LESBIAN PULP FICTION 2: Four Lost Classics

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Four bold, lost classics by March Hastings, aka Sally M. Singer, that broke new ground in lesbian pulp fiction…and that have been out-of-print for nearly sixty years.

THE THIRD THEME
Sharon Porter is a single, Manhattan book editor in the midst of a turbulent affair with her boss. But at a writer’s party, Sharon meets Leda, a married woman who is fighting her true, sexual nature. They immediately feel a powerful attraction, one that can’t be denied. It’s tormented bliss. But then Leda’s husband discovers their affair. So the women run off to Sharon’s home town, desperate to experience their passionate moment in time, to explore the possibility of a different kind of life, love in “the third theme,” before the world falls down on them for indulging their forbidden desires…

CRACK-UP
Karen is a woman trapped in a marriage to an impotent man…who finds the passion she craves with other men…and in the willing arms of Jean, a married woman who can never be satisfied by any man. It is the story of Karen’s emotional and physical torment as she seeks what her body craves… and the love her soul needs.

THE DEMANDS OF THE FLESH
Ellen is a widow who pits the propriety of her social position against the awful torment of her desperate emotional and physical needs. For her, the demands of the flesh in particular have become overpowering. She enjoys physical satisfaction with the hedonist Raoul, but it leaves her feeling degraded. She gets comfort and sweet release with the lesbian Nita, and at least finds a tentative peace, but can she go on that way? Her answers may lie with Richard, a medic who helps lead her through the labrynth of emotional and sexual conflict that is threatening to tear her apart.

VEIL OF TORMENT
There’s the Ivy Sherwood the public knew: the actress, the glamorous, beautiful darling of the stage, living a storybook life of champagne and roses with her glittering future ahead of her. And then there’s Ivy off-stage, away from family and friends, prowling the streets, hardly recognizeable without make-up, her eyes shining with tension and craving, picking up any stranger, going into any dingy bedroom. She’s running furiously through her days, seeking escape, needing release, fighting the passionate demon which lives inside her, torturing her, wildly demanding more liquor, more men, more women, anything to sate her uncontrollable sexual desire.

This book was banned, deemed “unmailable” by the U.S. Postal Services, in 1960 and rated “indecent” in the U.S.A and Canada by the National Organization for Decent Literature. Now back in print for the first time in over sixty years.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

“March Hastings” was one of the pseudonyms (along with Laura Duchamp, Viveca Ives, and Alden Stowe) of Sally M. Singer, a lesbian writer born in 1930s and the author of more than 130 novels, across many genres. She is undoubtedly best-known for her string of ground-breaking, lesbian-themed, sexy pulp paperbacks in the 1950s and early 1960s, including The Outcasts, Three Woman, and By Flesh Alone. She wrote many other sexy novels as Hastings, not all of them with a lesbian theme. However, by the late-60s/early 70s, the “March Hastings” pseudonym was co-opted by her publisher and became a house name for many different authors penning lurid paperbacks, diluting and confusing her early legacy as an influential author of lesbian pulp and straight erotic fiction.

THE BEST PULP NOIR FICTION VOLUME SEVEN: Four Hardboiled Novels

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Four complete novels of raw, hard-boiled, pulp noir greatness by three masters of the genre, back-in-print for the first time in sixty years.

THE MURDER SPECIALIST by Bud Clifton * TWO DEATHS MUST DIE by Richard Himmel * THE CHEAT by Robert Dietrich * LET HIM GO HANG by Bud Clifton

THE MURDER SPECIALIST by Bud Clifton
Hal Williams is a specialist with one particular talent to sell: contract murders that appear to be accidents. He’s a professional who does his job with cool, calm, and calculated detachment…or so it seems. It’s all part of a long-term plan for ultimate revenge. But just when everything is coming together…he meets Unne, a mobster’s coldly sensual mistress, a kindred spirit with a dark, devastating secret of her own…and everything changes.

