Saturday, September 13, 2014

DEERSTALKER EDITIONS CATALOG

COMING SOON!


Nemesis Magazine #1: Gun Moll In Tentacles Of Evil
Nemesis Magazine #2: Rachel Rocket In Hell Wings Over Manhattan
Nemesis Magazine #3: Victory Rose In The Furher's Final Trumpet
Nemesis Magazine #4: Femme Noir In Hell's Hungry Darlings
Nemesis Magazine #5: Gun Moll In Angel With No Hands
Nemesis Magazine #6: Rachel Rocket In March Of The Molten Image
Nemesis Magazine #7: Victory Rose in Death Stalks the Ruins
Nemesis Magazine #8: Femme Noir in Claws of Fire and Ice
Nemesis Magazine #9: Gun Moll in The Prison of Guilt and Shame C166
SHADOW OF THE DAHLIA [A  Rick Page Mystery] by JACK BLUDIS
THE LAST SELLOUT by JACK BLUDIS
DIRTY WORK [A  Rick Page Mystery] by JACK BLUDIS
MUNCHIES & OTHER TALES OF GUYS, GALS AND GUNS by JACK BLUDIS
THE LAST SELLOUT by JACK BLUDIS
THE EMPEROR'S GAMBIT by CHARLES LEE JACKSON II
THE EXECUTIVE OF CRIME [THE EMPEROR'S SECRET FILES] by CHARLES LEE JACKSON II]
Corpse In The Abstract [A Lt Mark Stoddard Mystery] by J. D. Crayne
Corpse In The Camera [A Lt Mark Stoddard Mystery] by J. D. Crayne
Corpse In The Concrete: A Lt Mark Stoddard Mystery by J. D. Crayne
Murder At The Worldcon: A Science Fictional Roman a Clef by J. D. Crayne
Tetragravitron [Captain Spycer #1] by J. D. Crayne
The Cosmic Wheel by J. D. Crayne
The Investigations Of Clara Linz [The Legendary Women Detectives] by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Corpse In Color [A Lt Mark Stoddard Mystery] by J. D. Crayne
CORPSE WITH A KEY by J. D. CRAYNE
C IS FOR CATNIP [A "LUCKY PIERRE" MYSTERY] by J. D. CRAYNE
GHOST OF A PURR [A "LUCKY PIERRE" MYSTERY] by J. D. CRAYNE
MAGICAL MEOW [A "LUCKY PIERRE" MYSTERY] by J. D. CRAYNE
PAUSE FOR THE CAT [A "LUCKY PIERRE" MYSTERY] by J. D. CRAYNE
THREE CAT MYSTERIES: C IS FOR CATNIP, GHOST OF A PURR, MAGICAL MEOW [LUCKY PIERRE MYSTERIES] by J. D. CRAYNE
GETTING HIGH: A Novel of the 1960s By J. P. DOOLEY
THE RAID: A Novel of Nuclear Terrorism by IRV EACHUS
SUNSTROKE: A Novel of Suspense by IRV EACHUS
Jason [The Minstrel's Song #1] by Jac Eddins
Not the Marrin' Kind by Jac Eddins
STARLIGHT KISS by Jac Eddins
American Dreams by James Vincent Fusco
Paperback Writer by James Vincent Fusco
Faces Of Doom by S. A. Gorden
The Duce Of Pentacles by S. A. Gorden
Days Between Seasons by S.A. Gorden
Murder Picnic & Other Mysteries by S.A. Gorden
SHADOW OF THE DHALIA: The Shamus Award Nominee Mystery by JACK BLUDIS
THE LAST SELLOUT: A 1950s Hollywood Mystery by The Shamus Award Nominee Author JACK BLUDIS
Sacrifices: A Novel Of Terror
ACT OF CONTRITION: The Classic Noir Graphic Novel by NIK HAVERT and WES SWEETSER
The Mark Of Zorro: A Romance Of Old California by Johnstone McCulley
Dr Syn, the Scarecrow of Romney Marsh by Russell Thorndike
