailed him. He could almost here her say… This Is It, Michael Shayne

A scissors-blade slaying rocks Miami, as a torn $500 bill in the hands of a murdered girl prods Michael Shayne into a danger-filled chase

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The Heart of Siva

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This is my 1,000 post here on, and I think a Weird Tales cover by Margaret Brundage is the perfect way to mark this milestone. She is one of the quintessential artists who defined the look of the quintessential Pulp magazine. This entire issue can be downloaded here

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The Damned Lovely

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A priest… a cop… and a killer. When a prominent rabbi is found stabbed to death in a filthy little oil town…

When a dishonest police captain pins the rap on an innocent bystander…

When an enticing blonde, who knows too much, is taken for a ride…

It’s time for genial, two-fisted Father Shanley and rugged Police Detective Sammy Golden to join forces and clean out a rat hole of vice and murder.

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The Case of the Reluctant Model


Reluctant to do what, I wonder?


The Brazen

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Al Wheeler is stuck with a dad man at his feet — and three high-living females on his hands…

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The Girl Who Was Possessed


A luscious witch practices sorcery and sins herself into an early grave

From the back:

The Voodoo she’d do would drive men wild. Her naked body glowed in the black candlelight as she danced with sensual abandon. She was a witch, a wanton. She played the devil, and she wound up dead! Homicide lieutenant Al Wheeler learns all about sorcery when he investigates the death of a beautiful hex-cat and smashes into a cult of weird worshipers who crave sensation, sin, and Satan.


Kill Now, Pay Later

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She had a glass in one hand, a champagne bottle in the other, and trouble splashed all over her lovely lush body.

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Wanton for Murder


First of a brief series of novels featuring debonair detective Shomri Shomar, loaned by the Israeli government to the New York police department..

Joe Adamo, ambulance attendant, examined the drunk who had fallen off the tenement roof. He didn’t know what he was letting himself in for! For example: Neva Nerrell, the drunk’s gorgeous wife, who had fewer morals than an alley cat; or the drunk himself, not really a drunk, who would recover from his fall, but shortly turn up as a murder suspect!

Joe wanted to be a doctor. Instead he would up playing detective, and was mixed up with diamond smugglers, a wanton killer, and The Mob. Joe was in ‘way over his head. It would take Lieutenant Shomri Shomar, most unconventional of sleuths, to pull him out again.


Time To Prey

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An oriental doll gets shanghaied by murder as Liddell untangles a deadly Chinese puzzle.

“This isn’t the place to talk,” the Chinese girl murmured. Liddell smiled.”Then let’s think of better things to do.”

via Edit: Now with First Edition cover art. Also, see the very informative article on Frank Kane’s Johnny Liddell from Killer Covers.

Drag Me Down


Too Lovely To Forget — Too Dangerous To Love

From the back:

A behind-the-scenes novel of the glamorous world of the summer theater; Where Hollywood starts come to pick up a fast buck, and stay for fly-by-night fun. Where has-been actresses meet new would-be lovers, and find their passionate romances are no more permanent than the sultry vacation season.

And where an indiscreet press agent’s stormy backstage affair with an onstage temptress can violently ring down the curtain on two tempestuous careers.