THE VIOLENT ONES by E. Howard Hunt (Robert Dietrich)

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Paul Cameron walks out of prison after a stint for assault…and heads straight to Paris to find a lost shipment of gold that was smuggled in by the U.S. during WWII to fund the resistance. From the instant he lands in France, he’s plunged into a maelstrom of intrigue, violence, and murder.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

E. Howard Hunt, who also wrote as “Robert Dietrich,” is best known for his role in the Watergate scandal rather than for his great crime novels.

I KILLED STALIN by Sterling Noel

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The Year – 1959. The place – Inside Russia. The Plot – Kill the Red Dictator.

A covert, American agency known as “Bureau X” gives U.S. Naval Intelligence agent Alexis Bodine a new face, a new identity, and a suicide mission — infiltrate the Soviet government as a spy, work his way up to Stalin, and assassinate him before World War III begins.

At the time this controversial novel was published in 1951, I KILLED STALIN was a daring, “near future” thriller, billed by the publisher as a “great fictional account of espionage and high adventure that throbs with the urgency of tomorrow’s headlines.” It was a high-wire act for author Sterling Noel that polarized critics, who either heaped him with praise and lashed him with scorn (for example, Harrison Smith, the President of the prestigious The Saturday Review of Literature called it “a barbarity…there may be others, besides this reviewer, who wish that it was never written. The book can be used by Russian propaganda to perpetuate the libel throught the world that we are brutalized warmongers.” Now it’s an exciting read and, instead of being a futuristic thriller, it’s an unusual time capsule of post-War America in the throes of the cold war.

Praise for I KILLED STALIN

“The high adventure reading of the year, possibly even the decade.” King Features Syndicate

“A rip-roaring adventure novel. The suspense is real.” The Des Moines Register

“Excellently-conceived and executed plot, a tale so convincingly told that one loses sight of the fact that it is fiction, so completely absorbing that a reader stays glued to the pages to the final word of the final chapter. A grand novel.” Montgomery Advertiser

“A bang-up job in both action and suspense.” San Francisco Call-Bulletin

ROOT OF EVIL by James Cross (Hugh J. Parry)

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An Edgar Award Winner for Best First Novel

Jim McCabe was just another ex-GI trying to scribble a living as a writer in Hollywood until he discovers a chest of century-old gold coins buried in his backyard…and decides to keep it, smuggle the coins to Europe, and sell them for a fortune. But there are plenty of people who want to take his treasure from him and are willing to kill the people he loves to do it in this chilling tale of lust, greed and murder..

“A fast-paced, hot-breathing tale…amazingly credible.” Bestseller Magazine

“Vividly realistic.” Sydney Morning Herald

“Thrilling, mystifying and suspenseful to the very end.” New York Morning Telegraph

“A tough thriller that starts on a hot California afternoon and ends in a savage, sadistic grudge fight in a ruined castle on the Rhine.” The Observer (London)

“Six deaths and a great deal of anguish provide the title as well as a read-it-at-one-sitting chiller.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“A fast-moving tale of intrigue, murder and extortion told in a snappy, hardboiled style.”Pulpetti

“James Cross” was the pseudonym of Hugh J. Parry (1916-1997), a career U.S. Information Agency officer who had a PhD in sociology, was fluent in many languages, and wrote novels in multiple genres…as well as book reviews and essays on foreign relations under his own name.

MISTRESS TO MURDER By Robert Dietrich (E. Howard Hunt)

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The fourth adventure in the Steve Bentley series. The Baron was dead and there were plenty of suspects, including his wife. A titled Lady with most unladylike tastes, she taught Steve Bentley that mixing in high society could be downright deadly.

“Steve Bentley [is] series fiction’s toughest tax accountant.” Bill Pronzini & Marcia Muller, 1001 Midnights, The Afficionado’s Guide to Detective Fiction

In life, he’d been every inch The Baron…master of an old Victorian mansion in Georgetown and all he could survey. But now Baron Alejandro Esquivel was just so much fodder for the worms…and it was up to Steve Bentley, ex-Spy-turned-CPA, to find out why. Bentley knews Esquivel’s wife Anita very well…and he knew her half-sister just well enough to know that he wanted to know her better

“As ‘Robert Dietrich,’ E. Howard Hunt wrote ten novels starring Steve Bentley, a Washington D.C. accountant who solves murders in private-eye style. The first thing to know about Bentley is that he isn’t just a paper-pushing CPA. He’s a Korean War veteran who was employed at one time by the U.S. Treasury Department. If you love vintage crime-fiction you should enjoy this tale.” The Paperback Warrior

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert Dietrich was a pseudonym for E. Howard Hunt, better known for his role in the Watergate scandal rather than for his great crime novels. Gore Vidal wrote this about “Robert Dietrich” in The New York Times: “In 1957, H.H. gave birth to ‘Robert Dietrich.’ who specialized in thrillers, featuring Steve Bentley, formerly of the CID and now a tax consultant. H.H. plainly enjoys composing plausible (and implausible) biographies for his characters—not to mention for himself. In Contemporary Authors, H.H. composed a bio for his pseudonym Robert Dietrich, taking ten years off his age, putting himself in the infantry during Korea, awarding himself a Bronze Star and a degree from Georgetown.”

