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

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“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.

THE WALK by Lee Goldberg

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The epic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling Author Lee Goldberg

It’s one minute after the Big One. Marty Slack, a TV network executive, crawls out from under his Mercedes, parked outside what once was a downtown Los Angeles warehouse, the location for a new TV show. Downtown LA is in ruins. The sky is thick with black smoke. His cell phone is dead. The freeways are rubble. The airport is demolished. Buildings lay across streets like fallen trees. It will be days before help can arrive.

Marty has been expecting this day all his life. He’s prepared. In his car are a pair of sturdy walking shoes and a backpack of food, water, and supplies. He knows there is only one thing he can do … that he must do: get home to his wife Beth, go back to their gated community on the far edge of the San Fernando Valley.

All he has to do is walk. But he will quickly learn that it’s not that easy. His dangerous, unpredictable journey home will take him through the different worlds of what was once Los Angeles. Wildfires rage out of control. Flood waters burst through collapsed dams. Natural gas explosions consume neighborhoods. Sinkholes swallow entire buildings. After-shocks rip apart the ground. Looters rampage through the streets.

There’s no power. No running water. No order.

Marty Slack thinks he’s prepared. He’s wrong. Nothing can prepare him for this ordeal, a quest for his family and for his soul, a journey that will test the limits of his endurance and his humanity, a trek from the man he was to the man he can be … if he can survive The Walk.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR LEE GOLDBERG

“Can books be better than TV? You bet they can — when Lee Goldberg’s writing them. Get aboard now for a thrill ride,” Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author.

“You’ll finish this book breathless!” Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Leaves you guessing right up until the heart-stopping ending,” Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author.

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

“Lee Goldberg gives THE WALK a richness and truthfulness that wouldn’t exist if it were only about a cardboard man fighting exterior threats. The story becomes far more poignant because it is about the hero’s moral courage as much as it is about a paralyzed world. This is memorable fiction.” — Richard Wheeler, Spur Award winning author

“Entertaining and ruefully funny,” Honolulu Star Bulletin

“When it comes to delivering a first-rate mystery, Lee Goldberg has the hands of a master surgeon,” Rick Riordan, New York Times bestselling author

“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,” Ed Gorman, founder of Mystery Scene Magazine

“Harrowing and funny…” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

“Lee Goldberg’s hard-to-classify but not-be-missed THE WALK, set in the aftermath of a major Los Angeles earthquake, pokes fun at the TV industry in the midst of disaster…” -Jon Breen, The Year In Mystery and Crime Fiction

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

“THE WALK is one of the very best novels you’ll read this year or any other year.” – Author James Reasoner

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

“More than anything, THE WALK is a story that makes us confront the fact that most of the time most of us can’t save the day–we can only save ourselves.” –The Unfanboy Blog

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar & two-time Shamus Award nominee and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty novels. He’s also written and/or produced scores of TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest and Monk.

MURDER ON HER MIND by Robert Dietrich (E. Howard Hunt)

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The Fifth Steve Bentley Adventure

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

She was a lush-bodied, Latin Chanteuse with a song on her lips, passion in her heart, and murder on her mind…

“My name is Steve Bentley, and I’d seen Chula Marques on TV before, but seeing Chula perform in person was something entirely different. The TV tube had always shot her from the waist up. Now I knew why.

Her voice was throaty and true, the way Latin voices are supposed to be, but nothing sensational. What made the customers edge forward was what she did with her hips and legs while she was singing. The message was a little too basic for the home audience.

Oh, she was quite a little girl all right, a girl of many faces. Daughter of a penny ante revolutionist, protegee of the biggest racketeer since Al Capone, estranged wife of a too-handsome Princetonian type who was drowning his misery the slow painful way.

My client, Chula Marques, singer of songs. My love, carrier of murder…”

“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.”

MURDER ON THE ROCKS by Robert Dietrich (E. Howard Hunt)

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The First Novel in the Steve Bentley Series
“The Steve Bentley series simply rocks, a string of entertaining high-energy, hard-boiled romps that are perfect examples of the late fifties/early sixties paperback P.I.”The Thrilling Detective

Ex-spy Steve Bentley works as a Washington D.C. accountant with a tendancy to get into trouble…. and this time it comes from two women, Iris Sewell and her sister Sara, daughters of an American diplomat. 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.

“Howard Hunt chose Washington, DC, as setting for the Robert Dietrich thrillers starring Steve Bentley. He writes knowledgeably of the brokendown bars, the seedy downtown area, the life along the wharfs in his hard-boiled pages.” Gore Vidal, New York Times

“Steve Bentley [is] series fiction’s toughest tax accountant. This is one of the better books in the Bentley series and most of the tough narrative rings true.” Bill Pronzini & Marcia Muller, 1001 Midnights, The Afficionado’s Guide to Detective Fiction

“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.”

