Saturday, 30 April 2016

GOING TO MEET THE MAN - JAMES BALDWIN


MICHAEL JOSEPH
FIRST PRINTING 1965
LONDON
COVER ART BY DAVID BATTLE

As a novelist, an essayist and a playwright, James Baldwin has proved himself a writer of beautiful and powerful prose. In Going To Meet The Man it is possible for the first time to read a collection of his short stories, a collection which can only add to his stature.
Although it is not Baldwin's aim in writing fiction to be an apologist of the Negro cause, nor of any cause other than that of literature, the racial conflicts which are tearing at the lives of so many Americans today are never far from the surface. The traditions of Negro and white are forcefully evoked and examined, and the pain which the author feels at the plight of his fellow Negroes never once blurs his deep compassion for the frailties of mankind.
Running through his stories like a theme is the role of inherited prejudices in shaping man's destiny. There is the child in The Rockpile who can never be forgiven by his God-fearing father for his illegitimacy; the child in This Morning, This Evening, So Soon who has grown up in France, free of guilt that his father and mother are of different colours, but who will be brought to awareness of this fact when his parents return with him to the States; the child in Sonny's Blues who learns to understand his father through being told of the death of an uncle he never knew; and, in a horrifying finale, the man in Going To Meet The Man whose hatred has its roots in a scene from his boyhood where his parents and other white people watch with jubilation the mutilation and lynching of a Negro 'criminal'.

Friday, 29 April 2016

SOHO SPIV - BEN SARTO


MODERN FICTION
FIRST PRINTING
1949
LONDON
COVER ART BY PERL

Million-Sale Ben Sarto Shocks London with his new "SOHO SPIV"

Thursday, 28 April 2016

THE DEADLY SEX - JACK WEBB


BOARDMAN 303
FIRST PRINTING 1960
LONDON
COVER ART BY MCLOUGHLIN

Sammy Golden, police-detective, and Father Shanley, the astute but kindly parish priest, are involved with murder and delinquents-among other things-in Jack Webb's most exciting mystery to date.
Sammy is told to acquire a hangover and then report for duty. This is an unorthodox order, but on it hangs the catching of a cop-killer, the murderer of one of Sammy's friends. Sammy does as he is told. Perhaps he is overzealous because his head aches so that he can hardly think, and when he turns up, still on orders at a roadhouse called The Seven Club, he is ready for both beer and trouble. He has plenty of both before the evening ends.
The excitement starts when Sammy meets a blonde-a girl whose looks are one-in-a-thousand-and saves her from a fracas that starts in The Seven Club. Father Shanley tries to reach Sammy, but Sammy is moving so fast that their paths seldom cross in this suspense-filled story.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

THE TIGER AMONG US - LEIGH BRACKETT


BOARDMAN 200
FIRST PRINTING 1958
COVER ART BY MCLOUGHLIN

Walter Sherris-successful, happy, good husband and father-made just one mistake: he took a walk along a dark road one night. Without warning, a car raced toward him and screeched to a stop; out piled five young men intent on violence. To the accompaniment of wild brainless laughter, Walter Sherris was beaten to the ground.
He awoke in a hospital nine days later. And from that moment his pleasant life became a nightmare, more horrible than those he had wrestled with in those nine days of unconsciousness.
Walter Sherris wanted revenge: for the broken leg and the pain; for the doubts he now had about his pretty, gay wife; and for the countless and nameless others who had been mauled by the thrill seekers, the sadists, the compulsive slayers.
The police were evasive, almost disinterested. There were no witnesses. So Walter Sherris set out-alone-to trap the tiger.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

HOOKED - PHIL HIRSCH

JUNKIES, POTHEADS, PUSHERS-THE PRIVATE HELLS OF MEN AND WOMEN SELF-CONDEMNED TO A LIVING DEATH

PYRAMID BOOKS X-1760
FIRST PRINTING MARCH 1968
NEW YORK, USA
THESE ARTICLES WERE FIRST PUBLISHED IN CHALLENGE FOR MEN MAGAZINE AND MEN'S MAGAZINE
COVER DESIGN BY HENRY BERKOWITZ
PHOTO BY STEVE SHAPIRO FROM BLACK STAR

HOOKED
-the addict who made his wife a prostitute for the money to feed his habit

HOOKED
-the hopped-up kids who shot and stomped an old man to death for kicks

HOOKED
-the junkie who turned dope peddler, with death as his first sale

HOOKED
is the searing, authentic story of the dope addict, the pusher, the narcotics cop, and the vicious, nightmare world they live in.

