Vin Packer – 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 — 5 Noir Masters, 1 Classic Western & 1 SF Short http://www.brainplucker.com/new-releases-5-noir-masters-1-classic-western-1-sf-short/ Thu, 26 Nov 2009 14:39:27 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=751 Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! All of these new releases are available at Fictionwise.com. Most are also available for the Kindle at Amazon.
Mona by Lawrence Block

Mona by Lawrence Block

Also published as Grifter’s Game. The living was high and the pickings came easy–till my one wild love became my sweet, slow death. Clip artist, reamer, pigeon plucker–take your pick. They all spell confidence man. Hell–they all spell me, Joe Marlin. But then, by any other name I’d smell as sweet to bored women on the prowl–rich ladies with their baby blues tight shut and their pocketbooks wide open. That was my game–devil-may-care conning, fly-by-night living, skipped checks at plush hotels, fleeced suckers wherever I could make a touch, a well developed string of aliases. A great old life–the rolling stone gathering no moss, just the green stuff that counts. Then I met Mona–and fell like a ton of bricks, like some legendary lover ready to fight demons and dragons. Beautiful, wicked Mona–the girl who gave me a dream of a rose-covered cottage, and straight arrow living–and a nightmare involving the biggest clipping of them all–murder!
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A is for Android by Milton Lesser

A is for Android by Milton Lesser


The question is asked: Are the famous Dancing Girls of the Hyperion Club androids? Michael Carmody, Special Investigator for Android Service, especially wants to know, and his work takes him all the way to Saturn’s seventh moon just to find out. But will the answers be as important as his own life?

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Shave by Jack Shaefer

Shave by Jack Shaefer


Joe Starrett is a humble farmer, loving husband and father, and law-abiding citizen, but a rancher such as Luke Fletcher can get the worst out of even him. The Starrett family and others like them are having land conflicts with the notorious cattle owner, and they seem to be at the losing end. But then Shane comes into the picture–and their lives change forever. What seemed to be a simple political issue turns out to be a lesson in life.

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One Minute Past Eight by George Harmon Coxe

One Minute Past Eight by George Harmon Coxe

A suspense thriller from Mystery Grand Master, George Harmon Coxe. At approximately eight o’clock private detective Harry Baker stumbled onto something big. At exactly one minute past eight, Baker was dead. The local police had figured that out for themselves. Now they wanted to know the rest from Jeff Lane. But what could Jeff tell them? He had sent Baker to locate his missing step-brother in Caracas. When Baker cabled he had news, Jeff went to Venezuela himself. Now Baker was dead. And, a few days later, so was Lane’s step-brother. Jeff was struck b a sudden cold conviction. He was in a strange land, among strange people and up to his neck in murder. The search for a missing heir leads to two murders and too many suspects.

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Wake Up to Murder by Day Keene

Wake Up to Murder by Day Keene

What had he done? Jim took a quick shot of whiskey and stood eyeing the girl in the bed–She was all too real, too warm, and entirely too luscious–but last night was a blank–The answer came in 24 hours when Jim Charters, nice guy and home-loving type, went home to his wife to find himself the fugitive from a grisly game of death–a nightmare that had started with a “night on the town” and wound up with multiple murders!

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The Thrill Kids by Vin Packer

The Thrill Kids by Vin Packer


The Thrill Kids by Vin Packer A Classic Novel of Juvenile Delinquency from 1955. Four kids from decent homes, roaming the streets and looking for kicks. Four kids who–one lovely summer night–wandered into Central Park, first molested a girl, and then brutally murdered an old vagrant they found asleep in a gully there! Author of Spring Fire and Look Back to Love.

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The Hinges of Hell by Stewart Sterling

The Hinges of Hell by Stewart Sterling


Expect the unexpected? A hotel fire. A murdered million dollar heiress. A missing priceless sapphire. A pyromaniac newly-wed-husband-turned-widower. All the elements and the accompanying evidence point to an open-and-shut-case, but for some reason, seasoned Chief Fire Marshall Ben Pedley doesn’t think so. His investigation brings him in circles, but in the end he realizes the first place to go to is always the last place anyone ever looks!

