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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.
“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”.
“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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