Monday, 25 April 2016

JAZZ BOY - WILLIAM GWINN

 A EVIL WOMAN DROVE HIM INTO
AN UNDERWORLD OF DARK PASSIONS

BANNER BOOKS 76
FIRST PRINTING 1959
LONDON, UK

JAZZ BOY

Vic Ravenna was a guy who had everything-the jazz that burned fiercely through his brain and body, the best booze, plenty of dames, everything-

-everything except Zora, the brazen beauty who teased him, laughed at him, and then fed her ambitions on the offerings of other men. Zora wanted fun and money and fame-but she wanted them without Vic.

Vic knew what Zora was. But he didn't care. He had to have her, and he vowed to do anything, anything at all, to get her...

Sunday, 24 April 2016

QUADROPHENIA - ALAN FLETCHER

A GREAT ROCK ALBUM 
NOW A STUNNING FILM

CORGI 0 552 11183 X
FIRST PRINTING 1979
MOVIE-TIE IN
LONDON, UK

REMEMBER THE MODS?

This is the novel behind the WHO's conceptual rock album "QUADROPHENIA", the story of the mods and rockers of the early sixties, now a stunning new film.

QUADROPHENIA

They were dedicated to fashion, music and pills. They created the 'Style', followed the WHO, the SMALL FACES and the STONES, rode polished Lambrettas and assembled in their thousands to fight.

By 1964, the year of the Brighton riots, the mods had revolutionised a whole generation...

The Who Films present
A Curbishley-Baird Production
"QUADROPHENIA"
Musical Directors:PETE TOWNSEND, ROGER DALTREY, JOHN ENTWISTLE, KEITH MOON
Screenplay by DAVE HUMPHRIES, MARTIN STELLMAN and FRANC RODDAM
Produced by ROGER BAIRD and ROY CURBISHLEY
Directed by FRANC RODDAM
A Polytel Film, Executive producer
DAVID GIDEON THOMSON

Saturday, 23 April 2016

ROCKABILLY - HARLAN ELLISON

Stag Preston, idol of millions-
whose private life was wilder than any of the songs he sang


GOLD MEDAL (UK) BOOKS 598
FIRST PRINTING 1963
LONDON

THIS IS A PICTURE OF HARLAN ELLISON

and Rockabilly is a picture of his world. A world populated by The Hungry Ones - the beautiful women and talented guys who leech off one another - and the populace in general - to make their fast buck. It's a universe in which a kid who knows the angles can become a national institution, where talent doesn't count as much as a good press and a C-note under the table.  The acetate arena where a long-playing bum can sing gibberish and coin a fortune.

Rockabilly is written in the hip, contemporary manner of a brilliant young writer who will shock and amuse you, and who sees beyond the neon glitter of the image merchant's dreamworld.

THIS IS A GOLD MEDAL BOOK

Friday, 22 April 2016

HOT ROD GANG RUMBLE - MEYER DOLINSKY

Teen-age Tigress-She Drove Boys to Juvenile Delinquency!with photos from the powerful motion picture-Hot Rod Rumble


AVON 783
MOVIE TIE-IN 1957
NEW YORK, USA

SHE GREW UP TOO FAST...

She was young, blonde and beautiful-a smouldering package of feminine dynamite in a body too mature for her years...

She was one of the crowd who grew up too fast, who defy death for the casual "thrill" of it, who are out for "kicks" at any price...

Disturbing and boldly realistic, HOT ROD GANG RUMBLE is an incisive portrait of a "hot rod club" -and the slick chick who stirred it to violence and destruction!

Read the Avon book.

See HOT ROD RUMBLE, an Allied Artists
release starring
LEIGH SNOWDEN
RICHARD HRTUNIAN
and WRIGHT KING

Thursday, 21 April 2016

RUN BABY RUN - NICKY CRUZ


HODDER AND STOUGHTON 340 10700 6 
FIRST PRINTING 1969
LONDON
JACKET DESIGN BY BERNARD BRETT

Nicky Cruz was a key subject in the four million copy best-seller THE CROSS AND THE SWITCHBLADE

In Run Baby Run Nicky tells his own story of gang warfare in the streets of a big city and of his dramatic conversion.

'I reached up to the shelf and took down my revolver. By force of habit I started to put the shells in the magazine so I could sleep with the gun on my night stand. But suddenly I remembered. Jesus loves me. He will protect me. I took the bullets and placed them back in the small box and put the gun back on the shelf. In the morning I would turn it in to the police.

