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FLYNN, T.T. (Thomas Theodore), 1902-1978 : IT’S MURDER!
London : Robin Hood Press, (1950). First paperback edition. Born in Indianapolis, Flynn led an itinerant life as sailor, salesman, cab-driver and railroad worker. Better known for his westerns (he wrote "The Man from Laramie"), the present tale of racketeer Ruby Reeves and his Broadway actress mistress Ruane Royce appears only to have been published in the UK. It also appeared in hardback in the same year under the associated Hector Kelly imprint.
“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : NO MORTGAGE ON A COFFIN.
London : Robin Hood Press, [ca.1949]. [Second edition]. “His work was sabotage; his recreation women”. Gangsters, Nazi spies, and mistresses in East Coast America. Originally published by Wells Gardner, Darton & Co. in 1941, the book was voluntarily withdrawn from sale by the publishers when both they and the author pleaded guilty to obscenity charges relating to two other Glinto titles at the Old Bailey in May 1942. Although retaining the original 1941 date, the present edition from the Robin Hood Press (established in 1946) is manifestly somewhat later and roughly datable from the lower wrapper advertisement for a Bryn Logan western published in 1949.
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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : " – ONE MORE NICE WHITE BODY".
London : Robin Hood Press, 1952. A reissue of the original 1950 edition. "To the mortuary janitor it was just one more nice white body. To Tim Bray it was the body of the girl he had loved ...". Bray investigates Dr Gruner and his rather special maternity clinic – "an old racket, but a new angle".
“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : ROAD FLOOZIE.
London : Robin Hood Press, 1950. Second edition. “She was Irish and her hot blood could not submit to the steamy confinement of a machine shop and the baiting of the vicious old forewoman. She cut loose ...”. First published in 1941 – both author and publisher were found guilty of publishing obscene books at an Old Bailey trial the following year, the present book characterised as “coarse and brutal”. Kelly was heavily fined (£100 at 1942 prices) and remanded in custody until payment had been made.
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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : YOURS TRULY, HOODLUM.
London : Robin Hood Press, 1953. [First? edition]. Lugs Cortesi, slum-rat with an underwear fetish, junkies, brothels, etc. An earlier edition published by Wells Gardner has been inferred, but the evidence is a little sketchy and the publishers’ edition statement (first published in 1953) is quite explicit. It may be possible that a Wells Gardner edition was announced but pulled from publication in the wake of the 1942 trial.
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