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"CAPELLI, Ace" : THE FIX.

London : Kaye Publications, [ca.1950]. First edition. "Heading San Francisco's racket bosses was Jamie Riggs - Jamie and Pal Joey, the kid he had trained to think his way, and the guy he trusted with his shirt. These were the two closest pals in the game - until the night of the big fight when it didn't suit Jamie any longer".
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - brunette spills from limo in a design by John Pollack (1918-1985); slight wear and nick at head; some wear and splitting at foot; scuff and tear tape-repaired on upper wrapper; staples rusting; some edge-spotting, but a reasonable copy. Only the Bodleian copy located in the major UK libraries.

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"CARSON, Bart" - [MACONACHIE, William] : CHAMPAGNE AND CHOPPERS.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1951]. First edition. "I got biggity once, when I figured I was a real night club baron. I quit rum and coke and started using a little champagne. Well, I guess it had no link-up really, but before I knew where I was choppers [tommy-guns] were blasting around me...". Later published in the USA as "Dope Doll" by "Steve Harrigan".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a sparkling design by John Pollack; some wear and light marking and fraying; a few internal marks and creases, but a good copy. Only a single copy (Bodleian) located in the major UK libraries.

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"CARSON, Bart" - [MACONACHIE, William] : REDHEAD RHAPSODY!

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1951]. First edition. "I got more trouble from just looking at that dame than a worm can find in a pool full of rainbow trout". Later published in the USA as "Sin is a Redhead" by "Steve Harrigan".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 144pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - unsigned but probably by John Pollack; small chip at foot; some marking, creasing and mild fraying; staples rusted; a few internal marks and creases, but a good copy. Only a single copy (Bodleian) located in the major UK libraries.

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : SAFER DEAD.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : SAFER DEAD.

London : Robert Hale, (1956). First paperback edition. Staff writers for a monthly crime magazine investigate the strange disappearance of an unknown showgirl in small town America. Originally published in 1954.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a typical blonde by John Pollack (1918-1985); slight rubbing, creasing and wear; text a little tanned, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library.

£15

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : HIT AND RUN.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : HIT AND RUN.

London : Robert Hale, (1959). First paperback edition. We don’t know why the lovely Lucille wants so badly to learn to drive; why the blood-stains on the Cadillac are on the wrong side; or why the patrol officer was run over on a lonely beach road. Originally published the previous year under the “Raymond Marshall” pseudonym.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 190,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a blonde and a candle by John Pollack (1918-1985); some very minor rubbing and wrinkling; tiny hole in lower wrapper, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library.

£15

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : NOT SAFE TO BE FREE.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : NOT SAFE TO BE FREE.

London : Robert Hale, (1959). First paperback edition. Starlet strangled to death in a hotel lift at the Cannes Film Festival. Originally published in 1958.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a typical blonde by John Pollack (1918-1985); lightly worn and slightly split; diagonal crease to upper cover; text a little tanned but a serviceable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library.

£10

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : YOU FIND HIM – I’LL FIX HIM.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : YOU FIND HIM – I’LL FIX HIM.

London : Robert Hale, (1959). First paperback edition. American journalist in Rome is asked to look after his boss’s daughter – she ends up dead in Sorrento and he has no alibi. First published under the “Raymond Marshall” pseudonym in 1956.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a John Pollack blonde; chip at foot of spine; some mild wear; text a little tanned, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£10

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"LAROCHE, Rene" - [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : LADIES OF LEISURE.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1951]. First edition. Diane repents of her hasty marriage in a wartime suburb - the chapters tell the tale: loveless marriage, on the verge, marriageless love, bitter parting, out of her past, unwilling wife, silken sin, the goad of loneliness, the way of transgression, conquest, gathering clouds, betrayed, the choice - aftermath. "Translated from the French" claims the cover - a statement even less accurate than the mis-spelling of McKeag's nom-de-plume as Rene Larouche on the title-page.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 136pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a stylish design by the reliable John Pollack (1918-1985) - woman vamping a car-driver in a stock French setting; some wear to extremities; minor creasing and marking; price faintly over-stamped on upper wrapper; a few internal nicks, creases and a chip; one leaf a little proud, but overall a not unappealing copy. Only the British Library copy located in any of the major UK libraries.

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"RICHARDS, Rex" : [COVER TITLE] FLOOSIE FOR HIRE.

