MICKEY SPILLANE

Stock I have not stock checked all these titles but am pretty confident I know where they are – when I get time I will add the hard backs I have. ( I think the Arthur Barker title is a hard back)

TitlePublisherPriceConditionDate
Day Of the GunsBAG 04£2.50
Day of the GunsCorgi£2.50vg1966
I. The JuryArthur Barker£20.00vg1952
Killer MineCorgi£2.50vg1967
Killer MineCorgi£1.50vg1969
Killer MineCorgi£1.50vg1973
Kiss Me, DeadlyBarker Dragon£5.00vg
Me HoodCorgi£2.50vg
My Gun is QuickCorgi£2.501960
One Lonely NightBarker Dragon£4.00vg
One Lonely NightCorgi£3.00vg1960
The Big KillBarker Dragon£5.00vg
The Big KillCorgi£3.50vg
The Delta FactorCorgi£2.50vg1971
The FlyerCorgi£2.50vg1967
The Girl HuntersCorgi£2.50
The Girl HuntersCorgi£2.50
The Long WaitSignet£4.00vg1952
The Long WaitCorgi£1.00g
The Long WaitBarker Dragon£5.00vg
Vengeance is MineSignet£2.50vg1955
Vengeance is MineCorgi£1.00vg-

“Hard Boiled” English Editions

Darcy Glinto – You took me….keep me…

Only one on offer on ABE for £175 though I have found one elsewhere for only £100. Published in 1950 by Robin Hood Press cover art by Terry. Internally the staples look dark but the paper is free of foxing and discolouring, in fact in much better condition then many much newer publications.

£55.00

Darvy Glinto – Deep South Slave

I can’t find this for sale anywhere, but have found it described as a very rare book Published by Robin Hood Press in 1951. Introduction in the book “While all the characters in this book are entirely fictional and every incident is imaginative and original, the author readily and gratefully acknowledges that the story was wholly inspired by John L. Spivak’s “Georgia Nigger” [Wishart & Company, London] That book, based upon a study officially authorized by the Prison Commissioners of Georgia, documented and photographically illustrated, is a piece of brilliant and courageous reporting which must move any reader possessed of humane instincts” This copy is in near fine condition. The price below includes UK postage.

£60.00

The Brute – Paul Renin

This edition was published by R & L Locker in 1946 in Stoke on Trent. Though I can’t find this edition for sale anywhere, a few other titles by this author are on offer. This is clean tight copy This price includes UK Postage.

£27.00

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I, Mobster – Anonymous

This edition was published by Gaywood Press in London in 1952, again though there are many copies of the Gold Medal edition for sale on ABE I can’t find the Gaywood edition. Interestingly the 1951 Gold medal cover has a slightly different version of the cover art on this edition. This copy is tight but has a slight bit missing from spine that has been repaired with magic tape, please ask if you want more details. The price below includes UK postage.

£25.00

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Manhunt Detective Story Monthly November 1953 Vol 1 no. 4

Not in the same league as the rest of these offerings but the cover was worth inclusion and the contributing authors are impressive ; Mickey Spillane (serial), Henry Kane, David Goodis, Patrick Wilmot. Richard Ellington, Richard Deming, Evan Hunter, Robert Turner, Kris Neville and Roy Carroll. I am offering this to any UK location for £7.00

£7.00

Nobody Knows the Dead by Dale Bogard

Published in 1951 by World Distributors Manchester, this is a very nice, though slightly “cocked” copy. Another book of which I have not been able to find another copy for sale. Through the post to UK address

$30.00

A lot of these titles were produced when it was difficult to get American Paperbacks in the UK and saw the opportunity to cash in on the popularity of Hank Janson.