That night, for the first time in my memory, I put my head on my pillow and slept nine beautiful hours. No fear of sounds outside my room. The nightmares were gone.'

-

'Run Baby Run, the story of Nicky Cruz, is remarkable. It has all the elements of tragedy, violence, and intrigue - plus the greatest ingredient of all ingredients:the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The adult population can no longer ignore the youth with their staggering twentieth century problems. They search for meaning. They are not enamoured with our time-worn social taboos. They press for sincerity in religion, for honesty in politics, and for fairness for the underprivileged.

Run Baby Run is a thrilling story. My hope is that it shall have a wide reading, and that those who read shall come to know Christ who changed the empty, restless heart of Nicky Cruz and has made him a Christian legend in his time.'

BILLY GRAHAM

-

'Nicky Cruz is only a very colourful representative of a vast number of people who, in the past few decades, have been delivered from crime, alcoholism, drug addiction, prostitution, homosexuality, and almost every kind of perversion and degeneration known to man.
Psychiatric care, medical treatment, and spiritual counselling had failed to affect these people, when with astounding abruptness, they were set free from their bonds by the power of the Holy Spirit and led to a life of useful service.'

Prof. Edward D. O'Connor,
University of Notre Dame

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

THE REAL GONE GOOSE - GEORGE BAGBY

Fast, crackling, crazy, it screams of the quick and the dead


CONSUL BOOKS 1078
FIRST PRINTING 1961
LONDON, ENGLAND
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY T.V. BOARDMAN

George Bagby has always appreciated New York City as a place in which a person can live for years without ever knowing his nearest neighbour.

But not every New Yorker had 'a girl next door' like Sabra, a goofy kid whose unwashed Beatnik friends seemed to spurn everything - soap, bourgeois morals, privacy - everything, that is, except Sabra's unlimited supply of cash. Suddenly Sabra, the 'goose that laid the golden eggs' was gone...real gone. And that was when George Bagby, trying to clarify his relationship with Sabra to the pressm and to his friends at Police Headquarters, decided Sabra had been far less trouble when she was alive.

THE REAL GONE GOOSE is an exciting mystery story that is unusual in that it has the background to murder, the weird and unrealistic world of the 'Beatnik Generation'.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

TEEN-AGE MOBSTER - BENJAMIN APPEL

Teen-Age Violence - and Adult Vice


AVON T-468
NO DATE  
SECOND PRINTING WITH THIS TITLE AND NEW COVER ART
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AVON IN 1955 AS "LIFE AND DEATH OF A TOUGH GUY"
NEW YORK, USA

YOUNG HOOD

Out of the slum back alleys and the violent sandlots of Hell's Kitchen came young Joey Case-

an ordinary, decent kid who might have been your neighbor's son one year...suddenly turned vicious mobster, "lady's man," and brutal killer the next.

With unflinching honesty, yet depth and compassion as well, one of the truly big writers about the New York underworld tells his story-as timely and terrifying as tomorrow's headlines-the story of a kid who made murder his chosen career.

"THE BEST ACCOUNT YET IN THE FORM OF A NOVEL OF A DEBASING PHASE OF OUR HISTORY..."

-N.Y. Journal-American

Monday, 18 April 2016

THE BEATNIKS - RICHARD E. GEIS


DOLLAR DOUBLE 955
FIRST PRINTING AUGUST 1962
ORIGINALLY PRINTED BY NEWSSTAND LIBRARY AS 'LIKE CRAZY MAN' 1960
CHICAGO, IL, USA

the erotic and exotic-a lost world where naked sex flaunts its message to the sensuous beat of a drum

Sunday, 17 April 2016

AND THE GIRL SCREAMED - GIL BREWER

TEEN-AGERS...

KIDS PLAYING AN ADULT GAME OF VIOLENCE AND MURDER


PRIORY 1120
NO DATE
LONDON, ENGLAND
(PRODUCED IN ISRAEL FOR PRIORY BOOKS)
FIRST PRINTED BY FAWCETT PUBLICATIONS

THEY WOULD STOP AT NOTHING!

THE WILLOWY BLOND, in a fluffy white skirt stood over him. She was smoking a cigarette through the black mask that covered her face.
"Hello, honey," she said softly. "Do you like me?"
She knelt on one knee. Her hand caressed his cheek, her other hand holding the cigarette.
As the blonde kissed him on the mouth she ground her cigarette into his flesh. He yelled, but she kept up the kissing and the burning.
"Atta girl! Give it to him again!" one of the boys shouted. "Next?"
They were teen-agers - kids. But they were capable of anything. And one of them had been capable, probably, of murder!