“A tight, lean, nasty little masterpiece of noir.. How is it possible a book this good, this timeless in its cruel brilliance, was unknown and out-of-print for so long? I loved it.” Lee Goldberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author

TWO DEATHS MUST DIE by Richard Himmel
A big movie star’s dark and sordid past in a stag movie comes back to haunt her — it’s up to two-fisted lawyer Johnny Maguire to keep it buried, without getting buried himself.

“Richard Himmel was an outstanding writer… 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 CHEAT by Robert Dietrich
Robert Webster goes to Paris to find himself, and his creative soul, after doing hack-work as a Hollywood screenwriter. He finds Hildreath instead — rich, beautiful, dissolute, who fled to France to satisfy deep, carnal desires no American woman would dare admit to feeling. They begin an affair that’s comfortable and warm… until he makes a shocking discovery that reveals her raw, naked lust. There’s no love in what she’s doing. It’s coarse and cruel and undeniable…and it will shatter their lives.

“Dietrich knows his stuff and handles it well,” The Boston Globe

LET HIM GO HANG by Bud Clifton
An innocent man is tried for murder… and the real killer is on the jury.
“A stylistic virtuoso, matching on the typewriter the lightning flashes of such musical masters as Paganini on the violin,” The Chicago Tribune

SPY GAMES 3: FOUR FULL NOVELS

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Four espionage thrillers by three masters of the genre on one action-packed volume

LIONS AT NIGHT * A TALENT FOR KILLING * CRY OF THE FLESH * BRUTE MADNESS

LIONS AT NIGHT by Richard Himmel
An undercover CIA agent living as a centerfold model and all-around hustler is the key player a deadly, global game of intrique and death where the players include a sexually-ravenous TV newswoman, a powerful Mafia don, and foreign assassins…. but who are actually the hunters and who are the prey for the lions at night?

“A taut thriller that builds to a blazing climax.” Publishers Weekly

A TALENT FOR KILLING by Ralph Dennis
Kane was a top CIA assassin until he suffered traumatic physical and psychological injuries in a mission that went horribly wrong. The Agency wiped his memory, gave him a new identity, and retired him to a life of mundane, anonymous domesticity. But his training, and his talent for killing, came back with a vengeance. He created a new life for himself as a killer-for-hire, righting wrongs for people who can’t find peace or justice any other way. He doesn’t know that his memories are fiction, or that he is always being watched, or that he’s been targeted for death by a rogue faction within the Agency.

“A breathless, lean noir thriller. Every line is razor sharp and without an ounce of fat. Jason Bourne fans will find a lot to like.” Publishers Weekly

CRY OF THE FLESH by Richard Himmel
Lazy playboy & lounge singer Buster Clayton, living in Italy on his ability to seduce wealthy women, is strong-armed by his brother, famous journalist Maxwell Payton, to help the daughter of a Russian diplomat defect with a cache of secret documents that will make an explosive story… and spark an international incident. But all is not what it seems, and soon Buster and the woman, a seductive and deadly cipher herself, are fleeing through Europe, running a gamut of sex, lies, betrayals, and certain death.

“A famous foreign correspondent with a story to get and a secret to hide, a fanatical girl communist who will stop at nothing to serve her cause, and a night club performer who gets way out of his depth add up to plenty of excitement,” Oakland Tribune

BRUTE MADNESS by Ledru Baker, Jr.
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. 

THE BEST PULP NOIR FICTION VOLUME SIX: Four Hard-Boiled Novels

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Four complete novels of raw, hard-boiled, pulp noir greatness by four masters of the genre, back-in-print for the first time in sixty years.

THE HOODS TAKE OVER by Ovid Demaris * BEYOND DESIRE by Richard Himmel * FRISCO FLAT by Stuart James * BRUTE MADNESS by Ledru Baker, Jr.

THE HOODS TAKE OVER
The East Coast mob has moved to Los Angeles and nobody seems willing to stand up to their campaign of terror. But that changes when a young teacher out shopping for groceries witnesses a brutal mob murder, identifies the killers for the police, and is immediately targeted for death. It’s one ordinary man with integrity up against mobsters without a soul. He doesn’t stand a chance… or does he? This book was adapted into the 1958 movie Gang War starring Charles Bronson.