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New Releases – Donald E. Westlake, Mack Reynolds, Vin Packer, Ed McBain http://www.brainplucker.com/new-releases-westlake-mack-reynolds-vin-packer-ed-mcbain/ Wed, 09 Sep 2009 23:30:14 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=440 A nice set of four new eBooks have just been released on Fictionwise and Amazon (for the Kindle). Lots of vintage Science Fiction and Mystery short stories and a Romance novel.

The Risk Profession by Donald E. Westlake

The Risk Profession by Donald E. Westlake

The Risk Profession by Donald E. Westlake

There are a thousand ways to die in the Asteroid Belt, but roving claims investigator Ged Stanton wants to be sure–was the death of Jafe McCann planned or accidental? He knows he has to move carefully on this, or he might end up being the next victim!

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Slow Djinn by Mack Reynolds

Slow Djinn by Mack Reynolds

Slow Djinn by Mack Reynolds

Jake O’Gara is quickly losing his movie writer touch, what with all the alcohol in his brain. But his big break finally comes in the form of a djinn. Or so he thinks….

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Look Back to Love by Vin Packer

Look Back to Love by Vin Packer

Look Back to Love by Vin Packer

Springtime in France, cruel in its beauty, tore them apart. Six people on a vacation in the hopes of redeeming their seemingly lost lives: Todd Phelps–the American newspaper columnist, whose drive for ambition has left him frustrated and discontent; Fran Phelps–his wife, who feels that having been married to Todd did not fulfill her dreams of marriage and family; Edward Allen–the aspiring writer, who believed that his detachment from humanity was because he is not capable of feeling love; Janet Carew–the mysterious Englishwoman, forever seeking what she believes to be love and somehow finding it; Henry Carew–her grotesque husband, outwardly appearing to enjoy his wife’s infidelity; and–Philip Carew–the lonely misguided son, who had a reason for his bizarre attachment to his mother. It drew Todd into a vortex of destructive, wanton passion–for another woman. It gave Fran a glimpse of the forbidden and terrible paths of desire. Then France, mistress of the world, taught them the deeper of meaning of love. Their relationships intertwine, and they will have to embrace these demons in order to survive! A novel poignant and searing, by Vin Packer, author of Spring Fire and Dark Intruders. This book was originally published as a Gold Medal paperback original in 195 3.


The Last Spin by Ed McBain

The Last Spin by Ed McBain

The Last Spin by Ed McBain

Edgar Award Winner

Two young men, one loaded gun, one simple mission. For Dave and Tigo, that was all there was to it. Yet in the end, they realize there is more to life, and friendship, than meets the eye. The question remains: Will they be convinced soon enough?


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Remaking a Vintage Romance Cover http://www.brainplucker.com/remaking-a-vintage-romance-cover/ Mon, 10 Aug 2009 22:13:12 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=82 There’s work and there’s fun. Doing covers for WPG (Wonder Publishing Group) is more the later. We’re publishing, as an eBook, a vintage romance novel by Vin Packer (AKA Marijane Meaker), called Look Back to Love. The book came out as a paperback original in 1953. Back when paperback originals were still a novelty. The cover wasn’t inspiring to me at first, but once I got it completed, I’m a bit more hip to it. Anywho, here’s the cover of the original; a photoshoped cleaned-up image; and the final cover (if I don’t tweak with it) for the WPG eBook, which will be out in two or three weeks.

The Original Gold Medal Paperback

The Original Gold Medal Paperback

The "cleaned" Photoshoped cover

The "cleaned" Photoshoped cover

Wonder Publishing Group eBook cover

Wonder Publishing Group eBook cover

It took me awhile to find the font I ended up using. I was thinking Romance should have something decorative (pretty, pretty). But I like this Balloon font. It reminds me of an old movie poster. Yes, me like retro!

Now available for the Kindle:

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