Passage to Terror by Edward Ronns (Edward S Aarons)

Published by Gaywood Press undated but around 1952 this is a very good plus (near fine) copy. Posted to a UK address for £25

£25.00

Don’t Cry, Beloved – Edward Ronns (Edward S Aarons)

Another Gaywood offering would have been vg+ but for the Staple Stains bleeding through the front cover. To a UK address £17.50

£17.50

Too Good for the Poor – Nat Karta

A rare title from a rare author. Published by Muir-Watson about 1952. A book in VG condition Sent to any UK Destination £50

£50.00

I the Jury by Mickey Spillane

Published by Arthur Barker a rarer example of a book much more common in other formats. To UK Address £20

£20.00

So Rich, So dead – Gil Brewer

Another Gaywood title in vg Posted to UK £20

£20.00

Satan is a Woman – Gil Brewer

The Gaywood Press edition of this rare book. The spine has been repaired with magic tape otherwise vg To UK address £50

£50.00

I have many other titles that should be labelled Hard Boiled but I have listed most just as crime, I will rectify that on stock checking (if I ever get round to it)

Hank Janson – Update

The list below have been stock checked this year, so theoretically I know where they are

Stock

TitlePublisherPriceConditionDate
Angel AstrayCompact£3.00vg
Dateline DianeCompact£3.00vg
Go With a JerkHJ£5.00vg
I for IntrigueCompact£2.50vg-
Reluctant HostessHJ£2.50vg
Sentence for SinHJ£3.50vg1960
AmokGaywood£50.00vg+
AuctionedGaywood£50.00vg+
Baby, Don’t Dare SquealGaywood£50.00vg
BewitchedMoring£7.00vg+
ConflictGaywood£40.00vg
CorruptionGaywood£50.00vg+
Death Wore a PetticoatGaywood£50.00vg
Desert FuryGaywood£55.00f
Don’t Dare me, SugarGaywood£40.00vg
Frails Can Be so ToughGaywood£20.00vg
Hotsy-You’ll be ChilledGaywood£40.00vg
Jack SpotMoring£50.00vg+
Janson Go HomeR & V£20.00vg+1961
Kill Her if you CanGaywood£40.00vg+
Lola Brought Her WreathGaywood£40.00vg
Milady Took the RapGaywood£15.00vg
Sadie don’t cry nowGaywood£40.00vg
Sister Don’t Hate MeGaywood£15.00vg
SuspenseGaywood£40.00vg+
Sweetie, Hold Me TightGaywood£25.00vg-
The Bride Wore WeedsGaywood£35.00vg
The Exotic Seductress #13Gold Star£2.50vg-1964
The Lady Has a ScarGaywood£20.00vg
They Die AloneMoring£10.00vg
TormentGaywood£40.00vg+
Torment for TrixieGaywood£20.00vg
WhiplashGaywood£25.00vg
Berlin BriefingCompact£2.50vg-
Bid for BeautyCompact£2.50vg-
Brand ImageCompact£4.00vg
Doctor FixCompact£4.00vg
Fan FareCompact£2.50vg
Fast BuckCompact£5.00vg
Frame and FortuneCompact£4.00vg
Globe ProbeCompact£2.50vg-1969
HeartacheCompact£4.00vg
Hillary’s TermsCompact£2.50vg
Junk MarketCompact£2.50vg-
Lake LootCompact£2.50vg
Lament for a LoverCompact£5.00vg
Limbo LoverCompact£2.50vg
Make Mine MinkCompact£2.50vg-1966
Mayfair SlayrideCompact£2.50vg-
Model in MayhamCompact£5.00vg
Nerve CentreCompact£2.50vg-1963
Pattern of RapeCompact£2.50vg
SprungCompact£2.50vg
Square 1Compact£5.00vg1964
Strange RitualCompact£4.00vg+
Tail StingCompact£2.50vg
The Last LadyCompact£5.00vg
The Long ArmCompact£3.00vg
The Love MakersCompact£2.50vg
The Spy in my BedCompact£5.00vg
The Young WolvesCompact£3.00vg
Twilight TigressCompact£5.00vg
Ultimate DeterrentCompact£5.00f1970
V for VitalityCompact£5.00vg1963
Villon of the PeaceCompact£4.00vg
Visit from a BroadCompact£5.00vg-
Voodoo ViolenceCompact£5.00vg
Why Should SylviaCompact£2.50vg-
Will-PowerCompact£4.00vg1964
Zero Takes AllCompact£2.50vg-1967
Hank Janson

Today the vast majority of people will not even have heard of Hank Janson but the number of books he sold in the 50’s and 60’s far outstrips the number sold by Booker Prize winners, yet the “inteligencia” look down their privileged noses at “Popular fiction” or in this case “Hard Boiled Fiction”.