THE MR. GRYCE MYSTERY OMNIBUS: THE LEAVENWORTH CASE; A STRANGE DISAPPEARANCE; THE CLUE OF THE HASTY ARROW by ANNA KATHARINE GREEN
HADES HILL by J. CHARLES HUGHES
THE DR. THORNDYKE MYSTERY OMNIBUS: THE RED THUMB MARK; DOCTOR THORNDYKE'S CASES; THE EYE OF OSIRIS by R. AUSTIN FREEMAN
THE TANK WAR MISSION [The Classic 1960s Man from W.A.R. Series] by MICHAEL KURLAND
THE THIRD FORCE MISSION [The Classic Man from W.A.R. Series] by MICHAEL KURLAND
THE PLAGUE OF SPIES MISSION [The Classic Man from W.A.R. Series] by MICHAEL KURLAND
A Point Of Murder [A Nick Bancroft Mystery] by Bob Liter
August Is Murder by Bob Liter
Death Sting [A Nick Bancroft Mystery] by Bob Liter
Murder By The Book [A Nick Bancroft Mystery] by Bob Liter
Murder Inherited by Bob Liter
And The Band Played On... [A Nick Bancroft Mystery] by Bob Liter
NO ACCOUNTING FOR DANGER by LAIRD LONG
Unaccustomed As I Am To Public Dying: Humorous And Ironic Mystery Stories
The Clarington Heritage by Ardath Mayhar
Writing Through A Stone Wall by Ardath Mayhar
Closely Knit In Scarlatt: Romantic Suspense by Ardath Mayhar
Good-bye, Maggie! - A Novel of Romantic Suspense by K. L Melvany
The P. I.: A Novel of Romantic Suspense by K. L Melvany
Busted Valentine by Jerry Oster
When the Night Comes by Jerry Oster
Nightfall by Jerry Oster
Sweet Justice [A Jake Neuman Mystery] by Jerry Oster
Kiss Di Foxx [A Joe Cullen Mystery] by Jerry Oster
THE FANTOMAS CENTENNIAL OMNIBUS EDITION by PIERRE SOUVESTRE AND MARCEL ALLAIN
Murder In Macao
Zero Hour: A Novel Of Espionage China In The Early Days Of WWII
The Diamond Bullet Murder Case by George F. Worts
The Gold Coffin Murder Case by George F. Worts
The High Seas Murder Case [A Classic Gillian Hazeltine Courtroom Mystery] by George F. Worts
The Ledger Of Life Mystery [Semi-Dual Astrological Detective] by J. U. Giesy & Junius B. Smith
Message From A Corpse [An Amy Brewster Mystery] by Sam Merwin, Jr.
The Crime Circus Murder Case by George F. Worts
The House of Invisible Bondage by J. U. Giesy and Junius Smith
NOWHERE TO HIDE & OTHER TALES OF MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE by JEAN MARIE STINE
MURDER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN [An Ameican Icon Mystery Classic] by MIGNON G. EBERHART & GRANTLAND RICE
LADY MOLLY OF SCOTLAND YARD by BARONESS ORCZY [THE LEGENDARY WOMEN DETECTIVES SERIES]
MADAM STOREY, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR  [THE LEGENDARY WOMEN DETECTIVES SERIES] by HULBERT FOOTNER
The E. Phillips Oppenheim Mystery Omnibus: The Box with Broken Seals; The Double Traitor; The Zeppelin's Passenger
THREE CLASSIC SPY NOVELS: RIDDLE OF THE SANDS by ERSKINE CHILDERS; THE GREAT IMPERSONATION by E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM; THE CZAR'S SPY by WILLIAM LE QUEUX
