The 1953 Popular Library edition included the following advertisement for other "Bestselling Popular Library Mysteries."
I think that the descriptions, short and direct, bring home the hard-boiled world:
Shakedown by Ben Kerr
Blackmail, a sizzling blonde--and murder.
(more on "Ben Kerr" coming soon)
Don't Crowd Me by Evan Hunter
The story of a woman who tempted one man too many.
Don't Get Caught by M. E. Chaber
Some women have everything--but a conscience.
|M. E. Chaber|
was one of the many pseudonyms of
Kendall Foster Crossen (1910-1981),
creator of the pulp hero Green Lama
She played with fire and got burned.
Velma's goal was every man in town.
Blondes Die Young by Bill Peters
Dames, derelicts, dope--and death.
All the Way Down by M. E. Chaber
His mission was dangerous--hers was amorous.
Kiss Me Hard by Tom Brandt
He was on the run--she was on the make.
Booze, babes, cigs and couches--looks like they all get a lot of action! If anyone out there has read any of these books, I would love to hear about it.
And I know the stunning ladies on the covers naturally get most of the attention, but surely we would be remiss if we neglected to commend the gentlemen for color matching their blue ties and blue socks. Dames notice these things.