Saturday, 16 April 2016

BASEMENT GANG - DAVID WILLIAMS

A DARING NOVEL OF REEFER SMOKE - RECKLESS THRILLS - AND THE WILD LOVE OF BOYS AND GIRLS OF THE CITY STREETS


INTIMATE NOVELS NO.32
FIRST PRINTING 1953
DESIGNS PUBLISHING COMPANY, NEW YORK, USA

this 
way
down...

Seven steps descended from the sidewalk to the cellar club. They led lovely young Kathie Melton out of the innocence of her teens into the guilt and viciousness of a precociously sinful world!

Kathie knew the cellar gang was a little wild. She joined, just the same-chiefly to show Hank Landrum she was tired of his idea of an exciting Saturday night. What she didn't know was that the cellar crowd were fond of vile amusements and up to their neck in the rackets.

The excitement really started when Hank, out of longing for her, tried to pull her from the gang. Its jittery members decided to take care of both Hank and Kathie...

A frank, daring novel of teen-age life in a Bronx slum! Here are intimately revealed the desperate secrets of youth caught in the tails of poverty, seeking escape through vice and violence!

Friday, 15 April 2016

QUEEN STREET - MATTHEW GANT

Blood Sealed Their Oath...Was Blood Their Only Destiny? 

MATTHEW GANT'S hell-raising novel of slum vengeance and innocent sinners


REGENCY BOOKS RB 315
PAPERBACK ORIGINAL - FIRST PRINTING 1963
EVANSTON, IL, USA
COVER ART BY DILLON

THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST STREET

There are many candidates for the title - and half of them are crammed into a small section of New York City's Upper West Side

It's a section that has seen the dregs of inhumanity - the toughs and the touts, the addicts and the pushers, the brutes and the brutalized - seen them come and go, kill and be killed, without turning a hair

It has seen the gangs - hoodlum gangs, criminal gangs, teen-age delinquent gangs

And now the deadliest, most sinful gang of all

THE QUEENS

The little girls who should play with dolls, and do play with dope, sex and switchblades - the girls who obey no rules but their own warped code of hatred for the world and a seething desire to spit in its face - the girls who long for kicks, search for violence and plot their rumbles...

WHILE THE CITY SHUDDERS!

Thursday, 14 April 2016

DON'T CRY FOR ME - WILLIAM CAMPBELL GAULT


BOARDMAN BOOKS 143
FIRST PRINTING 1954
FIRST PUBLISHED (IN HARDBACK?) 1952
COVER ART BY McLOUGHLIN

Illicit drug traffic, beautiful and young addicts, underworld characters and race-track touts are amongst the characters Pete Worden finds himself dealing with in the course of his highly disorganized and far from conventional life.
When Pete finds the dead body of Al Calvano, obviously placed as a plant in Pete's apartment, he decides to lay off his more ordinary daily chores of following the horses, and other allied activities, to do a little investigating of the quality of the company he keeps. What he discovers would make anybody lay off for good.
Pete's extremely staunch girl friend stands by through thick and thin, hoping to marry him but receiving little encouragement. Things like that are hard on a girl, but Ellen is resourceful.
DON'T CRY FOR ME, a hard-boiled, rough, tough mystery story, introduces a new writer who shows every sign of being a winner.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

THE JUVIES - HARLAN ELLISON

Life and Death of the Gutter Kids


ACE D-513
FIRST PRINTING 1961
NEW YORK, USA

KICK WHEN HE'S DOWN!
AIM FOR THE GROIN!
STOMP OR BE STOMPED!

These are the rules for survival in a kid gang. These are the rules that I lived by when I ran with a gang myself, trying to find out what makes a JD tick. And let me tell you these kids aren't playing games. These are junior-grade killers!

I've pulled no punches in THE JUVIES either. I've painted these kids as they really are, in sharp black and white (and very often in blood red). Stark and stinking, and intended to scare the hell out of you.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

NINE O'CLOCK SHADOW - JACK TREVOR STORY

An innocent man condemned to death...can Sexton Blake beat the clock?


SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 407
FIRST PRINTING JUNE 1958
AMALGAMATED PRESS LONDON
COVER ART BY DE SETA
SKETCHES FOR NOVEL BY ERIC PARKER

Harry Jukes was a rock'n roll Romeo, a coffee bar lizard-but was he a cop-killer

Monday, 11 April 2016

ESPRESSO JUNGLE - W. HOWARD BAKER


SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY No. 435
FLEETWAY PUBLICATIONS LTD 
FIRST PRINTING SEPTEMBER 1959
COVER ART BY SYMEONI AND MARC STONE
SKETCHES FOR NOVEL BY MARGARET HIGGINS

in an espresso cellar-club in Soho the Beat Generation hoodlums planned violence and terror

Sunday, 10 April 2016

TOO LATE TO MEND - THOMAS RAINHAM

A story of teenage thuggery in London's East End


ARROW BOOKS 502
FIRST ARROW EDITION 1958
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY HURST & BLACKETT LTD 1957

Smithy was a young thug who absorbed every bad influence and rejected every good one; at his school in London's East End he was in a special class for 'incorrigibles'-a class of hoodlums as ignorant and vicious as himself. When he leaves at fifteen, his sinister values are already formed. All he wants is easy money to spend on clothes and girls. From petty theft and fraud he graduates to robbery with violence; then, on the eve of his seventeenth birthday, comes disaster-he is involved in murder! Here is the horrifying story of young gangsters told with superb skill and deep feeling; you may dislike Smithy, but you will certainly not forget him.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

SINNERS DON'T CRY! - R. C. DICKSON

They searched for the sound. Tried to find it in the pain of their passion...the scream of her surrender...the rage of his rape...


PERIOD PUBLICATIONS M-102
FIRST PRINTING AUGUST 1961
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA

SINNERS DON'T CRY -

Her life was one big roman candle. And when it exploded inside her she really came alive. She couldn't cry...she was too busy living. She wasn't sorry for what she was doing...only for what she wasn't doing.

Like this novel sings, man. Like it's alive. Make the scene on tour with a velvet-throated thrush with a golden body in front of a mad group of jazz-men who take their kicks where they find them. 'Cause that's livin'. Real livin.'

Friday, 8 April 2016

HOTROD SINNERS - DON ELLIOTT

Wanton Paula Was the Passion-Prize at The End Of the Race!


BEDSIDE BOOKS 1222
1962
NEW YORK

HOTROD GIRL.....

Hold the stick low, tromp down on the pedal, and listen to it winding out! Listen to the roar in your ears! Was it a wheel he clutched in his hands, or was it Paula? Whip up through the gears, listen to the engine-throb steady down to a sweet hum as the miles shot backward under the hurtling wheels! Was it a cut-down car, its horn blaring the clumsy stockers off the road, or was it the lust-spell Paula wove? Did he know? Did he care? Or was he - were all the members of the hotrod gang - going to blast themselves to sinful, endless, lust-burned hell in the passion-clawed arms of the hot-eyed

...GANG WITCH!

Thursday, 7 April 2016

THE SCENE - CLARENCE L. COOPER

"A shattering, uncompromising novel of drug addicts"



FOUR SQUARE 1524
FIRST PRINTING AUGUST 1966
FIRST PUBLISHED IN GREAT BRITAIN BY ANTHONY BLOND LIMITED 1960

Sometimes with raw brutality, always with compassion, this uncompromising novel sweeps the labyrinth of pushers and prostitutes, the police ready to spring on The Man who controls the entire dope operation, to reveal the half-world of drugs, known as the Scene.
It is a world where sensibilities are tuned to heights as well as depths, as in the hauntingly moving affair between Andy Hodden and Taylor Mayo. A world of conflict in which men are tested to their fullest, as in the searchingly described characterisations of the two competing detectives of the Narcotics Squad. A world that reaches into the very core of society: the police, the courts, industry, the rich and the poor - none are immune from the infection of the Scene.
Only someone who himself has been an addict, as the author was, could describe so unforgettably 'the panic', the time of no dope, and portray withdrawal so convincingly. 'The Scene' is an important, gripping novel about a side of life that should not be ignored.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

A GLASGOW GANG OBSERVED - JAMES PATRICK


EYRE METHUEN
LONDON 
FIRST PRINTING 1973
(A PAPERBACK ISSUE WAS ALSO ISSUED SIMULTANEOUSLY)
FRONT COVER COURTESY OF THE DAILY RECORD
BACK COVER COURTESY OF ALLAN THOMPSON

During the course of his first year as a teacher at an approved school in Scotland, James Patrick became acquainted with 'Tim', a Glasgow boy of sixteen. Following a suggestion - half invitation, half challenge - to come and see for himself how the boys spent their weekend leaves, he agreed to do so. The only possible way for him to do this was to masquerade as a friend of Tim's from the approved school and join the 'Young Team', the gang of which Tim was the 'leader-aff'.

