Originally published as Soul of Passion, the first novel by Richard Himmel, who would become a bestselling and widely acclaimed author of crime novels and thrillers…as well as a world-renowned interior designer.
They were lost when they tried the dangerous bypaths of love.
From the bright lights of fame, they fled into the a darkness with their burden of guilt. They loved, but the disease of hate ate into their love, twisting and torturing it. They fled into the bypaths of love, and found they could run from everything but themselves.
Two raw, hard-boiled novels featuring Vince Slader, an ex-cop turned PI, working the dark side of Hollywood.
THE LONG NIGHT
Slader 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.
“An enjoyable 1950s crime-fiction novel that retains most of the flavor of the genre’s mid-century pioneers. If you are a fan of authors like Frank Kane and Mickey Spillane, The Long Night is sure to please.” The Paperback Warrior
THE GOLD-PLATED SEWER
Slader is hired to protect Freddie Sharpe, an obscenely rich, obscenely arrogant, obscenely talented, and obscenely obscene big name singer… who moves through the sin-filled mansions, back alleys, bars, clubs and studios of Tinseltown with an entourage of hangers-on and sychophants, any one of whom could be homicidally jealous of their not-so-benevolent benefactor.
“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
They call him Johnny Berlin and he has an instinct for cards… for trouble…and for women.
KILLER TAKE ALL
He’d dealt at all the biggest tables in Reno and Vegas. He’d told the head of the gambling syndicate to go to hell–and repeated the message to his hired killers. He’d had women throwing themselves at him at every turn… and he loved it. That was Johnny Berlin. Who would have thought he’d find the dice loaded against him in a peanut-sized town off a back road in northern California? Who would have thought he’d fall for a nice girl? And who would have thought he’d risk his life for her? Nobody…least of all Johnny Berlin himself.
On his way from San Francisco, Johnny gets lost in the fog while driving the costal route to Portland, Oregon. Stopping to get directions from a stranger turns out to be deadly, when the man —a dangerous racketeer—turns up dead and Johnny is pegged as the killer. Now it’ll take all his smarts and toughness to save himself and the woman he loves.
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
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.
Seven Sizzling Novels in the Steve Bentley Series in One Action-Packed Ebook!
MURDER ON THE ROCKS * END OF A STRIPPER * HOUSE ON Q STREET * MISTRESS TO MURDER * THE CALPYSO CAPER * MURDER ON HER MIND * ANGEL EYES
“There just aren’t enough hard-drinkin’, two-fisted, pistol-packin’ playboy accountants, if you ask me.” The Thrilling Detective
MURDER ON THE ROCKS
Steve Bentley has a tendancy to get into trouble…. and this time it comes from two women, daughters of an American diplomat, who want him to find a 29-carat emerald known as Madagascar Green is missing from their father’s safe…and the search for it soon pits Steve against drug smugglers and killers.
END OF A STRIPPER
Linda Lee was a stripper… but to Steve Bentley, she would always be the honey-skinned child with hair the color of spun taffy, a warm-hearted kid with soft lips and soft body. And now she was dead.
“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
HOUSE ON Q STREET
Steve agrees to help Francie Ballou, a teenage addict and mother who is ensnared in a murder plot that involves the mob. To get her out of it, Steve may have to do some killing himself…
MISTRESS TO MURDER
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 dead…and it was up to Steve to find out why.
MURDER ON HER MIND
She was a lush-bodied, Latin Chanteuse with a song on her lips, passion in her heart, and murder on her mind…and Steve could be her next victim.
She Died The Way She Lived…in the Heat of Passion. Now Bentley is Going to Make Her Killer Pay.
“A Washington-based CPA, Bentley fits the stereotype of a private eye better than an accountant. He’s is hard-hitting, adventurous and attractive to women. The most interesting novel, from an historical point of view, is ‘Angel Eyes.'” Encyclopedia Mysteriosa
Steve Bentley travels to the Virgin Islands, a tropical paradise where the weather is hot and the women are hotter…to find out who killed his old friend, a casino boss.
“A solid potboiler… it’s got enough stylistic flair, high-octane twists, and layered mystery that make it a perfect page-turner. Hunt’s execution is enjoyable; his prose is superb at times, reminding you that he beat out Gore Vidal and Truman Capote to win a Guggenheim Fellowship. It’s the kind of book that really grows on you, with the depth and complexity of the murder-mystery plot drawing you in.” Battered, Tattered, Yellowed And Creased
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.”
“As dark and twisted as anything Hammett or Chandler ever dreamed up….” Kirkus, Starred Review
“Approaching the level of Lawrence Block is no mean feat, but Goldberg succeeds with this engaging PI novel.” Publishers Weekly
Harvey Mapes is a 26-year-old security guard who spends his nights in a guard shack outside a gated community in Southern California, reading detective novels, watching reruns, and waiting for his life to finally start… which happens when Cyril Parkus, one of the wealthy residents, asks Harvey to follow his beautiful wife Lauren.
The lowly security guard jumps at the opportunity to fulfill his private eye fantasies and use everything he’s learned from Spenser, Magnum, and Mannix. But things don’t exactly go according to the books…or the reruns. As Harvey fumbles and stumbles through his first investigation, he discovers that the differences between fiction and reality can be deadly.
With the help of his mortgage broker neighbor and occasional lover Carol, Harvey uncovers a blackmail plot that takes a sudden and unexpectedly tragic turn…plunging him into a world of violence, deception and murder… and forcing him to discover what it really takes to be a private eye.
(This book was previously released under the title “The Man With the Iron-On Badge” and nominated for Best Novel by the Private Eye Writers of America)
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR “WATCH ME DIE”
“A wonderfully fresh voice in the mystery genre, Goldberg will delight fans of Janet Evanovich and Robert Crais,” – Rick Riordan, author of “Percy Jackson & the Olympians”
“Lee Goldberg bravely marches into territory already staked out by some fierce competition–Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block, the early Harlan Coben–and comes out virtually unscathed.” The Chicago Tribune
“Goldberg has a knack for combining just the right amount of humor and realism with his obvious love for the PI genre and his own smart ass sensibilities. […]A terrific read. Goldberg is the real deal and should be on everyone’s must read list.” Crimespree Magazine
“A quick, fun read with a satisfying and unexpected ending. Harvey Mapes is a hero I hope we see in a sequel.” — Phillip Margolin, author of “Gone But Not Forgotten”
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
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.