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“BOCCA, Al” – [WINTER, Bevis, 1918-1985] : BLONDE ON ICE.
London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. “If a first-rate heel marries a devastating socialite and then leaves her cold, taking her money and leaving a corpse at the end of her garden, what can she do except call for Al? What comes next is a lethal fan dancer with a number of complicated relationships ...”.
“BOCCA, Al” – [WINTER, Bevis, 1918-1985] : REQUIEM FOR A REDHEAD.
London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. Crime columnist on the Chandler City News sets out to identify “a particularly vicious spider in the highly organised cobweb of lawlessness and corruption”. Nova the delectable redhead gets caught up.
“CAIRO, Jack” – [FODEN, Frederick Tom, 1907-1982] : THE BODY DUTIFUL.
London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. “Johnny Farrell’s first assignment was simple enough – to locate Kay Burnett in the windy city and return her to her rich pa”. Irresistible female crook throws a spanner in the works. “Jack Cairo” was a Milestone house-name, but generally used by Foden.
“DARK, Johnny” – [NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983] : THE SQUEALER.
London : Milestone Publications, (1954). First edition. “Lemme tell you about this dame. Sure, I know her, I know her damn well. It’s a long story, but mebbe there’s a moral in it somewhere. I meet up with some pretty hard-boiled babes in this reporting racket, but seldom a cookie like Mamie Debrowsky. She’s got everything: looks, shape, personality, but it ain’t just that”.
“DELANEY, Mickey” : I GO FOR THAT.
London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. “‘I’ve come to have a look at your birthmark, babe. Get your clothes off fast ...’. This is the typical approach of Brett Stoggart, special agent, counter-espionage, F.B.I. Especially when he is looking for a highly coveted formula ... Here is a supercharged case of mistaken identities, conflicting loyalties, involving dangerous young women who can be secretive, yet generous to a fault. In fact, several faults”.
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“DELLA, Lew” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : LIFE IS SHORT.
London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. The headlines ran “Nude Dame Snatched from Bath”, “Socialite Disappears”, “Dresses at Point of a Gun”, “Bandit Hands her Scanties”, “It was Awful says Maid”.
“DELLA, Lew” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : LOVE COMES LETHAL.
London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. “Pansy Fane, a spirited and beautiful blonde steongrapher is victimised first by the police, then a vice boss and finally by her own blazing desire for revenge”.
“PERRELLI, Nick” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : PRIVATE EYEFUL.
London : Milestone, (1953). First edition. “The missing negatives were important right enough – a photographic record of the archives the Crime Commission had prepared for their next strike at the underworld ... Perrelli at the peak of his ability to chill and to thrill”. Although the “Nick Perrelli” name was used by various authors, American copyright records note this title as the work of George H. Dawson.
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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS BLOWS TOWN.
London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. “Miss Otis made her most queenly, most voluptuous entrance ... Leo, not being versed in politeness, just slewed in his chair and gaped in open admiration. He had never seen the Otis before, at least in anything of a close-up”. First featured in “Miss Otis Comes to Piccadilly”, the Otis was the most fatal of femmes fatales and here appears in the “slickest Otis opus to date”.
“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS MAKES HAY.
London : Milestone Publications, (1954). First edition. “The Otis prowess with her pearl-handled gat preserves her scorching personality – she’s a combination of guts and glamour, a gal who leaves 3-D pictures in the memory”. The eighth in the new series of Miss Otis titles.
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“SPADE, Danny” – [WILLIAMS, Betty Mabel Lilian, 1919-1974] : THE LADY LIKES TO SIN.
London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. Although the Danny Spade pseudonym appears on the front cover and title-page, there is a glamour shot of the author under another of her pseudonyms as “Miss Dail Ambler, playwright, novelist and ex-Hollywood screen writer” on the lower wrapper. She later found some notoriety for the storyline and screenplay of perhaps the most interesting of the British teen-rebellion, beatnik and coffee-bar movies, released in 1960 as “Beat Girl” in the UK and “Wild for Kicks” in the USA, and starring Adam Faith, David Farrar, Shirley Anne Field, Gillian Hills, Christopher Lee, Peter McEnery, Oliver Reed, etc.
USHER, Gray (John Gray), 1903-1987 : SLEEP IF YOU DARE.
London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. Chief of the New York Homicide Department is himself murdered – the Department is baffled, his son investigates with lethal and romantic methods. Usher, who also wrote under the pseudonym Christopher Grey, later had success in hardback with his series of Michael Drexel novels published by John Long, with translations into German and French.
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