In the course of a dozen weekend excursions, spread over four months, James Patrick donned his disguise, met up with the gang and watched them at close quarters. This book offers more than a frighteningly authentic picture of the behaviour, speech patterns and attitudes of young teenagers alienated from conventional adult society. It brings to life many of the members of the gangs and their family background. We see them at a party, playing football and just talking. We meet 'the King', the leader of all the local gangs.

The result of the author's hazardous double game is a real contribution to the understanding of juvenile gang behaviour - relating it not only to the past history of Glasgow but also to comparable and contrasting types of behaviour in Britain and America. In concluding that the gangs in Glasgow provide an outlet for pathological behaviour, the author underlines the importance of a full and proper understanding of the gang sub-culture on the part of those institutions, such as the approved schools and the courts, which have to deal with them.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

DOWN THESE MEAN STREETS - PIRI THOMAS

"A stunning autobiography of corruption and innocence"


BARRIE & JENKINS 1970
FIRST PRINTING
LONDON
JACKET DESIGN BY BARRY MARTIN

DOWN THESE MEAN STREETS is the document of one man's journey from childhood to maturity; it is at once moving and terrifying, shocking and tender, touching and stunning.
Piri Thomas, son of Puerto Rican parents - one dark, one white - was born in New York's Spanish Harlem and grew up in those "mean streets." From the time that he first ran away from home at the age of fourteen, the author records the sometimes poetic, sometimes brutal story of his life.
In Spanish Harlem Piri Thomas did not so much grow up as erupt into manhood, through street fights, gang rumbles, drugs, homosexuality, petty thievery, girls, hospitals, the merchant marine, illegitimate parenthood, and ultimately an attempted robbery of a New York nightclub, the shooting of a Policeman, and a long prison sentence.
Finally, in that world of isolated conflicts and constant threars from guards and fellow prisoners alike, the man emerges, through various influences and experiences, with a clearer understanding of himself and a knowledge of those streets through which he has moved to maturity.

But Piri Thomas's memoir is not merely his story - for shooting through these pages are figures that create a vigorous yet brooding world of family gaiety, sudden pain and sorrow, violent impulses and aching wonder: his brothers, sisters, and parents, his friends, the people of the streets, and those of the prion. 
The language is the most corrupt of the city and also that of the most innocent reaches of the human heart, and it reveals overwhelmingly a man's deep masculine integrity and his need to understand himself and why he does what he does.

Monday, 4 April 2016

TOUGH TOWN - JACK KARNEY

"SEX, SIN and CRIME In an EAST SIDE SLUM"

Brutal! Shocking!
Piercingly honest!
BOSTON HERALD


PYRAMID BOOKS 31
SECOND PRINTING FEBRUARY 1952
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY WILLIAM MORROW & CO 1946 AS "THE RAGGED EDGE"

the ragged underbelly of Manhatten...

This was Marshall Place, where brothels and dope were as common as pushcarts and peddlers, and the kids were only one step ahead of the Police.

A desperate world of poverty and frustration that led lovely, red-haired Trina to a terrible maturity; that turned slick, fast-talking Blackie into a big-shot gangster, that made Dave, the dreamer, vow to clean up "the whole stinking mess."

Here is a story that might have been taken out of today's headlines; the grim and gutsy truth about hopped-up juvenile gangs, back-room abortions, and pool-room politics. It is one story you won't be able to put down.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

THE MUGGER - ED McBAIN


BOARDMAN 254
LONDON 1959
COVER ART BY McLOUGHLIN

THE MUGGER

The mugger waited in the shadows watching the girl -a pretty one this time. Alone. Her handbag looked heavy. The set-up was perfect. He moved towards her so softly, so quickly, she didn't have time to scream. His arm went around her throat and he dragged her into the alley.
"Don't make a sound," he said, pressing her against the brick wall. Then he crashed his fist into her face. He grabbed her handbag and ran- into the night where a team of determined police were methodically hunting him down.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

WITH SIRENS SCREAMING - ERNEST BOOTH

"They paid the price of a premarital indiscretion"



PYRAMID BOOKS 121
NEW YORK 1954
ABRIDGED

JAIL-BAIT

They were young.

They were alone in the night.

Lost in the fury of their passion, they committed an act that condemned them to a nightmare of shame and legal persecution.

WITH SIRENS SCREAMING 
is the shocking story of reckless teen-agers driven by a merciless penal code into a world of vicious crime.