Granted the covers on these 60’s example are not a patch on the covers Reginald Head was driven out of the country for painting. The persecution and trials of the 50’s is a fascinating story in itself culminating as it did in the fake, arranged Lady Chatterley Trial that voiced the now notorious test of respectability “Would you let your servant read that”

However I digress, as a great lover of the 50’s art work, and not totally unmoved by later covers, I have over the years assembled significant examples of the genre, Hank Janson in particular. I realise that the market for this important contribution to literature is rapidly declining, a pity in many ways, not least my ability to sell copies.

Stock This is a list (probably not complete) that I think I have.

TitlePublisher
48 HoursMoring
Amerous Captive “Bygone Ages Vol 2HJ
Amerous Captive Vol. 3HJ
AmokGaywood
Angel AstrayCompact
AuctionedGaywood
Baby, Don’t Dare SquealGaywood
Beauty and the BeatHJ
Beloved TraitorR&V
Beloved TraitorR & V
Berlin BriefingCompact
BewitchedMoring
Bid for BeautyBAG 09
Bid for BeautyCompact
Brand ImageCompact
Brazen SeductressGold Star
Break For a LovelyHJ
Break For A LovelyHJ
Bring me SorrowMoring
Chicago ChickHJ
Come Quick HoneyR&V
ConflictGaywood
Cool SugarMoring
CorruptionGaywood
Crime on my HandsHJ
Crowns Can KillHJ
Dateline DianeCompact
Death Wore a PetticoatGaywood
Deicious DangerHJ
Delicious DangerBAG 09
Desert FuryMoring
Desert FuryGaywood
Devil’s HighwaysHJ
Doctor FixCompact
Don’t Dare me, SugarGaywood
Don’t Scare EasyMoring
Don’t Scare EasyMoring
Double TakeCompact
Expectant NymphGold Star
F.E.U.D.Compact
Fame and FortuneBAG 09
Fan FareCompact
FannyGold Star
Fast BuckCompact
Flight from FearMoring
Frails Can Be so ToughGaywood
Frame and FortuneCompact
Globe ProbeCompact
Go With a JerkHJ
HeartacheCompact
HellcatBAG 09
HellcatMoring
Hell’s AngelHJ
Hell’s AngelMoring
Hillary’s TermsCompact
Honey For MeHJ
Hotsy-You’ll be ChilledGaywood
I for IntrigueCompact
InvasionMoring
Jack SpotMoring
Janson Go HomeR & V
Janson Go Home!HJ
Junk MarketCompact
Kill Her if you CanGaywood
Kill Me For KicksHJ
Kill This ManMoring
Lake LootCompact
Lament for a LoverCompact
Limbo LoverCompact
Lola Brought Her WreathGaywood
Love – In and LamentationCompact
Make Mine MinkCompact
Mayfair SlayrideCompact
Milady Took the RapGaywood
Mistress of FearHJ
Model in MayhamCompact
MurderMoring
Nerve CentreCompact
ObsessionUPC
Passionate WaifMoring
Passionate WaifeBAG 09
Pattern of RapeCompact
Persian PrideMoring
Quiet Waits the GraveR & V
Reluctant HostessHJ
RevoltMoring
Ripe for RaptureR & V
Sadie don’t cry nowGaywood
Sentence for SinHJ
Short-Term WifeHJ
Sinister RaptureMoring
Sister Don’t Hate MeGaywood
Situation GraveMoring
Slaves for SeductionHJ
SprungCompact
Square 1Compact
Strange DestinyMoring
Strange RitualCompact
Sultry AvengerHJ
SuspenseGaywood
Sweet FuryMoring
Sweetie, Hold Me TightGaywood
Tail StingCompact
Take This SweetieHJ
TensionMoring
The Bride Wore WeedsGaywood
The Exotic Seductress #13Gold Star
The Lady Has a ScarGaywood
The Last LadyCompact
The Long ArmCompact
The Love MakersCompact
The Spy in my BedCompact
The Young WolvesCompact
They Die AloneMoring
This Hood For HireHJ
This Hood for HireR & V
Tomorrow and a DayMoring
Too Soon to DieHJ
TormentGaywood
Torment for TrixieGaywood
Twilight TigressCompact
Twist for TwoHJ
Ultimate DeterrentCompact
Uncover AgentHJ
UntamedMoring
V for VitalityCompact
Villon of the PeaceCompact
Visit from a BroadCompact
Voodoo ViolenceCompact
WhiplashMoring
WhiplashGaywood
Why Should SylviaCompact
Wild GirlMoring
Will-PowerCompact
Zero Takes AllCompact

Again I have not stock checked these below and I am not that confident that I know where they are.

