“The Paul Ringer home in Camden, New Jersey was on the broad tree-shaded Van Hook Street. It was a neat, pleasant looking house, setback from the street and surrounded by a spacious and well kept lawn. Everything about it gave a feeling of comfortable, happy, sedate family life.”
“Murder Without Clues” Joe Clarke, Philadelphia Inquirer
The Big Story #1, Oct. 1951
Jonathan Press Mystery J56
Dead Weight was the fifth Johnny Liddell novel, I believe first published as a paperback by Dell (#665) in 1951. But in that same year, it also saw print via Lawrence Spivak’s A Jonathan Press Mystery digest (#J56) with a cover by George Salter.
Dead Weight is a fine example of Kane’s work. The exotic underworld of the tongs and Chinatown, entwined with a federal investigation may seem too sophisticated for the street-smart detective who enters the scene too late, with too little context to keep up, let alone outmatch them. But Kane delivers enough twists and carefully laid clues to allow his champion to surprise everyone by the final chapter.
Dead Weight has been in print through the years in several editions and is relatively easy to find in used book venues. New editions are also available in ebook from Prologue Books and print from Armchair Fiction.
“The brown, rather sad-looking eyes of Detective Lieutenant Sammy Gomez, homicide, receded like tail lights disappearing down the long dark road.”
“The Floating Finger” by Dean Evans
The Mysterious Traveler Magazine #2, Jan. 1952
The Handprint by Lesann Berry
Lesann Berry, author of “The Presidential Collection” that appeared in TDE #1, has a new long short available now: The Handprint is File #1 of the Alternate History Archive.
Newly arrived Annabelle Lash takes the first job she’s offered when she lands on the west coast. As a barely-trained morgue attendant, it’s her job to scoop up the dead and avoid taking any grief from local law enforcement. Unprepared for her first crime scene, she battles both a forbidden hunger and an unexpected attraction to the sexy Detective Smithson. Clued in to the secret identity of the Handprint Killer, she struggles to balance her new life, resist the charms of her admirer, and disappear into the hidden community of ghouls. But it turns out, she’s not the only one with secrets to protect and despite her efforts to put distance between herself and Smithson, her panties keep hitting the floor and the killer’s victim tally climbs ever higher.
Just 99¢ from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.
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“It was just before midday on one of the wettest March mornings I ever remember that Louis, manager of the Milan Grill Room and my associate in many recorded and unrecorded enterprises, rang me up in my apartment.”
“The Knaves’ Messenger” by E. Phillips Openheim
The Saint May 1957
Astounding Card Set box
All 50 cards feature an Astounding Stories cover, beginning with the first issue, January 1930 on card #1, through October 1943 on card #50. The backs include “Fascinating background information written by noted science fiction historian Bob Weinberg. . . .”
Most of the covers are from 1930s issues, and feature art- work by H.W. Wesso, Howard Brown, Charles Schneeman, Hubert Rogers, William Timmins and Graves Gladney.
Remarkably, the set is still available brand new from analogsf.com for $8.95 plus $3.50 shipping.
“‘When I was down here last year ____’ said Sir Henry Clithering, and stopped.
His hostess, Mrs. Bantry looked at him curiously.”
“The Blue Geranium” by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Traveler Magazine #2, Jan. 1952
All Due Respect #7
Sept. 2015 Final Issue: website
“Wet City” Ray Zacek
“Shoot the Dog” by Joe L. Murr
“Histories of the Dead” by Math Bird
“Dead Dogs and Boomsticks” by Matthew J. Hockey
“Night Driver” by Brian Haycock
“Six-Inch Valley” by Frank Byrns
Interviews with Kjetil Hestvedt of 280 Steps and Patricia Abbott
Reviews of Take Down by James Swain, Thieves Fall Out by Gore Vidal, Hashtag By Eryk Pruitt, Laughing at Dead Men by Keith Rawson, Wrong Crowd By Richard Godwin Surrounded by Bastards by Brian Smith
Preview of Nine Toes in the Grave by Eric Beetner, coming from All Due Respect Books
Editor: Chris Rhatigan
Associate Editor: Mike Monson
Cover: Eric Beetner
4.25” x 6.75” 176 pages
Available in print and digital formats
“How well I remember you, my darling. I see you even now as I saw you then, that strange orange evening when your silver steed plunged down to find a haven upon my world of Frth.”
“All of You” by James McConnell
Beyond Fantasy Fiction July 1953