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BRETT, Rosalind : PAGAN INTERLUDE.

BRETT, Rosalind : PAGAN INTERLUDE.

New York : Leisure Library, (1953). First American edition. "A tale of passion and frustration in the dense jungle of tropical Africa". First published in the UK by R. & L. Locker in 1947.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a lurid design; lightly rubbed and a little scuffed; lower wrapper lightly discoloured with damp, with a related fringe of darkness to edges; otherwise a good and bright copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major UK library.

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"MORELLI, Spike" - [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : DEATH FOR A DOLL.

New York : Leisure Library, (1952). First edition. "Eddie Callao came up the hard way, from the filth of a Chicago back street ... Then, into his life came a dame of his own breed". Although there was presumably an English edition, perhaps under a different title, this has not been traced.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a blonde in red from Reginald Heade; a little warped and wrinkled from damp; some minor wear; small scuff to upper wrapper; larger scuff and a pronounced crease to lower wrapper; text a little tanned; a reading copy. No copy of any edition traced in the major UK libraries.

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"MORELLI, Spike" - [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : THIS WAY FOR HELL.

New York : Leisure Library, (1952). First edition. "When dames get tough anything can happen" - a Shaun O'Malley mystery. Although there was presumably an English edition, perhaps under a different title, this has not been traced.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a green-eyed redhead with a gun from Reginald Heade; a touch of wear to tips; a hint of rusting to staples, but a very good copy. Only a single copy (Bowling Green State University) located on WorldCat.

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"ROSS, Gene" - [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : CURVES CAUSE TROUBLE.

New York : Leisure Library, (1953). First American edition of "Lady, Throw Me a Curve", originally published by Archer in 1950. The beautiful Carole comes calling on private-eye Shaun O'Malley. The Reginald Heade cover was not used on the UK edition.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a supercilious blonde from Reginald Heade; light wear to tips; some light creasing, slightly more pronounced on lower wrapper, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major UK library.

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"ROSS, Gene" - [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : SORRY FOR YOU, BEAUTIFUL.

New York : Leisure Library, (1952). First American edition. Gus Rego wants to dominate the Chicago underworld - and Jean. Although there was presumably an earlier UK edition, possibly under a different title, this has not been traced.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a she-was-man-crazy design by Reginald Heade; some light wear and creasing; a few slight marks; first few leaves noticeably torn and slightly chipped, without loss of text; text tanned; a serviceable copy. No copy of any edition traced in the major UK libraries.

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"STORME, Michael" - [DAWSON, George H.] : HOT DAMES ON COLD SLABS.

New York : Leisure Library, (1952). First American edition. Three women from the Mid West head for the big city (Chicago) in search of husbands - they find the price is steep. Originally published by Archer in the UK in 1950.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - an iconic design by Reginald Heade; just a touch of rubbing and wear; a few faint marks and creases; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major UK library.

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

New York : Leisure Library, (1952). First American edition. The first in the Nick Cranley series - "a never-ending vortex of excitement ... tough mobs ... police that mean business; and gals that mean business too - but not the same kind". First published by Archer in the UK in 1949.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a dramatic design by Reginald Heade; a hint of rubbing; a couple of corner creases; text lightly tanned; staples slightly rusted, but overall a very good copy. No copy of any edition traced in the major UK libraries.

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"VANE, Roland" - [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : PICK-UP GIRL.

New York : Leisure Library, (1952). First edition. Juvenile delinquency, good time girls, "the first false step which places her virtue in jeopardy". Subsequently published by Archer in the UK in 1953.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a roadside redhead from Reginald Heade; just a hint of wear; staples rusting, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major UK library.

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"VANE, Roland" - [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : WHITE SLAVE RACKET.

New York : Leisure Library, (1952). First edition. A dancing school is the perfect blind for enticing young women. Subsequently published by Archer in the UK in 1953.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a tortured blonde from Reginald Heade; just a touch of wear at tips; some faint creasing, but a very good copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major UK library.

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