THE FIRST CRAIG KENNEDY OMNIBUS: Three Classic Novels About the World's Greatest Scientific Detective  by ARTHUR B. REEVE
The Legendary Detectives II: 8 Classic Novelettes [ed.] Jean Marie Stine
SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET: THE VICTORIAN CLASSIC by ANONYMOUS (Thomas Preskett Prest)
The Legendary Detectives: 9 Classic Novelettes Featuring The World's Greatest Super-Sleuths by Jean Marie Stine [Ed.]
The Legendary Women Detectives: 6 Novelets
THE ARSENE LUPIN OMNIBUS: ARSENE LUPIN, GENTLEMAN-BURGLAR; ARSENE LUPIN VERSUS S. H, THE FAMOUS ENGLISH DETECTIVE; THE HOLLOW NEEDLE by MAURICE LEBLANC
THE COUNCIL OF JUSTICE MYSTERY OMNIBUS: THE FOUR JUST MEN; THE COUNCIL OF JUSTICE; THE JUST MEN RETURN by EDGAR WALLACE
Three Classic Detective Novels: Average Jones Detective; Marquis Of The CID Or The Sleuth Of St James Square; The Cases Of Prince Zaleski
THE SECRET AGENT X OMNIBUS: LEGION OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE MURDER MONSTER & THE FEAR MERCHANTS by BRANT HOUSE
Three More Classic Detective Novels: Uncle Abner, Master of Mysteries; Cleek, the Man of Forty Faces; Martin Hewitt, Investigator
John Silence, Psychic Investigator by Algernon Blackwood
Max Carrados, the Classic Blind Detective Stories
Thirty Nine Steps And Three Other Classic Richard Hannay Spy Adventures
The Innocence of Father Brown & The Wisdom of Father Brown
The Second Thinking Machine Omnibus: Two More Complete Books Featuring the Legendary Detective
The Thinking Machine Omnibus: The First Two Classic Books Featuring the Legendary Detective by Jacques Futrelle
The Problems Of Violet Strange [The Legendary Women Detectives] by Anna Katherine Green
The Cases Of Joseph Muller, Detective
The Raffles Omnibus: All Four Classic Novels About the Gentleman Thief
Lady Molly Of Scotland Yard
The Experiences Of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective [The Legendary Women Detectives] by Catherine Louisa Pirkis
Constance Dunlap [The Legendary Women Detectives] by Arthur B. Reeve
The First Mary Roberts Rinehart Omnibus: The Bat; The Breaking Point; Where There Is a Will
The Second Mary Roberts Rinehart Omnibus: The Circular Staircase, Dangerous Days, The Confession
The Lone Wolf Omnibus: All Four Original Novels About the Sophisticated Jewel Thief by Louis Joseph Vance
The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace
Carnacki Ghost Finder: The Classic Of Supernatural Terrors by William Hope Hodgson
The Man In The Corner
Alias The Gray Seal: The Jimmy Dale Omnibus-The First Two Novels About The Legendary Fin-de-Siecle Gentleman Thief by Frank L. Packard
The Four Just Men
MAKE A DIFFERENCE: A SCIENCE FICTIONAL NOVEL OF SUSPENSE by RAYMOND LONG
THE GOLDEN SEAL OF ISIS by RAYMOND LONG
ACT OF EVIL by DON WHITE
THAT GOOD MAY COME: A Novel of Crime and Suspense by DON WHITE