CALIFORNIA CRIME: FOUR COMPLETE NOVELS by Ovid Demaris

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Four brutal, hard-charging crime novels set in Los Angeles in the late 1950s… when the East Coast mob was making a big move to the West Coast and leaving a trail of bodies and blood in their wake…. by international bestselling author Ovid Demaris, an expert on organized crime.

“Demaris is a writer of real talent…as good as pulp fiction gets.” NB Magazine UK

“Whoever said crime doesn’t pay has never spoken to Ovid Demaris.” New York Times

RIDE THE GOLD MARE

Corrupt LAPD cop Vince Fusco crosses a big line when he executes a drug dealer for his drugs and his woman…but things get worse when he realizes there might have been witnesses. Now he’s violently raging through the sordid alleys and back streets of L.A.’s drug culture, searching for the witnesses and a big heroin shipment. The only one standing in Fusco’s way is a lowly reporter on the crime beat…a guy who has more bourbon than blood running through his veins… chasing a story that could be his final byline.

“Didn’t someone say that life in the early Middle Ages was ‘nasty, brutish, and short’? That’s a pretty good description of this book. Demaris was good.” Bill Crider, award-winning writer of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes novels.

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.

“Published in 1957, this crime story still has the power to shock. Even now this kind of nakedly nihilistic thriller isn’t common, this is the kind of novel the term ‘Noir’ was coined for. Brutal and doom laden, this vision of the world as it really is makes your heart race while your mind rages at the unfairness of life.” NB Magazine UK

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.

THE ENFORCER

When someone needs bribing, beating or killing, the L.A. mob sends The Enforcer to do the job. He drives the flashiest cars, he wears the most expensive clothes, and he beds the hottest women. He has the connections and the money to buy just about anything… or anyone…that he wants.

But now The Enforcer is being hunted… by a young, ambitious cop. The Enforcer knows there’s only one way this can end…with one of them in a grave. That’s fine with him.

THE ENFORCER by Ovid Demaris

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When someone needs bribing, beating or killing, the L.A. mob sends The Enforcer to do the job. He drives the flashiest cars, he wears the most expensive clothes, and he beds the hottest women. He has the connections and the money to buy just about anything… or anyone…that he wants.

But now The Enforcer is being hunted… by a young, ambitious cop. The Enforcer knows there’s only one way this can end…with one of them in a grave. That’s fine with him.

Thirty years after the publication of this noir classic, Demaris would write The Last Mafioso, the bestselling biography of Jimmy Fratiano, a real-life enforcer in Los Angeles.

SEASON OF ASSASSINS by Geoffrey Wagner

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World War II is over but the terror remains for one guilty officer stained with the blood of his own men…and stalked by an enemy obsessed with violent revenge.

Only one other man knew the crimes of Philip Stevens… who had shot one of his own soldiers during a raid behind enemy lines in Africa, knowingly sent to other men straight into German fire, and faked his way out of battle into a hospital, where he perverted the tenderness of love-starved nurse to his own, desperate needs. And while Stevens struggles to cover his ugly tracks, the sole witness to his cowardice relentlessly pursues him in a chilling, suspense thriller that leads to a stunning climax.

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE by Sterling Noel

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“Tops in spy-suspense stories” New York Journal-American

Banker Randall McCarey is an extremely dangerous ex-spy, skilled in handling a variety of weapons and lethal women, who is drafted by the CIA for a secret mission in France tied to his work in counter-espionage during the war … and who is targeted for death from the moment he lands.

 

THE HOUSE ON Q STREET by Robert Dietrich (E. Howard Hunt)

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“The Steve Bentley series simply rocks, a string of entertaining high-energy, hard-boiled romps that are perfect examples of the late fifties/early sixties paperback P.I.”
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Steve Bentley was a spy during the Korean War and now works as an accountant in Washington D.C. But his conservative job hides a brutal toughness…and a tendancy to get himself in trouble. He 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…

The third book in the Steve Bentley series, written by Robert Dietrich, a pseudonym for E. Howard Hunt, better known for his role in the Watergate scandal rather than for his great crime novels.

END OF A STRIPPER by Robert Dietrich (E. Howard Hunt)

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Her nude body was on the display for one last time…in the morgue

It’s Washington D.C., 1959. Linda Lee was a stripper… a sultry Venus, cynically exhibiting her body to anyone who could pay the price. 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. Looking down at her on a morgue slab, Steve swore he would find her killer and make him pay.

This is the second action-packed Steve Bentley novel by “Robert Dietrich,” the pseudonym for ex-CIA agent and convicted Watergate felon E. Howard Hunt, who wrote ten books in the series, nine of them between 1959 and 1962… and one more in 1999, Guilty Knowledge, under his own name.

“Hunt’s second Bentley thriller is an intriguing, pulse-pounding hardboiled crime-novel with all of the desirable genre tropes – sultry women, crooked men and the inevitable chase for wealth and power.” Paperback Warrior

“All in all, a pretty enjoyable series. There just aren’t enough hard-drinkin’, two-fisted, pistol-packin’ playboy accountants who make like P.I.s, if you ask me.”
The Thrilling Detective