“This is the kind of novel the term ‘Noir’ was coined for..” NB Magazine UK

BEYOND DESIRE
Clarissa…in her arms, Peter achieved manhood. She taught him that to love too many women was to love none at all. He was obsessed with her, drugged by her warmth and willingness. By now, he was ready to kill himself and her if she refused him…

“Decidedly off-beat but nonetheless absorbing. Himmel makes a most unusual story convincing. He should rake’em in.” Pensacola News-Journal

FRISCO FLAT
When his father is beaten-to-death, Korean War vet and ex-prize fighter Frankie Cargo returns to his home in the small, northern California waterfront town of Frisco Flat. Cargo has inherited his father’s fishing boat business and trouble from Sam Barlow, the vicious local cannery owner who rules the town with fear…and with the iron fist of the psychopathic and corrupt Sheriff. If that wasn’t bad enough, Barlow gets involved with the Sheriff’s lover, the voluptuous Tosca Sorrento, who wants more than any man can give. But Barlow won’t be pushed…and never backs down from a fight.

“Pretty darned good. Frisco Flat moves along well. The book is a little better written, a little more literary in places, than many of the hard-boiled novels from that era,” James Reasoner, author of Texas Wind

BRUTE MADNESS
A wild, hard-boiled, pulp novel that will leave you breathless. Once the action starts, it doesn’t let up. 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. 

The Best Pulp Noir Fiction Volume Five: Four Hard-Boiled Novels

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Four complete novels of raw, hard-boiled, pulp noir greatness by four masters of the genre, back-in-print for the first time in sixty years.

The Long Night By Ovid Demaris * The Cheaters by Ledru Baker Jr. * Johnny Come Deadly by Philip Race * Die on Easy Street by James Howard

THE LONG NIGHT
Vince Slader is an ex-cop-turned-PI who is hired by a casino to hunt down a gambler with a $28,000 tab in return for a percentage of the debt. It seems like a straight-forward job until Slader winds up framed for murder. As if that isn’t bad enough, he becomes a target of hard-charging politicians and the West Coast mafia.

“Demaris saturates the prose with gunplay, fast cars and sexy women. The criminals are edgy, but the hero is a valid, uncompromising tough guy who serves as the perfect crime combatant.” The Paperback Warrior

THE CHEATERS
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

JOHNNY COME DEADLY
Johnny was a crap game hustler, but when he blew into town they pegged him wrong. The cops said, ‘Killer,’ and slugged him simple. ‘Lover,’ the rich gal said, and got him even worse mixed up. Next came the ex-striptease queen with the heart of gold or pewter, and the Happiness Boys from the Syndicate. All Johnny had going for him was a fast pair of legs, a faster set of wits, and just maybe, the one female around who could be counted on to win it or lose it for keeps. A fickle broad named Lady Luck.

DIE ON EASY STREET
The ocean tide washed the body up on the beach. It was a woman’s nude body, without a face or a left hand. And when Steve Ashe discovered the remains of the once-beautiful redhead, he vowed to find her killer and hound him to the gallows. But to do it, Ashe has to tangle with a crooked private eye, an insanely jealous photographer, and a kill-crazy police chief…

“Steve Ashe is a badass!” The Paperback Warrior

THE BIG BOLD WEST – Six Epic Novels

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Six epic, critically-acclaimed western novels in one volume!

The Long Way North by Jim Bosworth
The last of the great cattle drives, the compelling story of men pitting their endurance and courage against the land, the animals, and each other.

“An outstanding, beautifully written, epic novel about the end of the trail, the demise of an era. A gripping story, moreover one of outstanding literary merit.” San Francisco Chronicle

The Burntwood Men by Robert McCaig
Montana Territory, 1880. Land baron Cleland Strike, a man of elemental brutality, is bent on carving his own kingdom out of Montana and Canada. One man stands in his way.