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

NERO WOLFE UGLY? REX STOUT-READER LETTER EXCHANGE ABOUT WOLFE ILLUSTRATION IN 1947 MAGAZINE

Reader of The American Magazine, where many Nero Wolfe short novels first appeared, claims Stanley Erman illustration makes Wolfe look too ugly. Judge for yourself below.



SLEUTHS SHOULD BE BEAUTIFUL.
 Dear Sir: The Nero Wolfe Mystery Novel, Before I Die, by Rex Stout (April, p. 157), had me shaking in my boots, but I have a complaint. I like my favorite detectives to be suave and 'hand, some, whereaS, according to the author, Nero weighs between 310 and 390 (and what a spread that is!). Not only is he fat, but ugly as well, to judge from the illustration. Couldn't your artist pare off a few pounds and make him look a little more like. Humphrey Bogart—just for us girls?
EMILY BRANDWYNE
Chicago, Ill.


The following comment on the famous sleuth's lack of personal pulchritude was supplied by Author:

Dear Sir: About Nero as exhibited for the eye in the April AMERICAN, he may not be pretty as a picture, but whoever supposed he was? Not me, and certainly not Archie. In my opinion, for what it may be worth, it's a darned good likeness.
REX STOUT
Brewster, N. Y.



If you like Nero Wolfe you may want to read another classic mystery series from the 1940s, the Amy Brewster Mysteries by Sam Merwin Jr.  A Matter of Policy features Amy Brewster, who has been called the female Nero Wolfe.
These classic reprints are only $2.99 for Kindle at Amazon. But you can get A Matter of Policy FREE right now, for a short time only.

"Amy Brewster is a cigar-smoking, 300-pound lawyer-financier introduced by Sam Merwin Jr. in 1945. Upper-class but unfeminine, she is enlisted by friends to solve crimes. She appears in Knife in My Back ), Message from a Corpse and A Matter of Policy. Amy Brewster is defined against the genre's stereotypes, particularly the femme fatale: she is not attractive, not home-bound, and not submissive, either conversationally or professionally." -Frances A. DellaCava and Madeline H. Engel, Female Detective in American Novels, A Bibliography and Analysis of Serialized Female Sleuths (1993).

Remember, you can get A Matter of Policy for Kindle at Amazon FREE right now, for a short time only.

Monday, January 6, 2014

THE FEMALE NERO WOLFE - SAM MERWIN'S FORGOTTEN 1940s WOMAN DETECTIVE, AMY BREWSTER -

WHO IS AMY BREWSTER?
"Amy Brewster is a cigar-smoking, 300-pound lawyer-financier introduced by Sam Merwin Jr. in 1945. Upper-class but unfeminine, she is enlisted by friends to solve crimes. She appears in Knife in My Back (1945), Message from a Corpse (1945) and A Matter of Policy (1946). Both Bertha Cool and Amy Brewster are defined against the genre's stereotypes, particularly the femme fatale: they are not attractive, not home-bound, and not submissive, either conversationally or professionally.' -Frances A. DellaCava and Madeline H. Engel, Female Detective in American Novels, A Bibliography and Analysis of Serialized Female Sleuths (1993).


The following is adapted from the introduction to the Amy Brewster mystery, A Matter of Policy.
 
