Book List in Order: 27 titles

  • Mission of Fear, first published in 1962, is a novel by master crime fiction author George Harmon Coxe. From the dust-jacket: Sam Adler appeared one afternoon at Marion Hayden’s door trying for the big pay-off—Blackmail. The next day he w...


  • Trouble struck the schooner Griselda at 9:40 on an April evening. It was not the fault of the weather or the sea or the soundness of her hull. The trouble was human. A woman. Her name was Julia Parks, though in the beginning she insisted it was Lambe...


  • LOVED TO DEATH! Actually, she hadn't been worth getting involved with. Yet, the fact remained that a lot of men had. And one of them had been more involved than anyone could know. A cozy, one-bedroom apartment and an engraved anniversary present put ...


  • The Big Gamble It had started out as a normal weekend for Kent Murdock. A drive to the coast, a late dinner, a round of golf in the morning. But when he’s stopped for a traffic accident, his instincts kick in and he takes pictures. Nothing out of t...


  • While taking pictures at a society wedding, Kent Murdock stumbles upon a murder Every society family has skeletons in its closets, but only the Cannings have a fresh corpse. Kent Murdock finds the dead man while taking pictures at the wedding of P...


  • Hungry for work, an ex-air force pilot takes a deadly assignment in Manila Despite three years of exemplary service flying for his country in the South Pacific, Spence Rankin can’t find work. He’s losing a bar fight when his old friend Ulio Ka...


  • A couple of small favors land Flash Casey in a dangerous mess Flash Casey should know better than to take a roll of film from a desperate man. Stopping for a drink on his way home from work, a fellow news photographer gives him a canister to safeg...


  • Doing a favor for an old friend gets Kent Murdock involved in a murder Newspaper photographer Kent Murdock goes to Union City for the sake of Helen Farnsley, an old friend whose marriage is in trouble. Long ago he warned her against marrying Lee, ...


  • Trying to help a model, a fashion photographer exposes a sinister plot The photo in Fashion Parade galls Jerry Nason. It’s not the picture itself -- an ordinary shot showing off a slim, Spanish-inspired dress and a few pieces of jewelry. It’s ...






  • An old friend of Kent Murdock’s is murdered, leaving him to take the fall It’s been two years since Kent Murdock saw Sheila, and it only takes a few minutes to remember her flaws. While the Boston newspaper photographer was away fighting in t...


  • One of Kent’s pictures holds the secret to a wealthy man’s death No one has seen titan of industry John Caldwell for nine years when he hires Kent Murdock to take his picture. Caldwell is preparing a landmark announcement, and wants Boston’s...


  • Hoodlums steal a worthless painting, and Kent Murdock wants to know why A collection of valuable Italian paintings finds its way to Boston, placed in the care of Professor Andrade. Before passing them to a museum, the professor hires newspaper pho...


  • Smuggling leads to murder, with Kent Murdock caught in the middle When the Kemnora, a stately liner on her maiden voyage, docks in Boston, Kent Murdock is there to cover the story. He’s joined by Harry Felton, a reporter and one-time foreign cor...


  • An amateur appraiser gets trapped in a chaotic diamond deal After years trying to make their fortunes in the Guyanese diamond trade, Barry Dawson and Colin Lambert have crossed paths once too often. The last time Lambert hired Barry as an appraise...


  • To steal a Caribbean inheritance, an American impersonates a prodigal son Though his name is Duncan Ward, he lands in Barbados with a passport reading “Jim MacQuade.” The MacQuade family meets him at the airport with open arms, welcoming home ...


  • A lawyer travels to Barbados to protect an old friend from a swindle David Payne is only twelve hours from vacation when he gets the fateful summons. Professor John Alison, David’s mentor and most prominent client, needs him to go to Barbados --...


  • Trying to help a wronged inventor, a friend of Casey’s ends up murdered The last thing Flash Casey needs is an apprentice. Turned down by the army because of a bum knee, he agrees to teach a twice-weekly photography class for the American Women...


  • A routine assignment gets a PI killed, and Kent Murdock dives into the case A thirty-eight year veteran of the Boston police force, Tom Brady has recently retired, and is beginning a new life as a private investigator. Struggling to make ends meet...


  • His job was to protect a friend from suicide, but he didn’t count on murder After a car crash takes his daughter’s life, John Gannon doesn’t want to live anymore. He tries twice to kill himself -- first by jumping, next with pills -- but doe...






  • Flash Casey snaps a photo that holds the key to a corrupt lawyer's murder Casey shouldn't have had to go back for more pictures of Stanford Endicott. He was at the court with the other newspaper photographers when the wealthy lawyer was arraigned, an...


  • A marina owner gets caught up in a murder investigation The girl in the water is unfamiliar to Don MacLaren. This is odd since, as the owner of the island’s only boat dock, he knows everyone who steps foot on the small spit of land. He hoists th...


  • A reporter is drawn into a German refugee’s story of conspiracy The photo contest is an ancient circulation gimmick. Each day, the Morning Bulletin publishes a candid photo of one of Boston’s citizenry, offering a cash reward if they see thems...


  • A wealthy psychopath threatens the life of an innocent young man The note comes during Barry Sanford’s dinner. It’s to the point, explaining succinctly that very soon, Barry is going to die. Though the note is unsigned, Barry knows that it com...


  • A jilted lover finds himself implicated in a murder When John Holland proposed to his girlfriend, Tracy, she imposed a 31-day waiting period before they could see each other again. It's day 30, and Holland travels to her Long Island home for their r...



  • FOLEY, THE RED-FACED, uniformed deputy on duty in the hall, peeked through one of the glass ovals inset in the leather-covered courtroom doors and said:      Hey, the jury's comin, out!     A concentrated ...