“A tremendously exciting western. The novel is wild, raw and lusty, a two-fisted slugging adventure.” Boston Herald

The Wild Ohio by Bart Spicer
It’s the summer of 1790… and Col. Duncan Crosbie, a veteran of the American revolution, leads 300 French emigres in a wagon train from Alexandria, Virginia to their new home in the wilds of Ohio…a quest for freedom that becomes a harrowing struggle for their lives.

“A historical novel filled with color and adventure.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Drowned Man’s Lode by Robert McCaig
Engineer Mike Kendall is hired by a mining company to tunnel into a mountain in Montana to drain a flooded gold mine. But it’s an extremely risky job, made even more dangerous by powerful individuals who will do anything stop him for their own, sinister reasons.

“A different sort of western, a good adventure yarn.” Kirkus Reviews

Texas Heller by E.M. Parsons
Texas: 1869. When a man wearing Yankee blue returns home, he’s a walking target… even for his own brother.

Wild Justice by Robert McCaig
It’s the scorching summer of 1884. John Starr is a one-man judge and jury with gun, driven by fury and an unquenchable need for vengeance, riding the lawless Montana territory

THE CROSBIE SAGA: Two Full Novels by Bart Spicer

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The entire, epic Crosbie Saga… from soldier Duncan Crosbie’s heroics fighting for the French in Canadian war to his dangerous trek from Virginia to Ohio, leading a wagon train of French immigrants to their promised land, battling bloodthirsty Indians and savage, white outlaws every step of the way.

“It’s an epic story, a grand tale about one of the most dramatic times in history.” The Montgomery Alabama Advertiser

THE TALL CAPTAINS
It’s 1759. Duncan Crosbie, exiled Scotsman, soldier of France sails for the New World, to join the tall captains, fighting the British in the northern wilds of Canada . . .

“An exhilirating historical story of the frontier warfare. Bart Spicer breathes life into his novels that makes an experience of reading them, rather than a pastime. This is a longer-than-usual story but one that you will regret must end.” Chattanooga Daily Times

THE WILD OHIO
It’s the summer of 1790… and Col. Duncan Crosbie, a veteran of the American revolution, leads 300 French emigres in a wagon train from Alexandria, Virginia to their new home in the wilds of Ohio…a quest for freedom that becomes a harrowing struggle for their lives.

“The historical background is woven into the story with care, lending realism to the action. Spicer stirs his mixture vigorously in his first attempt at historical fiction. Tension mounts and the suspense races to the denouement.” The New York Times

THE JURY SERIES by Lee Goldberg

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From Lee Goldberg, the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of True Fiction, The Walk, and Lost Hills, comes **all four** of his acclaimed JURY SERIES novels…collected into one mega-sized, pulse-pounding, thrill-ride that will leave you breathless!

JUDGMENT * ADJOURNED * PAYBACK * GUILTY

The complete saga of Brett Macklin, a one-man judge, jury, and executioner, fighting a war on terror on the streets of Los Angeles in the mid-1980s. Over 160,000 words/550 pages of non-stop action, wildly erotic sex, and wicked humor.

“As stunning as the report of a .357 Magnum, a dynamic premiere effort […] The Best New Paperback Series of the year!” West Coast Review of Books

The series, published in 1985, under the title 357 Vigilante was written by “Ian Ludlow”… a pseudonym for Lee Goldberg, who wrote the books while he was still a teenage UCLA student, under the supervision of his professor, novelist Lewis Perdue (The DaVinci Legacy, The Queensgate Reckoning, Daughter of God etc). Goldberg would later go on to write and/or produce such TV shows as Monk, Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest, and The Glades co-create the hit Hallmark Mystery movie series Mystery 101 and write many more novels, including fifteen best-selling “Monk” mysteries, five internationally bestselling “Fox & O’Hare” novels co-authored with Janet Evanovich, and in a nod to THE JURY SERIES, the “Ian Ludlow Thriller” trilogy: True Fiction, Killer Thriller, and Fake Truth. He is also the author of Lost Hills.