THE CAPTIVE by Norman Daniels

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“An engaging, thoroughly enjoyable literary work. Daniels pulls no punches – this is a violent crime yarn from cover-to-cover.” The Paperback Warrior

World War II veteran Jeff Castle is living a quiet life as a big game hunter in Africa…until he’s called to the bedside of his dying, estranged grandfather in New York, where he learns he’s the sole heir to the man’s business: sixty hotels throughout the state. Castle barely has a chance to absorb the news when he’s seduced by a woman… who is murdered shortly after he leaves her bed. Now, instead of tracking game, he’s hunting for the woman’s killer in the concrete jungle. But the hunter is also the hunted, being stalked by vicous prey — the NY mob, who want to take the empire that he’s inherited, which isn’t what it seems.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

American author Norman Daniels (real name Norman Danberg, 1905-1995) is best known for re-introducing pulp hero Black Bat in 1939. Daniels authored a number of short stories featuring the character for Black Book Detective. Arguably, Black Bat was the catalyst for DC Comics’ iconic Batman. Along with Black Bat, Daniels contributed stories for dozens of pulp magazines like Shadow, Gangster Stories, Thrilling Publications and All Detective. The author’s post-pulp career was immensely successful as Daniels utilized a number of pseudonyms to write crime-noir and adventure paperbacks for a variety of publishers. He also contributed scripts to the TV series Zane Grey Theater, General Electric Theater, Colt. 45, Sugarfoot and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. (Biography courtesy of The Paperback Warrior site)

PIECES OF THE GAME by Lee Gifford

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“This novel kicks total ass. Pieces of the Game is like a deep-water, Clive Cussler treasure hunt crossed with “The Great Escape” with enough intrigue and action to rival both.” Paperback Warrior

Shortly before the U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered to the Japanese on May 6, 1942, they dumped all of Manilla’s silver pesos, valued at $8 million, into the deep water south of Caballo Bay. The Japanese want the fortune, so they force seven American POWs to dive into the cold depths to help recover it…or face torture and death. One man survives to tell the tale…but that harrowing adventure is only the prelude to the rest of his story, set long after the war is over, when he returns to Manilla to face an old enemy.

“Lee Gifford’s strength lies in his ability to tell an epic story. Pieces of the Game was like this grand cinematic experience. The opening events that eventually spills into a high-adventure military tale felt as if they were backed by a rich symphonic score.” The Paperback Warrior

THE RICH AND THE DAMNED by Richard Himmel

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The fourth Johnny Maguire Adventure

Two-fisted lawyer Johnny Maguire is caught in the middle when a wealthy industrialist dies and leaves him in charge of executing the inheritance… which his dead client’s four children are desperate to grab. The children include the industrial’s two daughters, one of whom has shared Johnny’s bed and another who would like to. Meanwhile, a mobster is eager to take-over the dead man’s business…even if it means killing.

I HAVE GLORIA KIRBY by Richard Himmel

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Johnny Maguire is back in his third adventure — a hurricane of guys, gals and guns

The wife of the biggest mob boss in town walks into Johnny’s office with a suitcase full of stolen cash and asks for his help. She’s also Johnny’s first love, the woman who ripped out his heart ten years ago. He knows he should say no…but he can’t stop himself.

HARD LAW: FIVE COMPLETE NOVELS by Richard Himmel

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All FIVE novels in the gritty, hard-boiled series featuring two-fisted lawyer Johnny Maguire

I’LL FIND YOU

Johnny Maguire is a struggling lawyer who falls into a passionate affair with the widow of one of his clients. She disappears… supposedly taking a suicide dive into the ocean. But Maquire doesn’t buy it and starts searching for her…a quest that pits him against the mob and spirals into a twisted story of sex and murder.

“In its own twisted way, it’s a love story…with lots of raw emotion, with plenty of melodrama. And a really great final scene and line, very much in keeping with the character of Johnny Maguire.” Bill Crider

“Richard Himmel was an outstanding writer, and I’ll Find Youis a quality book… likely to please readers of well-written hardboiled crime who are also comfortable with some romance and human drama in their stories.” The Paperback Warrior

THE CHINESE KEYHOLE

Was the big blonde a willing victim to the sadist with the whip, or did she hold the key to the Communist spy ring? Johnny had to know…and the answer was at The Chinese Keyhole, the hottest and deadliest nightclub in Chinatown. where hell was set to music.

TWO DEATHS MUST DIE
A big movie star’s dark and sordid past in a stag movie comes back to haunt her. It’s up to Johnny to keep her secret buried, without getting buried himself.

THE RICH AND THE DAMNED

Lawyer Johnny Maguire is caught in the middle when a wealthy industrialist dies and leaves him in charge of executing the inheritance… which his dead client’s four children are desperate to grab. The children include the industrial’s two daughters, one of whom has shared Johnny’s bed and another who would like to. Meanwhile, a mobster is eager to take-over the dead man’s business…even if it means killing.

I HAVE GLORIA KIRBY

The wife of the biggest mob boss in town walks into Johnny’s office with a suitcase full of stolen cash and asks for his help. She’s also Johnny’s first love, the woman who ripped out his heart ten years ago. He knows he should say no…but he can’t stop himself.