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New Releases from WPG – Craig Rice, Robert Sheckley and Les Savage, Jr.

New Vintage eBooks from Wonder Publishing Group. Ahhh! The Power of three. Three new eBook titles from three classic authors from three different genres!

Meeting of the Minds: Short Stories of Robert Sheckley, Volume One

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Meeting of the Minds: Short Stories of Robert Sheckley, Vol. 1

Robert Sheckley (July 16, 1928 — December 9, 2005) was a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated American author. First published in the science fiction magazines of the 1950s, his numerous quick-witted stories and novels were famously unpredictable, absurdist and broadly comical. Sheckley was given the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2001. Included in this collection are nine of some of his best stories written in the 1950s. Includes the following stories: MEETING OF THE MINDS, THE LEECH, UNTOUCHED BY HUMAN HANDS, WARRIOR RACE, SHAPE, WRITING CLASS, SEVENTH VICTIM, COST OF LIVING, and THE LAST WEAPON

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The Lucky Stiff by Craig Rice

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The Lucky Stiff by Craig Rice

“Anna Marie St. Claire died in the electric chair at one minute after midnight this morning, with smile on her lips ? ” Brooding over his gin in Joe the Angel’s City Hall Bar, John J. Malone read those headlines, and the story of how, half an hour too late, a dying gangster’s confession had proved Anna Marie innocent. She had been too beautiful to die. Malone knew if he had defended her she wouldn’t have had to die. Suddenly he turned white. For there, floating through the swinging doors, came a lovely apparition, curves outlined by a chic gray suit–Anna Marie, dressed just as she had been the day her gangster lover was bumped off. Malone muttered a prayer and fled. Anna Marie followed him ? So begins a giddy Craig Rice manhunt, combining mirth, mixed drinks, murder, and that talented trio, John J. Malone and Helene and Jake Justus.

Craig Rice (pseudonym of Georgiana Ann Craig; 1908–1957) was an American author of mystery novels and short stories, sometimes described as “the Dorothy Parker of detective fiction.” She was the first mystery writer to appear on the cover of Time Magazine, on January 28, 1946. Gritty but humorous, Rice’s stories uniquely combine the hardboiled detective tradition with no-holds-barred, screwball comedy. Most of her output features a memorable trio of protagonists: Jake Justus, a handsome but none too bright press agent with his heart in the right place; Helene Brand, a rich heiress and hard-drinking party animal par excellence (to become Mrs. Justus in the later novels); and John Joseph Malone, a hard-drinking, small-time lawyer (though both his cryptic conversation and sartorial habits are more reminiscent of such official or private gumshoes as Lieutenant Columbo). ¬– via: Wikipedia

Last of the Breed by Les Savage, Jr.

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Last of the Breed by Les Savage, Jr.

The town of Apache Wells had quietly sneered at Brian Sheridan all his life. It knew him as a drunk, a playboy, the worthless son of a man who had hacked his power and fortune from the Arizona wilds in the tradition of the great empire builders. And then one day the father was dead. Brian found himself broke, hated, squeezed dry by the men he’d known as friends. Slowly Brian Sheridan began to fight back, to come alive as a man. It was a good feeling. But it carried the uneasy knowledge that somebody had decided the new Sheridan would also be the last. A rousing novel of frontier Arizona! Les Savage, Jr. was a writer from age 17. He was a prolific contributor to the pulp magazines for a number of years. In addition he penned over twenty books. A few of his better known titles are: “Treasure of the Brasada,” “Silver Street Women” and “The Royal City.” Several of his novels were adapted for the movies and television. In 1958 he died at the too young age of 35.

New Releases – 4 Great New eBook Titles

Groovy, four new eBooks titles from Wonder Publishing Group.

The Graveyard Rats and Other Stories by Henry Kuttner

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The Graveyard Rats and Other Stories by Henry Kuttner

The Graveyard Rats and Other Stories by Henry Kuttner

Old Masson had a secret– One of Salem’s oldest and most decrepit cemeteries was put in Old Masson’s charge, but he didn’t mind–he was more than sufficiently compensated by the treasures the newly departed wholeheartedly offered him. Unfortunately, he always seemed to have to work harder to earn his keep, for he had an unusual rival to match: rats! The critters, large as cats, often took whole bodies out of the coffins and into some dark, sinister place–where it is rumored that ghouls and evil creatures worse than the rats dwell. Old Masson never worried, though; these were, after all, just rumors–and they were, after all, just rats. Or were they? Also contains the stories: THE EGO MACHINE, WHERE THE WORLD IS QUIET, PROBLEM WITH ETHICS, WHAT HATH ME?, and the classic HOME IS THE HUNTER.