London : Brown, Watson, [1951]. First edition : the title-page of this Dutch printed production is mysteriously blank. "The night it happened was one of those cold bleak nights with the wind screaming through the trees, and if you had any sense you were stuck round the fire with a book, or curled up on a divan with a bottle of rye, a packet of weeds and a blonde. Being sensible, I was doing the latter!" - cosy scene interrupted by best friend being found hanged.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - an eye-catching design in green polka dot - unsigned but probably by John Pollack; small chip and some splitting to spine; some light creasing and mild soiling; staples lightly rusted; a few internal spots and faint creases; a good copy of one of the most attractive of the Brown Watson publications. Only the British Library copy located in the major UK libraries.

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“ROSS, Gene” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : TWO SMART DAMES.

“ROSS, Gene” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : TWO SMART DAMES.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1949). First edition. Private-eye Shaun O’Malley’s partner gets killed. Enter Elvira, “a girl with a nice figure, a nasty mind, and a husband too fond of the booze” – but Louisa’s pretty smart too.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a lively design by John Pollack (1918-1985); American price sticker on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title-page; minor wear at tips; slight vertical crease to upper wrapper; small spot to lower wrapper; half-title browned at foot; slight tear to one leaf, not reaching text, but overall a very good copy.

£75

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“ROSS, Gene” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : “LADY, THROW ME A CURVE”.

“ROSS, Gene” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : “LADY, THROW ME A CURVE”.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1950]. First edition. The beautiful Carole comes calling on private-eye Shaun O’Malley.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – brunette at the bar by John Pollack (1918-1985); American price sticker on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title-page; wear at tips; neatly repaired short tear to spine and upper wrapper; text a little tanned, but a better than average copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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STANDISH, Walter : I LIKE MY WOMEN TOUGH.

STANDISH, Walter : I LIKE MY WOMEN TOUGH.

London : Brown Watson, [1950]. First edition. Corpse disappears, redhead comes looking - "She was a red-head and I got a pash for that kind. Red-heads with green eyes. That adds up to my sort of homework ...".
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - red lips, red shoes, scanty green garment - an unsigned design, but possibly by John Pollack (1918-1985); minor wear at tips, with a short nick at foot; a few slight crease, with more pronounced diagonal crease to upper wrapper; staples rusting; internally a few minor marks and slight nicks, but overall a very good copy. Only the British Library copy located in any of the major UK libraries.

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"STORME, Michael" - [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE A CORPSE.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1950). First edition. Pretty stranger leaves her bag behind - then she's dead.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by John Pollack; spine worn; upper wrapper a little chipped, creased and frayed; inked price revision on upper wrapper; staples rusted; text lightly tanned; a serviceable copy. Only a single copy (Bodleian) located in the major UK libraries.

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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE A HARLOT.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE A HARLOT.

Cleveland : Kaywin Publishers, (1952). First American edition. Private eye Nick Cranley “up to his big ears again in luscious lovelies and trigger-happy hooligans”. First published in England in 1949.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a stylish design by John Pollack; spine worn and slightly split; small chips to upper wrapper; larger chips and some mild creases to rear wrapper; text tanned, with some light creasing, but overall a good copy. Just one copy (Bowling Green State) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£30

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"STORME, Michael" - [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE A VIRGIN.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1950]. First edition. A Nick Cranley tale - Nick waits for a redhead and is mistakenly given a large envelope.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by John Pollack; some wear at extremities; some light creasing; revised price deeply pencilled on upper wrapper; a few edge-spots; staples rusting; text a little dusty in a few places; a good copy. Only a single copy (Bodleian) located in the major UK libraries.

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"STORME, Michael" - [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE BEAUTIFUL.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1949). First edition. Mrs Cranley has become suspicious.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by John Pollack (1918-1985); some chipping to spine; some creasing; slight nick to lower wrapper; a few slight marks and spots; staples rusting, but a good copy.

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"STORME, Michael" - [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE DANGEROUS.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1950]. First edition. Nick Cranley hunts down a boyfriend for ten dollars a day and a few stolen moments - "beautiful dames and ugly corpses".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by John Pollack (1918-1985); some wear at head; some creasing; a couple of edge-spots; staples a little rusted, but overall still a very good copy. Only a single copy (Bodleian) located in the major UK libraries.

£100

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