Three unforgettable novels by noir master Ledru Baker Jr. in one volume
AND BE MY LOVE
The blockbuster, million copy bestseller in 1951, a beloved Gold Medal classic, is finally back-in-print to enthral a new generation with it’s raw, powerful description of a passionate love affair that had no limits. She belonged to one man…but she wanted another. They tried all the pleasures and they knew all the pain.
A crime lord strong-arms Jack Griffith, a struggling musician, into spying on his wife Mardi, who he suspects is cheating on him…but things go very wrong when Jack falls for her himself.
This book was adapted into the 1990 Canadian TV movie Frame Up Blues aka Le Danse du Scorpion.
Mark Mitchell is a playboy atomic rocket scientist who marries the wrong woman…and is betrayed in the worst possible way. He is quickly arrested, convicted of treason, and sentenced to life in prison. But that’s only the beginning of his nightmare in this lightning-fast, insanely unpredictable, brutal Cold War noir thriller.
ALL 12 NOVELS by Richard Himmel, one of the greatest hard-boiled crime writers of the “Gold Medal” era, in one volume.
Throughout the 1950s, Richard worked by day as an interior designer and at night as a successful writer of paperback original crime novels. His first book, I’ll Find You was a massive, multi-million copy bestseller that almost single-handedly put Fawcett Crest’s famed “Gold Medal Paperbacks” on the literary map. He followed that book with four sequels in the “Johnny Maguire” series and four stand-alone novels.
I’ll Find You (Johnny Maguire #1) 1950 The Shame aka Soul of Passion & Strange Desires ) 1950 The Chinese Keyhole (Johnny Maguire #2) 1951 I Have Gloria Kirby (Johnny Maguire #3) 1951 The Sharp Edge 1952 Beyond Desire 1952 Two Deaths Must Die (Johnny Maguire #4) 1954 Cry of the Flesh 1955 The Rich and the Damned (Johnny Maguire #5) 1958
At this point, his career as an interior designer was exploding, making him a national (and soon international sensation), so he took almost 20 years away from the typewriter, before returning to print with a trio of big, sexy, global spy thrillers in 1977.
The 23rd Web 1977 Lions at Night 1979 Echo Chambers 1982
Four critically acclaimed novels of international espionage, action and terror…all in one volume.
THE SPY IN A BOX * THE CHINESE KEYHOLE * ECHO CHAMBERS * THE 23RD WEB
THE SPY IN A BOX by Ralph Dennis
Will Hall is a CIA agent in a South American country on the brink of Civil War. But when the moderate, rebel leader that Hall covertly supported is assassinated, the spy resigns and retreats to a cabin in the North Carolina woods. His quiet, civilian life is shattered when an unknown adversary frames him for revealing Agency secrets, putting a kill-on-sight target on his back. Hall runs in a global chase to evade death, clear his name, and free himself from the flawless “box job” that could become his coffin.
“A breathless, lean noir thriller. Every line is razor sharp. Jason Bourne fans will find a lot to like.” Publishers Weekly
THE CHINESE KEYHOLE by Richard Himmel
It’s the 1950s, deep in the winter of the cold war. Ex-spy-turned-lawyer Johnny Maguire hadn’t visited Chinatown in a long time, and now he wasn’t there for the tourist attactions. Not that the Chinese Keyhole didn’t have plenty to offer–if you liked that sort of thin. Behind its pseudo-Oriental facade, the strip-club provided unusual entertainment for its off-beat clientele…and the performers were weirder than those who paid to watch them. Somewhere amongst the lust, sadism, and brutality there was the key to a Communist spy ring. And Johnny had to find it…through a mess of murder, mayhem, lust, and sadism he smashed his way to the Chinese Keyhole, where hell was set to music.
“Himmel was a great writer who knew how to keep a story moving. The Chinese Keyhole is sexy and exciting domestic spy fiction,” Paperback Warrior
ECHO CHAMBERS by Richard Himmel
It’s 1982. Angus MacGlendon is an American business tycoon targeted by the Chinese as a key player in their secret plot to become a global industrial and economic superpower…and they will do whatever it takes, from blackmail to violence, to get him to cooperate. He soon becomes a target of the CIA, KGB and spies from Taiwan. To survive, he must play a complicated game of international intrigue and terror with the fate of the world in the balance…
“An exciting novel of international intrigue and terror.” Cincinnati Enquirer
THE 23rd WEB by Richard Himmel
A cold-blooded Arab sheik and his army of psychopathic terrorists use blackmail, kidnapping and murder to force hundreds of rich Amercan Jews to stop giving money to Israel, part of a complex effort to economically cripple the Jewish nation. One man, Justice department attorney Peter Frankel, leads the fight against the insidious plot, drawing him into an inescapable web of twisted sex and brutal violence.
“Slick…there is action, conspiracy, plenty of sex. Himmel knows how to keep everything at a boil. He’s a good storyteller in the Arthur Hailey style. There is so much action that the reader is swept along. It’s like a B-movie of international intrigue. This book will amuse and entertain you.” The New York Times