Stock

AutherTitlePublisherPriceCondition
Frances StephenNaked City -Panic in the CityConsul£3.00vg
Frances StephenNaked City -The Day the Island Almost sankConsul£3.00vg
Frances StephenNaked City -The Fault in our StarsConsul£3.00vg
Frances StephenPattern of LifeConsul£10.00vg
Frances StephenTwilight PeopleConsul£6.50vg

James Hadley Chase

Lay her among the lilies – James Hadley Chase

1953 Robert Hale reprint ex-library dj vg unclipped book vg- In shop £2.50, through post to UK £5.00

£5.00

Shock Treatment – James Hadley Chase

1959 Robert Hale 1st edition dj vg unclipped book vg- (foxing on fore edge and on a number of pages) In shop £2.50 through post (UK) £5.00

£5.00

Stock

TitlePublisherPriceConditionDate
An Ear to the GroundPanther£2.50
Believed ViolentPanther£2.50
Come Easy-Go EaseyPanther£2.50vg
Goldfish Have no Hiding PlaceCorgi£2.50
Hit and RunRobert Hale£2.50vg
Lady Here’s Your WreathJarrods£6.00vg
Lady-Here’s your WreathPanther£2.50vg-1961
Lay Her Among the LiliesPanther£2.50vg+
Miss hemingway Waves a HandPanther£4.00f
My Laugh Comes LastCorgi£2.50
No Orchids for Miss BlandishPanther£2.50vg1961
No Orchids for Miss BlandishPanther£2.50vg
Safer DeadRobert Hale£10.00vg1956
Strictly for CashPanther£5.00vg+
The Doll’s Bad NewsPanther£2.00
The Doll’s Bad NewsPanther£2.50
The Soft CentreCorgi£2.50
The Vulture is a Patient BirdPanther£2.50
The wary TransgressorPanther£5.00f1969
Tiger by the TailPanther£2.50
Trusted Like a FoxCorgi£2.50
We’ll Share a Doule FuneralCorgi£2.50
What’s Better than Money?Panther£2.50vg
You’ve Got it ComingPanther£2.50

I have not found a way to include a PayPal block that allows choice so unfortunately you will have to contact me by phone or e-mail to purchase any of the above, postage and package for a single paperback in UK is £2.00, it obviously gets cheaper (per copy) if you make multiple purchases.

Richard S Prather

220px-RichardSPratherRichard Scott Prather was an American mystery novelist, best known for creating the “Shell Scott” series. He also wrote under the pseudonyms David Knight and Douglas Ring.

Born in California in 1921 he died in 2007. Not quite as prolific as John Creasey, but a respectable output never the less.

Most of the copies I have were published by Gold Medal some covers more interesting than others.

 

