Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Beach Girls, by John D. MacDonald

This Fawcett edition of John D. MacDonald’s The Beach Girls (1959) features a cover illustration by Robert McGinnis, and was published in the mid-1970s.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Richard Hoyt’s Novels

Twenty-seven books divided according to their series protagonists. Note that 1987’s Siege appears under two different headings.

John Denson -- Seattle, Washington, private investigator
Decoys (1980)
30 for a Harry (1981)
The Siskiyou Two-Step (1983; expanded and re-titled Siskiyou in paperback, 1984)
Fish Story (1985)
Whoo? (1991)
Bigfoot (1993)
Snake Eyes (1995)
The Weatherman’s Daughters (2003)
Pony Girls (2004)

James Burlane -- CIA agent
Trotsky’s Run (1982)
Head of State (1985)
The Dragon Portfolio (1986)
Siege (1987; also features Jim Quint)
Marimba (1992)
Red Card (1994)
Japanese Game (1995)
Tyger! Tyger! (1996)
Blood of Patriots (1996, with Neil Abercrombie)

Jim Quint -- gonzo journalist and spy novelist
Cool Runnings (1984)
Siege (1987; also features James Burlane)
Vivienne (2000)

Jake Hipp/Willow Blackwing -- Northern Oregon private investigators
Crow’s Mind (2013)

Other Novels
The Manna Enzyme (1982)
Darwin’s Secret (1989)
Old Soldiers Sometimes Lie (2002)
Sonja’s Run (2005)

Writing as Nicholas van Pelt
The Mongoose Man (1998)
Stomp (1999)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sherlock Holmes at War, 1942

The Turner Classic Movies Web site summarizes the plot of 1942’s Sherlock Holmes and Voice of Terror thusly: “Although Universal [Pictures] never made a true adaptation of any of [Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes] stories, they borrowed plot elements for all of them. For Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror, they drew primarily on ‘His Last Bow,’ a 1917 story pitting Holmes against a German spy on the eve of World War I. Although the idea of Holmes helping the British government track down a spy--and even the spy’s name, von Bork--were retained, most of the story was original, with the detective this time enlisted at the height of the [Second World War] to help track down ‘The Voice of Terror,’ a German agent posing as a British noble in taunting radio broadcasts designed to break British morale. That plot twist was inspired by the activities of ‘Lord Haw-Haw,’ who actually was several different Nazi agents who, like Axis Sally and Tokyo Rose, hosted a radio show sending Axis propaganda to the Allies.”

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

"Death Is a Double-Cross," December 7, 1971

This Season One episode of the William Conrad private-eye series Cannon was based on Thomas B. Dewey's 1953 novel, Every Bet's a Sure Thing.

"Runaway," January 10, 1964

This episode of Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater stars Hugh O'Brian and was based on the novel A Sad Song Singing (1963), by Thomas B. Dewey.