Vintage Fiction – 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 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 – Lawrence Block, Theodore Sturgeon, Ross Macdonald http://www.brainplucker.com/new-releases-lawrence-block-theodore-sturgeon-ross-macdonald/ Wed, 19 May 2010 17:29:01 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=1332 Very nice selection of releases from Wonder Publishing Group for this week. Check them out.

Death Pulls A Doublecross by Lawrence Block

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Death Pulls a Doublecross by Lawrence Block

Death Pulls a Doublecross by Lawrence Block

She was a beautiful girl with a talent for two-timing: she led two lives, tormented two men–but the one thing she couldn’t doublecross was murder! I’m Ed London, PH. D.–PHILANDERER IN DANGER Nailing killers is my racket But hiding their victims’ corpses, from the law? Better conjure up Houdini, buddy, I’m not the man you want. That’s what I should have sai. But I’ve got a heart as big as a bawdy house. When I saw my sister’s marriage going up in smoke because her husband’s extramarital flame got murdered, I decided to stick my neck out and plant the body so it couldn’t be traced to him. That’s when the fur began to fly–and so, in fact, did the bullets. First the girl had been leading a double life. Second, she had pulled a neat little doublecross that left me holding the bag–a bag with the keys to a priceless fortune and up for grabs to every hood in town. Also published under the title Coward’s Kiss.

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Beware the Fury by Theodore Sturgeon

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Beware the Fury by Theodore Sturgeon

Beware the Fury by Theodore Sturgeon

Meet Wolf Reger–traitor. Compared to him Benedict Arnold was a national hero and Judas Iscariot a paragon of virtue. At least that’s the way it showed in the Major’s notes?. But traitors aren’t born that way. Something has to happen to them long before they turn against society. That’s why, when you dig deep enough, you may find that the word traitor can be one hell of a misnomer!

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Midnight Blue by Ross Macdonald

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Midnight Blue

Midnight Blue by Ross Macdonald

Lew Archer was out for a little target practice. Just a deserted old estate in the canyon where Archer could get away from the Hollywood rat race and sharpen his shooting skills down in the meadow. But he found two things there he wasn’t expecting. One was a crazy old vagrant that had set up in dilapidated gatehouse. And two was a glittering red object on the ground. It was a red enameled fingernail that just happens to still be attached to its owner. A young blonde who was strangled, buried and very much dead. Now Lew Archer’s chance to get away from it all, just got away. And the wild old vagrant has decided to runaway too!

 

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New Release – 3 eBook Novels, 3 Genres http://www.brainplucker.com/new-release-3-ebook-novels-3-genres/ Tue, 11 May 2010 15:48:28 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=1303 Three new eBook releases from my company, Wonder Publishing Group. One Science Fiction, one mystery, and one romance. What more could you want?

The Tomorrow People by Judith Merril

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The Tomorrow People by Judith Merril

There was something on Mars that killed people! One expedition vanished without a trace. Out of another, only one man came back. That was Johnny Wendt–the only man who had seen Mars and lived. His knowledge could be decisive in the desperate East-West race for Space. But Johnny didn’t know what it was that made Mars a death-trap, and he didn’t know that he’d brought it back with him! First published in 1960.

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Bodies in Bedlam by Richard S. Prather

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Bodies in Bedlam by Richard S. Prather

Shell Scott was up to his neck in guns, girls and gore. Constanza Carmocha was unarmed–that is, she didn’t have a gun. She didn’t need one, either. She had all the weapons that have ruined men from time immemorial–or time immoral. One man had had his throat slit because of her, another was going to die. She was surrounded by a guy who resembled a shaved ape and looked as though he could pick himself up with one hand. But the hand isn’t always quicker than the private eye, and as sure as my name’s Shell Scott, I’ll get to the bottom of this affair with the deadly dame.

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Woman of Fire by Peggy Gaddis

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Woman of Fire by Peggy Gaddis

It was after ten when she and Clem left the party … He said, a trifle thickly, “Where to? I haven’t any idea where you live. ” Viola slid close to him and lifted her face until her lips were against his ear. She spoke straight from her wildly beating heart, “Take me home with you. Please–please take me home with you”. His arms encircled her … “Sure, why not? Why the devil not? ” He leaned forward, gave the taxi-driver his address and turned to pull Viola’s trembling body hard against him. He covered her lips with his … Viola Barton thought that she could throw away her heart, deny her son his true father, and make a life for herself without the ecstasy of a young man’s love. She married Eugene, old and dying and passionless … and then found that there are wellsprings in a woman’s soul which cannot be stifled or denied There was room in her thoughts only for Clem … here beside her …

 

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New Releases – Delany, Ward Moore, Luke Short and more! http://www.brainplucker.com/new-releases-delany-ward-moore-luke-short-and-more/ Wed, 27 Jan 2010 02:23:42 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=1004 I mentioned our goal of 100 eBook releases for 2010. Well here’s Wonder Publishing Group first entry for the year, and it’s a good one.