A SAMPLING OF THE CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR LEE GOLDBERG:

“A high-octane mystery that moves like a bullet-train!” Janet Evanovich

“Can books be better than television? You bet they can — when Lee Goldberg’s writing them,” Lee Child

“Leaves you guessing right up until the heart-stopping ending,” Lisa Gardner

“Lee Goldberg can plot and write with the best of them,” Mystery Scene Magazine

“If great pacing with awesome characters is what keeps you up at night, then make a pot of coffee and open this book.” Crimespree

“Grabs you from page one with brilliant wit, sharply honed suspense, and a huge helping of pure originality.” —Jeffery Deaver,

“A delight from start to finish, a round-the-world, thrill-a-minute, laser-guided missile of a book.” —Joseph Finder

“An action-packed treasure filled with intrigue, engaging characters, and exciting, well-rendered locales. With Goldberg’s hyper-clever plotting, dialogue, and wit on every page, readers are in for a blast with this one!” —Mark Greaney

“Entertaining and ruefully funny,” Honolulu Star Bulletin

“THE WALK is a magnificent novel — by turns hilarious, scary, sad, witty and ultimately wise on its judgments about the way so many of us live these days. And it’s one hell of a page-turner, too,” Author Ed Gorman, founder of Mystery Scene Magazine

“Harrowing and funny…” -Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

“With books this good, who needs TV?” Chicago Sun Times

“Lee is one of my favorite writers for so many reasons–plotting, character, or his incredible sense of humor. Suffice to say that Goldberg is one infinitely readable master of crime fiction, and King City is Lee at his best.” -Craig Johnson

“You’d be hard-pressed to find another recent work that provides so many hip and humorous moments,” Bookgasm

TWICE THE TERROR: Two Complete Novels by Sebastian Blayne (Jan Huckins)

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Two Complete Novels of Women Facing Unrelenting Terror…. by “Sebastian Blayne,” the brilliant detective and Broadway playwright

HOLIDAY IN HELL

The story of a passion that knew no law…

Every time Moira tried to flee from the past, there was a paralyzing terror, the spectre of evil to torture her. Every loving embrace, every kiss, was under the shadow of death. Someone wanted her dead…each attempt had failed so far, but soon the killer would get it right.

Moira’s only hope is Sebastian “Neddy” Blayne…the flamboyant, wealthy, pampered bon vivant… famous playwright, author and brilliant detective.

Blayne is equal parts Nero Wolfe, Simon Templar and Hercule Poirot…and he is aided in his adventures by his bald, Italian valet Beppo, his red-headed secretary Maggie, and his French poodle Misty…and the ever-diligent NYPD homicide detective Simon Fennelley.

But can he save her…and himself… from a holiday in hell?

This book was previously published under the title Gay Ghastly Holiday

TERROR IN THE NIGHT

“A tense, psychological novel of suspense, written in a brittle, sophisticated manner that will keep the reader in a state of fascination.” Pensacola News-Journal

Memo from Maggie MacMahon: “I’m going back. I guess I’m too ‘lace curtain Irish stubborn’ to be scared off. You say I have bride’s jitters, but Neddy, I know someone in the dowager house means to kill me. The town will be filled with terror for me and I’ll dread the streets at night. I only hope my murderer isn’t Curt, because that would mean I’m marrying a psychopath. Remember how we used to drink Courvoisier out of the toothbrush glass? Will you miss me Neddy? Your loving secretary, Maggie.”

Is Sebastian Blayne’s secretary marrying a psychopathic killer? Will Blayne find the answer before she’s killed…or will he die trying?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

“Sebastian Blayne” was the pseudonym that writer Jan Huckins adopted for two crime novels written in the early 1950s. She was born in 1911 in Oklahoma City, where her parents owned the Huckins Hotel (her mother later jumped to her death from the 8th floor in 1949). She wrote freelance articles for newspapers and magazines and ghost-wrote the scripts (for writer Irma Phillips) for the popular 1942 radio serial Lonely Woman, which she also novelized. In 1959, she co-authored the novel “Face of My Assassin” under her own name with Carolyn Weston. Huckins died in Santa Monica, California in 1981.