Sadly, the late Sam Merwin, Jr.  and his mysteries are largely forgotten today.  The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection, for instance, comprehensive as it is in other respects, contains no entry for him or for the Amy Brewster books. This neglect is particularly tragic when it comes to his three Amy Brewster mysteries, for Amy is a unique, proto-feminist character who stands out vividly against the background of her time (the 1940s).
Sam Merwin Jr.  was a triple-threat man who sold stories in the mystery, sports and science fiction genres.  Oddly, since mysteries were his first love, it is for his science fiction that he is remembered today, when he is remembered at all.  Science fiction fans seem to have substantially longer memories than mystery fans, for some reason.
Though he was highly regarded by his contemporaries, particularly for his work as a mystery editor—he edited the entire line of nearly a dozen mystery magazines published by then industry giant Popular Publications—during his lifetime he was overshadowed by his far more successful father.  Sam Merwin Sr.  (frequently in collaboration with Henry Kitchell Webster) was one of the bestselling authors of his own day (the early 1900s).  The two men were among the first to focus their plots on the workings of American industry in a series of novels of which Calumet K (one of the late philosophical novelist, Ayn Rand’s favorite books, according to her biographers) was representative, the story of a construction foreman working against a difficult deadline to overcome natural disasters and sabotage by competitors to finish a grain elevator on time.  The editors of the Saturday Evening Post credited Merwin with “making the novel of business popular in America."
That Sam Merwin Jr.  chose to pursue a career as a writer with a father already ranked among the giants of literature is testimony of the strength of his own urge to write.  He began as a journeyman in the pulps, where he sold stories to virtually every mystery pulp including Thrilling Detective, Popular Detective, G-Men Detective, Exciting Detective, and more than a dozen others.  Later as a matured writer his work was accepted by the classier digest-sized mystery magazines like Ellery Queen, Pursuit, and Manhunt.
As the heyday of the pulps waned due to the rise of television, Sam Merwin Jr.  increasingly turned to novel-length works.  One result was the three Amy Brewster books: A Matter of Policy, Knife at My Back, and Message from a Corpse.  (There is also an associated mystery, Murder in Miniatures, which features Sergeant Lanning, whom Amy matches wits with in this book.) Considering the public passion for mystery series at the time (consider Nero Wolfe, Perry Mason, Mr.  and Mrs.  North, Mike Shayne, etc.), why there were only three Brewster tales remains ...  a mystery.  Perhaps a woman as unconventional in every way as Amy was simply too far ahead of her time.  If she had eaten less, dressed better, avoided profanity and shed a few pounds, her chances for success in the 1940s, when all women were supposed to be-oh-so-glamorous and innocent, might have been greatly enhanced.  One imagines that if her author were living and writing today, Amy would be as popular as Kinsey Mulhone and V.  I.  Warshawski.
Where did the author come up with so original a character, not to mention a woman,  as Amy Brewster? She was modeled on a real woman, a genuine American original, and a celebrity of her time, who dropped in to visit his famous father one day.  Though the name Elsa Maxwell was a household word then, it would likely draw a blank even with a well-informed person today.  But in the 1920s and '30s, she was America’s "hostess with the mostess," a wealthy member of the Four Hundred famed for her wide social contacts which included heads of state, writers, athletes, and even interesting hobos, all of whom could be counted on to attend the lavish, and justly celebrated, bashes she gave in New York, Washington D.C.  and points west.  Her entry in American Heritage Dictionary memorializes her as an, "American gossip columnist and professional hostess noted for her extravagant high-society parties." What it leaves out is everything distinctive about her: her gargantuan gourmet’s appetite, her propensity for sizzling profanity, her size-fifty frame, her utter disregard for convention, and her penetrating intelligence. All characteristics guaranteed to leave their impression on a teenage boy whose father she dropped in to visit for a day, and all characteristics Ms. Maxwell shares with that boy’s creation, Amy Brewster.
Perhaps a word should be said about the author’s penchant for strong female characters.  The reader will note, perhaps wonderingly, that all three women in this book are steel-willed, intelligent and resourceful.  This holds true for Sam Merwin Jr.'s other mysteries.  One short novel, "The Stones in the Script," features a cool-headed brunette who isn’t afraid to use a gun and a blonde who slams out home runs on the ball field.  Likewise, it’s the young heroine of Murder in Miniature who spots the important clue. 
Samuel Kimball Merwin Jr.  was born in Plainfield, New Jersey in 1910.  He received his degree from Princeton, was a highly-respected writer and editor who authored more than one dozen books and several hundred short stories.  He passed away in 1996 at his home in Los Angeles, California at the ripe age of eighty-five, and is survived by his third wife, Amanda Varela, to whom he had been married for over a quarter of a century.
Today his mysteries can be found only at used and rare book shops.  Like the Amy Brewster novels, most have been out of print for more than fifty years.  The editorial board of Deerstalker Classics is particularly proud to be part of the effort to placing all three in print again after far too long a lapse of time.
Jean Marie Stine
January 2001

The blurb for A Matter of Policy (only $2.99 at Amazon/Kindle):

"This an enthralling read that begins when a young friend of Amy Brewster’s finds his life in jeopardy after an unknown mastermind insures it for one million dollars. This is the first of three classic Amy Brewster mysteries available for the first time in over fifty years! When a private detective hired to protect the young man is the first victim, Amy Brewster must think fast and act faster if she is to learn who is behind the plot on the young man’s life in time to save him. Is it Tosta Kaaren, AKA the Canarsie Swede, a platinum-blond nightclub singer whose real name is Toots Carlin? Or Paulie Paulec, the local crime boss who has a finger in every racket in town? Or playboy Lance Torrey, whose sources of income are suspect at best. A Matter of Policy is the first of three suspenseful Amy Brewster reprints by the legendary Golden Age mystery writer/editor, Sam Merwin, Jr."
(Covers from the hardcover and the paperback first editions above.)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

CHARLES LEE JACKSON II INTERVIEWED - CLICK THE PLAYER ON THE RIGHT

Learn about the events that led to CLJII's fascination with comic book, move serial and pulp magazine storytelling in PART I of a revealing interview conducted by Bill Mills. Then buy The Emperor books at Amazon, B&N, iTunes and other ebook sellers. Only $3.99.

http://www.amazon.com/Emperor-Marked-Death-Amazing-Adventures-ebook/dp/B00FN385TC