The Jewels of Aptor [MultiFormat]
eBook by Samuel R. Delany

The Jewels of Aptor by Samuel R. Delaney

The Jewels of Aptor by Samuel R. Delaney

QUEST AMID FUTURITY’S RUINS What was the strange impetus that drove a group of four widely different humans to embark on a fear-filled journey across a forbidden sea to a legendary land? This was Earth still, but the Earth of a future terribly changed after a planet-searing disaster, a planet of weird cults, mutated beasts, and people who were not always entirely human. As for the four who made up that questing party, they included a woman who was either a goddess, a witch, or both, a four-armed boy whose humanity was open to question, and two more men with equally “wild” talents. The story of their voyage, of the power-wielding “jewels” they sought, of the atomic and post-atomic terrors they encountered, is a remarkable science-fiction Odyssey of the days to come.

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Bold Rider [MultiFormat]
eBook by Luke Short

Bold Rider by Luke Short

Bold Rider by Luke Short

Getting the gold was easy–as easy as riding his horse up that mountain. But getting down again was another story. Set up by his partner, ambushed by his ally, left for dead in an avalanche, Poco St. Vrain had a long trail ahead. He had to recover the gold and clear his name. To do that meant tracking down not one gang of desperadoes but two. It would take a good horse, a fast gun, and the steady nerve of a … BOLD RIDER!

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A Matter of Faith [MultiFormat]
eBook by Robert A.W. Lowndes

A Matter of Faith by Robert W. Lowndes

A Matter of Faith by Robert W. Lowndes

Among an infinite multitude of worlds, almost any type of culture is possible. But all science requires that cause and effect be related. To the fellahin culture of the worlds of Ein, no real science was possible. There was only the will of Ein. Yet Dondyke found that both their religion and their peculiar science could be horribly effective!

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Skip A Beat [MultiFormat]
eBook by Henry Kane

Skip a Beat by Henry Kane

Skip a Beat by Henry Kane

One of the great men of the country, Adam Woodward, has just hired Peter Chambers to be his bodyguard. Woodward, a famous newspaper columnist, is about to expose someone as a Communist. But before can start to do his job, Woodward is gunned down in the street. And Chambers is the only witness to the murder. The solution to Woodward’s murder was carefully written down–but Woodward had hidden it where Peter Chambers couldn’t find it. A Peter Chambers mystery by Noir Master, Henry Kane.

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Bodyguard and Other Stories [MultiFormat]
eBook by Evelyn Smith

Bodyguard and Other Stories by Evelyn E. Smith

Bodyguard and Other Stories by Evelyn E. Smith

Gabe Lockard had it all–a beautiful wife, lots of money, social connections, and most of all, a great face in a great body. Only problem was, inside that body wasn’t Gabe Lockard. The real Gabe Lockard was a wanderer, a dutchman–a zarquil addict, who regularly plays the galaxy’s most dangerous tournament just to be encased in another man’s anatomy. But even that was a lie. For the truth was that Gabe Lockard wanted his body back. He followed it to the ends of the earth and outer space, playing zarquil to exchange dying bodies for new ones, just so he can make sure no harm comes to it. And so that, when the right moment comes, he can maneuver the impostor into joining him for another deadly game– Also contains the stories, BODYGUARD, MAN’S BEST FRIEND, WOMAN’S TOUCH, THE MAN OUTSIDE, ONCE A GREECH, TERAGRAM

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Transient [MultiFormat]
eBook by Ward Moore

Transient by Ward Moore

Transient by Ward Moore

How does one react when he’s been to hell and back–and doesn’t even know it? Governor Almon Lampley doesn’t know what’s going on. It started out as an innocent business trip, but when he decides to spend the rest of the day–and night–in an out-of-the-way hotel, things begin to go horribly wrong. While it’s almost always true that nothing is always as it seems, Lampley is finding it extremely difficult to separate truth from reality in this kind of place!

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