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Cropper’s Cabin by Jim Thompson

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Cropper's Cabin by Jim Thompson

Cropper's Cabin by Jim Thompson

Tommy Carver was a raw nerve, an angry young Okie sharecropper. Sharing the narrow confines of a hot and steamy cabin with a violent father. But his stepmother was the one that was really pushing his buttons. And her affections were way beyond maternal. The heat of the situation was making Tommy boil over. It was just a matter of time before he’d do something he regretted.

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The Planetary Adventures of Eric John Stark by Leigh Brackett

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The Planetary Adventures of Eric John Stark

The Planetary Adventures of Eric John Stark

He is Eric John Stark, known far and wide around the galaxy because of his many exploits and unparalleled fearlessness. But he is also called N’Chaka, Man-Without-a-Tribe. Born and raised in the savage surroundings of Mercury, and then reclaimed by his fellow Earthmen after they have destroyed his tribe and home, Stark spends his life wandering, not staying in one place for long, yet ever and always leaving his mark. From dry and arid Mars with its vampiric Ramas, to red and lush Venus with its psychotic Lhari, and back again to the cold and cruel winter region of Mars and the Gates of Death, Stark fulfills overwhelming deeds of heroism, creating friendships and discovering love, yet still remaining true to his namesake–N’Chaka, Man-Without-A-Tribe.

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Gunfire at Salt Fork by William Hopson

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Gunfire at Salt Fork by William Hopson

Gunfire at Salt Fork by William Hopson

He had a five-notch past and plenty more room on his gun. Carr was coming back and along the silent dusty street of Salt Fork you could almost smell death in the air. In the gray light of morning the four Kendalls waited for him, gun-hot and swaggering–but thinking, too, of the five dead outlaws strung out down Jonathan Carr’s back trail. The morning grew brighter–and so did the knowledge that by sundown in Salt Fork there would be burying to do.

New Releases — Ben Bova & Bradford Scott

Two new eBook releases from WPG (Wonder Publishing Group) this week.

The Towers of Titan and Other Stories by Ben Bova

The Towers of Titan and Other Stories by Ben Bova

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Five extraordinary stories by one of Science Fiction’s most revered writers. THE TOWERS OF TITAN–Across the frozen cliffs they loomed–the unbelievably ancient towers with the unimaginable engines deep inside them still pouring out their endless power. Dr. Sidney Lee, back from living death, vowed to find the secret of the Towers of Titan! THE NEXT LOGICAL STEP–Ordinarily the military least wants to have the others know the final details of their war plans. But, logically, there would be times–ANSWER, PLEASE ANSWER– Astronomer Bova draws upon the facts of his field to weave a story that will grip your emotions and tantalize your mind–long after you have finished reading it. THE DUELING MACHINE–The trouble with great ideas is that someone is sure to expend enormous effort and ingenuity figuring out how to louse them up. A LONG WAY BACK– He held the future of the world in his numbed hands. And from 22,500 miles out, he made the gamble.
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Powder Burn by Bradford Scott

Powder Burn by Bradford Scott

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DOUBLE DANGER for Walt Slade, undercover ace lieutenant of the Texas Rangers. He is the man most feared by the owlhoots and drygulchers of the old Texas Border. The sight of this tall lawman with the lightning-fast draw astride his great black horse, Shadow, symbolizes defense of the innocent and the end of reckless careers of lawlessness. Walt Slade trailed a killer from Texas through Mexico, all the way to Tombstone, Arizona–only to find the owlhoot riding at his back. And when he turned to face him he found he was not only up against his prey, but also in a showdown with Wyatt Earp, most famous marshal in the West. Slade had to get his man, but first he had to face death at the hands of Wyatt Earp.

“There’s one man I wouldn’t want to cross!” So said Wyatt Earp after his first meeting with Walt Slade. He didn’t know that he had just threatened the undercover ace of the Texas Rangers, but he realized that he had faced a gunfighter without a flaw, a two-gun killer with perfect coordination of hand and eye and a clear, cold, hairtrigger brain. At that moment Earp knew that Tombstone wasn’t big enough to hold both of them–alive!

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