Thursday, December 19, 2013

CLIFFORD JOHNSON - THE MAN WHO MODELED NERO WOLFE FOR MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATORS



"When Thornton Utz . set about illustrating Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe mystery ("Omit Flowers') he needed a very big man to pose as Stout's beer-drinking, orchid-loving detective hero. Friends told him about Clifford L. "Tiny" Johnson, who is known in Utz's part of Connecticut as "the Mayor." Johnson is a 6-foot-4-inch 'mountain of a man who weighs 310 pounds and is "the mayor"i.e., First Selectman—of Fairfield Township, Conn. "Tiny" operates his own insurance agency in Fairfield, says his mayoral duties are not so arduous they would prevent him from posing for an artist, so he was delighted to stand in for Nero Wolfe. Unlike Wolfe, "Tiny" wouldn't cross the street for the rarest orchid in captivity, and, as far as he is concerned, his friends can "omit beer," too."
 --From the American Magazine Nov. 1948.

Have you met the female Nero Wolfe in the newly reprinted of the famous 1940s sleuth, Amy Brewster? If you love Wolfe, you will love Amy Brewster.

"Amy Brewster is a cigar-smoking, 300-pound lawyer-financier introduced by Sam Merwin Jr. in 1945. Upper-class but unfeminine, she is enlisted by friends to solve crimes. She appears in Knife in My Back (1945), Message from a Corpse (1945) and A Matter of Policy (1946). Amy Brewster is defined against the genre's stereotypes, particularly the femme fatale: she is not attractive, not home-bound, and not submissive, either conversationally or professionally." -Frances A. DellaCava and Madeline H. Engel, Female Detective in American Novels, A Bibliography and Analysis of Serialized Female Sleuths (1993).




Saturday, December 14, 2013

PORTRAITS OF NERO WOLFE AND DAUGHTER FROM ORIGINAL MAGAZINE PRINTING OF "OVER MY DEAD BODY"

No one was more surprised than Archie Goodwin when he learned Nero Wolfe had a long-lost daughter in the classic "Over My Dead Body." The fact that Wolfe's daughter, to get him to help her friend, told him the friend was his daughter, added to the mystery. Below is artist Carl Mueller's conception of the Wolfe and daughter.




Ssee all eight full sized illustrations from this story at our Facebook Album.


If You Love Wolfe, You May Want to Read...

Amy  Brewster, the Female Nero Wolfe!
"Amy Brewster is a cigar-smoking, 300-pound lawyer-financier introduced by Sam Merwin Jr. in 1945. Upper-class but unfeminine, she is enlisted by friends to solve crimes. She appears in Knife in My Back (1945), Message from a Corpse (1945) and A Matter of Policy (1946). Both Bertha Cool and Amy Brewster are defined against the genre's stereotypes, particularly the femme fatale: they are not attractive, not home-bound, and not submissive, either conversationally or professionally."
-Frances A. DellaCava and Madeline H. Engel, Female Detective in American Novels, A Bibliography and Analysis of Serialized Female Sleuths (1993).  




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

3 PORTRAITS OF NERO WOLFE BY THORNTON UTZ, THE SUPREME NERO WOLFE ARTIST

Thornton Utz produced covers for The American Magazine, Colliers, and the legendary Saturday Evening Post, until the rise of television after World War II killed the magazine industry and the publications that had been his financial mainstay.

Utz is best known, however, as the artist most associated with Nero Wolfe and was said by The American Magazine to have illustrated more Nero Wolfe stories than any other artist.

Visitors can see full-sized versions of these and other portraits of the rotund master detective in the Thornton Utz Album at our Deerstalker Facebook page.



 


Look for more Utz portraits of Nero Wolfe and portraits by other famous illustrators soon.

Plus illustrations of the inimitable Archie Goodwin soon.



http://www.amazon.com/Knife-Back-Jr-Sam-Merwin-ebook/dp/B000FA5LAO/If you love Nero Wolfe, and what right-thinking person doesn't?, you will want to read the adventures of Sam Merwin's rotund, cigar smoking gourmand detective, Amy Brewster, the female Nero Wolfe, reprinted for the first time since the 1940s. Start with A Knife in My Back. Only $3.99 in Kindle at Amazon.