Craig Rice – BRAIN PLUCKER http://www.brainplucker.com THE WONDER PUBLISHING GROUP BLOG Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Releases – Noir Masters 2, Lawrence Blochman, & Pirates http://www.brainplucker.com/new-releases-noir-masters-2-lawrence-blochman-pirates/ Mon, 23 Aug 2010 15:24:36 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=1507 A new Noir Master and a collection of short stories from a Science Fiction Master. But first this short story by the author of the Riverworld series.

Masters of Noir: Volume Two by Craig Rice & Jonathan Craig & Hal Ellson

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MASTERS OF NOIR: VOLUME TWO by CRAIG RICE & JONATHAN CRAIG & HAL ELLSON

Another walk on the wild side! In this series of collections of gritty Noir and Hardboiled stories, you’ll find some of the best writers of the craft writing in their prime. The following stories are included in this second volume of Masters of Noir: GREEN EYES by HAL ELLSON, BIG STEAL by FRANK KANE, NECKTIE PARTY by ROBERT TURNER, THE PURPLE COLLAR by JONATHAN CRAIG, I DON’T FOOL AROUND by CHARLES JACKSON, NICE BUNCH OF GUYS by MICHAEL FESSIER, FLOWERS TO THE FAIR by CRAIG RICE, DIE LIKE A DOG by DAVID ALEXANDER, BUILD ANOTHER COFFIN by HAROLD Q. MASUR, SOMEBODY’S GOING TO DIE by TALMAGE POWELL.

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See You At The Morgue by Lawrence Blochman

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SEE YOU AT THE MORGUE by LAWRENCE BLOCHMAN

When a gigolo is shot, to death in the bedroom of a beautiful girl, it raises some perplexing problems for Detective Kenny Kilkenny. Why, for example, would a man steal the license plates off his own car? Why should an innocent young professor come to the murder room … and then conceal a key to the crime? Why was a “phantom secretary” hiding in the closet near the murdered man? Was there really money to be made selling glass eyes for stuffed ducks? Why would a beautiful girl ask her lover to kill her? As if these questions–and a hundred others–weren’t enough to drive Kilkenny crazy–there were three exceedingly strange characters to plague him : a girl named Rux, a man named Vanizol, and the weirdest of all–Mr. Whisk! It was a tough case, but so are they all when the word goes out– PARISIAN PLAYBOY SHOT IN N. Y. BEAUTY’S BOUDOIR … “PHANTOM SECRETARY” SEEKS SUICIDE…MYSTERY REDHEAD FOUND… — The papers shouted “SCANDAL!”–but the sirens shrieked “MURDER!”

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Gimlet Eye Gunn by H. Bedford-Jones

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GIMLET EYE GUNN by H. BEDFORD-JONES

How can a 300 year-old ghost know so much, from the past, to the present — even the future? Larsen had no idea, but he had to find out. It would mean knowing whether Gimlet Eye Gunn was for real, or he was the one going crazy. First published in Weird Tales, September 1951.

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New Releases from WPG – Craig Rice, Robert Sheckley and Les Savage, Jr. http://www.brainplucker.com/new-releases-from-wpg-craig-rice-robert-sheckley-and-les-savage-jr/ Wed, 09 Jun 2010 13:52:00 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=1380 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.

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New Releases – Clifford D. Simak & Craig Rice http://www.brainplucker.com/new-releases-clifford-d-simak-craig-rice/ Tue, 09 Mar 2010 22:26:13 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=1181 Two new releases from Wonder Publishing Group. These are great reads too!

Worlds Without End and Other Stories by Clifford D. Simak

Worlds Without End and Other Stories by Clifford D. Simak

Worlds Without End and Other Stories

by Clifford D. Simak

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A link between yesterday and the tomorrow that was here already ? The closer you move to something the farther away it got ? Dreams constructed and maintained by society ? Stranded on an alien world with nobody to talk to except your spaceship ? A world-to-world search for an elusive secret ? The bizarre, weird, strange creations of thing and worlds only Science Fiction Grand Master, Clifford D. Simak could have written ? and make believable.

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I'm a Stranger Here Myself and Other Stories

I'm a Stranger Here Myself and Other Stories

I’m Stranger Here Myself and Other Stories

by Craig Rice

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Charlie Bekker–also known as Bob Smith, J. Brown and Will Jones–one morning finds himself in a very sticky situation: he wakes up on the floor of an unfamiliar room, under circumstances he couldn’t recall, with a girl he has known only in passing. And the girl is dead. But by some good fortune he happens to bump into John J. Malone, Chicago’s best criminal defense lawyer, who agrees to help him get out of the mess. But the multiple identities starts getting on his nerves, as well as the web of deceit and deception, and the growing number of people getting uncannily involved in the whole thing. Will the great John J. Malone be able to survive this ? or will this be his last case? Also includes the stories: THE TEARS OF EVIL, NO VACANCIES


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Noir Masters Series from Wonder Publishing Group http://www.brainplucker.com/noir-masters-series-from-wonder-publishing-group/ Mon, 31 Aug 2009 23:30:42 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=354 Noir-Masters--Header

Somebody asked me how many titles did we have in the Noir Masters series, published by Wonder Publishing Group. And my answer was I didn’t know. You see, my business websites are woefully lacking at this time. I’m looking to hire someone to propagate them with all the titles we have out. Anyways this posting will get me to at least see how many titles in the Noir Masters I have.

You can find a listing of all these books and more at Fictionwise and for the Kindle at Amazon.

And the audiobooks can be found at Audible.

Coming Soon:

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eBook Novels:

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eBook Short Stories:

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Audiobooks:

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So I guess I’ve got 22 Noir Masters titles. Yahoo!

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