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"GLINTO, Darcy" - [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : PROTECTION PAY-OFF.

London : Alexander Moring, [ca.1956]. First edition. "The biggest blow-up Chicago had ever known" - "There had been a time when Sid had been known as the Stiff on account of his resemblance to a corpse". Other titles listed on the lower wrapper had originally been published 1952-1953 under Reginald Carter's earlier Comyns imprint: he took over the Alexander Moring name on his release from prison in 1955.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 140,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; minor wear; a few marks; slight nick to upper wrapper; lower wrapper lightly discoloured, but a better than average copy of a scarce title. No copy located in any major UK library.

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HOGES [i.e. HODGES], Carl G., 1902-1964 : CRIME ON MY HANDS.

HOGES [i.e. HODGES], Carl G., 1902-1964 : CRIME ON MY HANDS.

London : Alexander Moring, [ca.1956]. Second British edition. Originally published in New York and by Comyns in the United Kingdom in 1951 - but here under Reginald Carter's later Moring imprint.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; vertical crease to upper wrapper; a few faint marks and signs of use, but a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major UK library.

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"JANSON, Hank" - [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : AVENGING NYMPH.

London : Alexander Moring, (1958). First edition. Hank receives a tip-off - an old-fashioned duel at dawn in a park in Chicago - the girl in the flame-red frock "gently moistened her lips, almost as though her mouth was watering".
Crown 8vo (18cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers; a little rubbed; faint crease to lower wrapper, but overall a very good copy. Only the British Library copy located on COPAC.

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"JANSON, Hank" - [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : HELL'S ANGEL.

London : Alexander Moring, [1956]. First edition. Janson in Florida.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; spine a little tanned; small scuff to upper wrapper; lower wrapper a little marked; text tanned at edges, with some occasional deeper discolouration; a serviceable copy.

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"JANSON, Hank" - [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : [SADIE, DON'T CRY NOW] DON'T CRY NOW.

London : Alexander Moring, [1957]. First edition under this title of the work originally published in 1952 by the New Fiction Press as "Sadie, Don't Cry Now". The pose - the long gloves, the cigarette, and the glass of champagne of the original Reginald Heade artwork remain, although much re-worked. The not-so-dumb blonde turns the tables.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; just a hint of rubbing, but a very good copy. Only a single copy (Trinity College, Dublin) located on COPAC.

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"JANSON, Hank" - [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : [SILKEN MENACE] SILKEN SNARE.

London : Alexander Moring, (1959). First edition under this title of a work originally published as "Silken Menace" by Top Fiction Press in 1953. The original artwork by Reginald Heade has been reworked - the hair less abandoned, but the gown now strapless.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some very minor wear; lower wrapper with a few spots and faint diagonal crease; text a little tanned, and with faint discolouration in a few places, but a good and serviceable copy. Only the British Library copy recorded on COPAC.

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"JANSON, Hank" - [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SUGAR AND VICE.

London : Alexander Moring, (1958). First edition. A newspaper stunt brings together some old-time bootleggers.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some very minor wear; slight discolouration and creasing to lower wrapper, but still a very good copy.

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"JANSON, Hank" - [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SWEET FURY.

London : Alexander Moring, [1957]. First edition. Janson back at the Chicago Chronicle newsdesk - but disillusioned and at a low ebb.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers - a smart brunette in off the shoulder pink; lightly worn and slightly tanned; final advertisement leaf a little creased; a good copy. Just the National Library of Scotland copy located on COPAC.

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"JANSON, Hank" - [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : TENSION.

London : Alexander Moring, [1957]. Second edition. Originally published in 1952 by the New Fiction Press. The artwork is a very close copy of the original Reginald Heade cover - adjusted to suit the Moring format.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; mild tanning to text, but a very good copy.

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"JANSON, Hank" - [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : UNTAMED.

London : Alexander Moring, (1957). The second impression of the original 1955 edition. The second of the Janson titles to appear under the Moring imprint - a novel set in Spain and originally outlined for the fifth "Continental" series which was aborted in the wake of the obscenity trials.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; just a touch of wear to tips, but a very good copy. No copy of any edition located in any major UK library.

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"SHANE, Mark" : THEY KILL TO LIVE.

London : Alexander Moring, [ca.1956]. [Second edition]. "It's close to sundown, and way ahead lights are winking up along the sprawling sucker-trap that is the Hellfire Strip, wide open merry-go-round of the good-time dolls and the sugar-daddies ..." - a pacy tale set in Las Vegas. Originally published under Reginald Carter's earlier Comyns imprint in 1953.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 141,[iii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a good-time doll from Leonard Potts; some very minor wear and creasing; faint shadow from removed sticker on upper wrapper, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major UK library.

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