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Strip for Murder Five Star 0 £5.00
The Scrambled Yeggs Five Star 0 1974 £2.50
Dance with the Dead Gold Medal 554 1st 1962 anon vg
Take a Murder Darling Coronet F 127 1st 1967 Photo vg £2.00
tcot Vanishing Beauty Gold Medal US s 1249 B? vg
The Kubla Khan Caper Four Square 1933 1st 1967 anon vg £2.50
The Meandering Corpse Four Square 1935 1st anon vg+ £3.50
The Wailing Frail BAG 1 0 £2.50
Lie Down Killer Gold Medal US d 1637 1st Berys? vg
Strip for Murder Gold Medal US d 1604 1st anon vg
Bodies in Bedlam Gold Medal UK 668 rep vg £3.00
Case of the Vanishing Beaty Gold Medal UK 663 2nd vg £4.00
Dance With the Dead Gold Medal UK 554 vg £3.00
Darling it’s Death Gold Medal UK 661 r 1963 anon vg- £2.50
Find This Woman Gold Medal UK 665 2nd anon vg £3.00
Joker in the Deck Gold Medal 718 1st vg £3.50
Kill the Clown Gold Medal UK 613 1st 1963 Hooks vg £3.00
Lie Down Killer Gold Medal UK 669 2nd 1963 vg £3.00
Pattern for Panic Gold Medal UK 0 1st 1962 vg- £3.00
Pattern for Panic Gold Medal US 573 1st 1962 anon vg £3.00
Shell Scott’s Seven Slaughters Gold Medal UK 548 1st anon vg £3.00
Shell Scott’s Seven Slaughters Gold Medal UK 672 r 1963 anon vg £2.50
Strip for Murder Gold Medal UK 667 2nd vg £3.00
Take a Murder Darling Gold Medal UK 671 vg £3.00
The Comfortable Coffin Gold Medal UK 0 1st vg £3.00
The Wailing Frail Gold Medal US 592 1st 1956 vg- £4.00
The Wailing Frail Gold Medal UK 664 r 1963 anon vg £3.00
Too Many Crooks Gold Medal UK 666 2nd 1963 Kays vg £3.00

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If there is no price shown it means I couldn’t find it at my last stock check.

Prather

Stephen Daniel Francis a.k.a. HANK JANSON

I am posting this text from home and have been more than surprised about how little Google or Wikipedia have on this author, not only because he was so prolific, but also the pivotal roll he had in the UK censorship fiasco that culminated in the stage managed Lady Chatterley Show Trial.

The persecution he faced in the UK that saw him move to Spain to avoid arrest, Reginald Head (the illustrator of many Hank Janson titles) changing his name to Cy Webb and the publishers ending up in jail. All of these “facts” may not be true as I am relying on my memory, though I am sure I have a full account of the trials and tribulations somewhere in the shop.

Apparently all the Hank Janson novels from 46 to 53 were written by Stephen Francis and a number of the later novels.

 


Naked City -The Fault in our Stars Consul 790 1st anon vg £3.00
Naked City -Panic in the City Consul 791 1st anon vg £3.00
Naked City -The Day the Island Almost sank Consul 792 1st anon vg £3.00
Twilight People Consul 1291 1st photo vg £6.50
Pattern of Life Consul 1341 1st anon vg £10.00

