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“CAPELLI, Ace” : BIG SHOT RACKETEER.
London : Kaye Publications, [ca.1952]. First edition. “When Lucky Nolan, ace racketeer, meets Josie Day, the blonde, angel faced babe with a body like plush and a heart like a rock ... sparks were sure fire. Josie was different from any dame Lucky had ever known and she had brains too”. Capelli was a name originally used by Stephen Daniel Frances (Hank Janson), later taken over by Geoffrey Pardoe, Norman Lazenby, and others.
"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".
"GRECCO, Johnny" – [PARDOE, Geoffrey (Richard Geoffrey), 1890-1953] : DON'T CROSS ME, HONEY.
London : Kaye Publications, [ca.1952]. First edition. "You could tell from the look in Dawson Blane’s eyes that he knew he was going to die".
“LATOUR, André” – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : BOUGHT LOVE.
London : Kaye Publications, . First edition. Marian dreams and schemes in her bamboo-built bungalow – “An earthly paradise. But there was no money”. Despite the claims on the cover, “André Latour” was neither famous nor French.
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“LATOUR, André” – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : FLAME OF DESIRE.
London : Bernard Kaye Agency, . First edition. The second of the “André Latour” titles – and one subjected to a destruction order by the courts. “It tells of a young girl, new to the erotic pleasures of the gay city of Paris – the most beautiful and at the same time the most wicked city in the world. It tells of her temptations, and how she falls a prey to the vices and lechery of an old roue”.
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"LATOUR, André" – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : THE PASSIONATE PRUDE.
London : Kaye Publications, . First edition. Edie the dancer, desperate to escape her East End background, prefers to be known as Stella.
"LATOUR, André" – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : SURRENDER.
London : Kaye Publications, . First edition. "I could have married anyone, and yet I had to marry him". Later in the year of publication, the publishers Bernard and Alfred Kaye were imprisoned on obscenity charges – another of the "André Latour" titles featuring in the trial.
"WINGRAVE, Josh" : THE BIG SIN.
London : Kaye Publications, . First edition. Shirley the failed illustrator takes to dancing – and is suddenly much in demand. This was one of the titles which featured in the obscenity trial of the publishers, Bernard and Alfred Kaye, leading to imprisonment for both later in 1954.
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