Next in my reading queue: Essays on crime fiction writers from the ‘50s through the ‘90s.
Bruno Fischer’s The Bleeding Scissors was first published in 1948. It was a issued as both a paperback book by Signet (#1256) and as a digest by The American Mercury (AM) as Bestseller Mystery B106.
The Bestseller Mystery (BM) edition sports a cover design by George Salter and the indicia states “This mystery has not been cut.” The type is set in a two-column layout, somewhat unusual but not unheard of for the title.
The final two pages of its 128 total feature an “announcement” for other Mercury digests, The Pinball Murders edition of A Jonathan Press Mystery (JPM) by Thomas Black and They Can Only Hang You Once by Dashiell Hammett, part of the Mercury Mystery (MM) series; and a list of recent editions for all three of AM’s titles (MM, BM & JPM).