John B. Thompson

John B. Thompson

John Burton Thompson (1911-1994) was a Louisiana native and World War II veteran who wrote 75 books under his own name and many others under pseudonyms, including Kevin McLeod, Bowie Morton, Gordon Greene, Todd Marshall, and Burton St. John.

He studied engineering in college and spent four years in the United States Marines in the Pacific, from Samoa through Saipan. He broke into publishing in 1950 at age 39 by writing a fan letter to Jack Woolford, author of two books on writing, and a controversial author of “sleazy” fiction. Woolford encouraged Thompson to send him copies of his unpublished manuscripts. Thompson did, and Woolford immediately sold them (including his first novel, Male Virgin), beginning a professional co-authoring and publishing relationship that would last for several years…and get them both into trouble in the early with New York City police for writing “indecent work.”

But Thompson’s many novels, racy at the time and tame by today’s standards, were clearly a cut above what other authors were doing in the “sleaze” genre. He had literary aspirations and, surprisingly, often achieved them with his strong characters, rich writing, and provocative plots, which were psychological and cultural dramas mostly set in his native Louisiana.

He wrote one western, Gunman’s Spawn as Ben Thompson, and it sold 250,000 copies, but the publisher went out of business and he wasn’t able t break into the genre again, much to his disappointment. Although he wasn’t known as a crime writer, many of his “sleazy” books were dark, hard-boiled noir tales, as well written and sharp as anything being published  in that genre. But his work went unnoticed as noir, doomed by the marketing and packaging of his work (though plenty of hard-boiled novels in the 1950s and 60s had equally salacious covers).

Cutting Edge is proud to be reprinting much of his early, hard-to-find books in new ebook and paperback editions.

 

Books by John B. Thompson

Rayne Storm

Rayne Storm

"A cloak and dagger yarn complete with high adventure and sizzling sex. Don't miss it." Orrie Hitt

It's 1959, and the Cold War is Red Hot. American spy Rayne Cantey is sent on a secret mission to Asia, where he must obtain a smalll, steal box containing a deadly secret that could tip the balance of global power.

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Temple of Lust

Temple of Lust

A Federal agent goes to Mexico to foil an espionage plot, but becomes embroiled with a woman and the anceint, pagan rituals of the Mayans. His raging desire could get him killed...and take our country down with him.

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Male Virgin

Male Virgin

This was the first novel written by John Burton Thompson (1911-1994), a Louisiana native and World War II veteran who wrote 75 books under his own name and many others under pseudonyms, including Kevin McLeod, Bowie Morton, Gordon Greene, Todd Marshall, and Burton St. John.

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