collage HJ
Janson Hank Bid for Beauty BAG 09
Janson Hank Delicious Danger BAG 09
Janson Hank Fame and Fortune BAG 09
Janson Hank Hellcat BAG 09
Janson Hank Passionate Waife BAG 09
Janson Hank Frails Can Be So Tough Gaywood
Janson Hank Hotsy-You’ll be Chilled Gaywood
Janson Hank “Amerous Captive “”Bygone Ages Vol 2” HJ
Janson Hank Amerous Captive Vol. 3 HJ
Janson Hank Devil’s Highways HJ
Janson Hank Hell’s Angel HJ
Janson Hank Slaves for Seduction HJ
Janson Hank Sultry Avenger HJ
Janson Hank 48 Hours Moring
Janson Hank Bewitched Moring
Janson Hank Bring me Sorrow Moring
Janson Hank Desert Fury Moring
Janson Hank Don’t Scare Easy Moring
Janson Hank Flight from Fear Moring
Janson Hank Hellcat Moring
Janson Hank Hell’s Angel Moring
Janson Hank Invasion Moring
Janson Hank Jack Spot Moring
Janson Hank Kill This Man Moring
Janson Hank Murder Moring
Janson Hank Persian Pride Moring
Janson Hank Revolt Moring
Janson Hank Sinister Rapture Moring
Janson Hank Situation Grave Moring
Janson Hank Strange Destiny Moring
Janson Hank Sweet Fury Moring
Janson Hank Tension Moring
Janson Hank Tomorrow and a Day Moring
Janson Hank Untamed Moring
Janson Hank Whiplash Moring
Janson Hank Wild Girl Moring
Janson Hank Obsession UPC
Janson Hank Brazen Seductress Gold Star
Janson Hank Fanny Gold Star
Janson Hank Expectant Nymph Gold Star
Janson Hank Quiet Waits the Grave R & V
Janson Hank Ripe for Rapture R & V
Janson Hank Sentence for Sin HJ
Janson Hank This Hood for Hire R & V
Janson Hank Break For a Lovely HJ
Janson Hank This Hood For Hire HJ
Janson Hank Beloved Traitor R & V
Janson Hank Beloved Traitor R&V
Janson Hank Come Quick Honey R&V
Janson Hank Passionate Waif Moring
Janson Hank Cool Sugar Moring
Janson Hank Deicious Danger HJ
Janson Hank Janson Go Home! HJ
Janson Hank Crowns Can Kill HJ
Janson Hank Don’t Scare Easy Moring
Janson Hank Reluctant Hostess HJ
Janson Hank Short-Term Wife HJ
Janson Hank Break For A Lovely HJ
Janson Hank Beauty and the Beat HJ
Janson Hank Chicago Chick HJ
Janson Hank Crime on my Hands HJ
Janson Hank Uncover Agent HJ
Janson Hank Take This Sweetie HJ
Janson Hank Honey For Me HJ
Janson Hank Mistress of Fear HJ
Janson Hank Too Soon to Die HJ
Janson Hank Kill Me For Kicks HJ
Janson Hank Twist for Two HJ
Janson Hank Angel Astray Compact
Janson Hank Dateline Diane Compact
Janson Hank Go With a Jerk HJ
Janson Hank I for Intrigue Compact
Janson Hank Brand Image Compact
Janson Hank Heartache Compact
Janson Hank The Love Makers Compact
Janson Hank Strange Ritual Compact
Janson Hank Hillary’s Terms Compact
Janson Hank Nerve Centre Compact
Janson Hank Fast Buck Compact
Janson Hank V for Vitality Compact
Janson Hank Visit from a Broad Compact
Janson Hank Lake Loot Compact
Janson Hank Fan Fare Compact
Janson Hank Voodoo Violence Compact
Janson Hank Will-Power Compact
Janson Hank Doctor Fix Compact
Janson Hank Pattern of Rape Compact
Janson Hank Square 1 Compact
Janson Hank The Last Lady Compact
Janson Hank Double Take Compact
Janson Hank Limbo Lover Compact
Janson Hank Model in Mayham Compact
Janson Hank Berlin Briefing Compact
Janson Hank Junk Market Compact
Janson Hank Tail Sting Compact
Janson Hank Why Should Sylvia Compact
Janson Hank Mayfair Slayride Compact
Janson Hank Bid for Beauty Compact
Janson Hank F.E.U.D. Compact
Janson Hank Make Mine Mink Compact
Janson Hank Zero Takes All Compact
Janson Hank The Young Wolves Compact
Janson Hank Love – In and Lamentation Compact
Janson Hank Sprung Compact
Janson Hank Globe Probe Compact
Janson Hank The Spy in my Bed Compact
Janson Hank Frame and Fortune Compact
Janson Hank Lament for a Lover Compact
Janson Hank Ultimate Deterrent Compact
Janson Hank Twilight Tigress Compact
Janson Hank Villon of the Peace Compact
Janson Hank The Long Arm Compact

Most of my photographs are taken with the book in a bag, so if labels are shown they are usually on the bag not the book. If you are interested please contact me, or better still visit, for a more detailed description.

Satan is a Woman – Gil Brewer / Gaywood Press

Gil Brewer - Satan is a Woman 118

Gaywood Press, undated but has a 1952 copyright date Fawcett USA. The cover seems to be identical (or very similar) but different colours to the Gold Medal edition published in 1951 in the USA. This copy has parts of spine missing and has been repaired with “magic tape, otherwise a very compact and tidy copy.

Available for £25.00 (free p&p in UK)

Hard Boiled or Private Detective

Not sure what to call this genre. Is Hard Boiled still in use?

 

Peter Cheyney; Dangerous Curves, White Circle are not exactly in the first division of cover design. I have too many Cheyney in stock to list, so if you are looking for something please contact me. I do try to check my email from time to time.

Carter Brown;

Carter BrownJohn P Marquand;

John P Marquand

James Hadley Chase;

James Hadley Chase

Brett Halliday;

Brett Halliday

 

 

 

 

 

 

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