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May 14, 2020

Murderous May

'Tis better to read about murders than to actually commit one. - Mr. Pulp

With tensions running high from the Wuhan virus induced lockdown that the world has been dealing with, you could be forgiven for wanting to murder somebody. But all the legal hassles just aren't worth it. What you need to do is get a good book about murder and tune out those people who would be the target of your wrath.
So we're going to get right to this month's SALE books before we test your patience further.
Presenting the books of Murderous May......

On Sale This Month.

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Just One More Case by W.T. Ballard – four stories of jewel thefts, frame-ups, intimidation, and murder by one of the most popular writers of the pulp era.

There’s That Corpse Again (1943) – Happy Valley, with its winter sports, became a suicide playground for Jimmy Doane. For he was haunted by a corpse on skis that was determined to dog Jimmy’s snow trail until he reached the brink of hell’s jump-off. A five chapter novelette.

Stooge For Slaughter (1938) – Ernie Paulo was a small time dip who didn’t have the nerve or the brains to go big time. But nerve and brains aren’t everything. There is a third ingredient that outweighs the other two. Fate. Fate was the third chip. And Ernie found that three’s a crowd—in more ways than one.

Models For Murder (1945) – What grim motive was behind the terroristic frightening of those beautiful New York models and behind the murder that accompanied it? I, Austin Gardner had two dangerous reasons for wanting to find out.

Just One More Case, Uncle Sam (1943) – Eddie Fayne would be in uniform in a week—and he had only that week to solve the toughest case of all!
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Black Murder by Roger Torrey – Three hard-boiled stories of greed, robbery, black market bootleggers and murder.

Life—or Death? (1940) – A bullet stood between the happiness of his two friends and his own death. John Morgan, being the sort of a man he was, made the only choice possible

Three Dead Men (1940) – Joe Walters finds his man and the missing money— but he can’t find anyone to pin the rap on!

Black Murder (1944) – Danny had been in hot business before. But he wouldn’t go back now—even to escape ruin—because he had two brothers in the service. But sometimes when you want to leave the black market alone, it won’t let you alone
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Focus On Death by Robert Leslie Bellem – Five Stories from the Casebook of Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective. Dan Turner deals with the usual assortment of lowlifes in Hollywood: actors, agents, thieves, blackmailers and murderers.

Dead Heat (1944) – The cash customers paid plenty out to watch her emote on the screen. They looked upon her as a brunette angel, but there were a lot of substantial citizens in Hollywood who knew Linda for a rat

Broken Melody (1942) – Nothing scalds Dan Turner so much as a threatening note. When there’s geetus in a case, and when there’s a little songbird like Chiquita in the picture, nobody’s going to tell Dan to layoff, and get away with it!

Focus On Death (1944) – They were making a cowboy picture, and of course the Indians’ arrows had all been blunted. Nevertheless it was an arrow with sharpened tip that came out of the welter of battle to kill the lovely star!

Dead Man’s Guilt (1943) – Everybody knew Kilgore had been killed trying to escape from San Quentin. Yet now this girl, who knew all the facts in the case, pleads with Dan to save her from the dead man!

Wired Alibi (1948) – The victim was no longer alive to deny or confirm his murderer but Homicide Donaldson was trying to finger Dan Turner for the kill—because in a Sunset Strip gin mill the Ace private eye had uttered public threats to feed the victim crooner a load of venom. . . it was evident that Dan was in a king-size jack-pot!
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The Black Ace by Barry Perowne (1930) — that mysterious shadowy figure whose sinister passing left a trail of death, swift and devastating. From a late night raid on a London nightclub, to deception in an opium den, to gang warfare on a deserted London wharf, the hunt for The Black Ace is grim and determined.
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Sand In The Snow by Norbert Davis (1939) — California has snow-capped peaks and burning sandy wastes—and Jim Daniels, following the threads of the strangest case he ever undertook, found that sudden and violent death was apt to occur in both climates. In fact, peril seemed to travel in the wake of the Young Millionaire with the Scarred Face, ready to pounce at any moment.

When workaholic attorney Jim Daniels takes a mid-winter vacation to Southern California to placate his wife, he steps into a nightmare of murder and a years-old secret of fraud and corruption. An exciting novel of a brilliant young attorney’s vacation from safety.

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My Brother’s Widow by John D. MacDonald – For four years, Gevan Dean had refused to face Niki, the woman who’d hurt him. But now he had to—because her husband, Gevan’s brother, had been murdered.

For four years Gevan Dean was in self-imposed exile from his family business, the business he had run until his brother stole his fiancee. Now his brother had been murdered and Gevan needed to know why.
So even though you're ready to bring the hammer down, literally, on somebody, come by The Pulp Fiction Book Store and pick up a book or two on murder. It's a lot better than twenty to life with no parole.
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