Book List in Order: 37 titles

  • What starts as a straightforward case of rich man's wife being blackmailed by ex-lover quickly turns into a matter of life and, more probably, death for cynical private eye, Mark Preston. How much does the gorgeous Ellen Ralph really know? Is he bein...


  • An offer of a quarter of a million pounds for a day's work, attracts mercenary Philip Baxter, but leads him to distrust his new employers, who plan on stealing gold bullion from a riverfront warehouse...


  • Dexter Hadley hired Mark Preston to investigate his wife's behavior, but was murdered before Preston could begin. Hadley's employers then wanted Preston to look into some shenanigans at their tractor plant. A client claimed that a model had been deli...


  • Smog delayed Flight 147, and so prevented a bomb exploding in mid-air. Walter Keane was one of those rescued, but he found that during the crisis he had been robbed of his jewel-bag. Mark Preston was hired to locate the missing gems without involving...


  • When tycoon Thaddeus Rockwood celebrated his wedding anniversary, he screened a movie record of the wedding, along with a choice piece of pornography. The petty thief who stole the guests' valuables meant to take the blue movie, but lifted the weddin...


  • Wealthy Gene Armstrong called in Mark Preston to recover antique Chinese pottery. He was promised five thousand dollars by Armstrong and half promised other things by Armstrong's new wife, silky dragon lady Roxanne. Nobody mentioned murder and genera...


  • It was bad luck for Mark Preston when he found Benny Hall murdered. Benny was Family, and dangerous people were involved. Hired by one faction and under threat from another, Preston found himself in a twilit world of blue movies and child prostitutes...


  • The briefcase Mark Preston had to deliver was likely to explode. For five thousand dollars a man expects certain risks, and international financier Stavros Kurti paid for results, not excuses. So, when Preston lost the briefcase, he knew he was in bi...


  • Mark Preston took the case reluctantly. The verdict on Honoria Lockhart was accidental death and no one had any reason to murder her. An elderly woman of modest means, she lived quietly, concentrating on her hobby of copying old manuscripts. Preston ...






  • The tiny man with the shifty eyes was named Jumbo Cousins. He wanted to revive the three-year-old New York kidnapping and murder of millionaire Alfred Grassman and his girl friend Lynda Peters. He also wanted the quarter-million-dollar reward. Mark P...


  • The bundle of dynamite that erupted into Mark Preston's office called herself Abigail H. O'Hagan the First. She was anxious to trace Joseph P. McEvoy, who had decamped with her wealthy father's company payroll. Preston found himself asking questions ...


  • Wealthy Edith Forster summoned Mark Preston and asked him to check on her husband's business movements. The assignment seemed routine, but things took quite a different turn when Forster was brutally murdered. Preston couldn't explain his presence cl...


  • The murder of Napoleon Scotsman the Fourth brought Mark Preston to Isobel's Towers. There he met the Towers girls, including the gunslinging lady known as Bill...Old Uncle Tommy had been kidnapped - with his jewellery - for a ransom of $100,000. Unfo...


  • Millionaire Bernard Rivers hired a private detective when a vengeful madwoman threatened to burn down his magnificent home. Rivers didn't care about his house but he did care about the picture inside, for it was the sole reminder of his beautiful wif...



  • Heather Dentman had written love letters which fell into the wrong hands, and now she was being blackmailed. She wasn't afraid of her husband, but of her strait-laced mother-in-law Cecile, who would tighten the purse-strings if she found out. Mark P...


  • Someone filled Rick Donovan with booze and turned him loose on an eight-lane freeway. Mark Preston began asking questions around the small clubs and jazz-cellars. There were night-people involved - including a trumpet-player with the name of Sonny Gu...


  • The Redbourne jewels had been missing for two years. Silky Sam Willard wanted Mark Preston to locate them, sharing the reward. But people interfered - hard-faced people, like Marco, the cigar-butt specialist, Henny the shotgun artist, and Mr. Laurent...


  • The shooting of Jim Vernon was a professional job, and that should have kept Preston out - but there was money missing, and maybe something else, that kept him in. So did Marcia, the curvy widow. More people were dying, and Randall of Homicide was fi...






  • Written by Peter Chambers. When American Private Investigator Mark Preston had been sent to find a wealthy missing girl he thought it would take a long time, but he got lucky fast. Then his luck started to run out with shady characters around like Ba...


  • Mark Preston was minding his own business in a bar when newspaperman Steiner called him, wanting a few enquiries made. Preston obliged, but was soon being threatened, beaten up, and finally dragged out of bed as a murder suspect. Rourke of Homicide c...


  • A name like Poetry Brookman seemed trouble enough for one man, but Brookman also owed money to bookie Jake Martello, until somebody ended his misery one dark night. Martello hired Mark Preston to look into it, and he ran into some odd people. He pref...


  • Hired to find a concerned family's missing son, Mark Preston got slugged on the head, giving someone the opportunity to stick a knife into gambler Manny Glazer. The organization sent men from Nevada with orders to buy Manny's Casino, or burn it down....


  • Anthea Horan was a country girl who left for the bright lights fourteen years earlier. Mark Preston was given the hopeless task of tracing her, and found himself on an involved and twisted trail. He preferred to investigate delectable Louise Peters, ...


  • Lovely Mona Stanford had a lot of unexplained money, and her husband hired Mark Preston to get it explained. Preston soon found himself in the rundown city of Forbesville, where they welcomed strangers at gun-point. Mayor Clegg seemed to be in the po...


  • Out at Palmtrees Racetrack, the little man in the noisy clothes wanted Mark Preston. All Preston wanted was revenge on the bookies. He got busy with that, somebody else got busy shoving an ice-pick in the little man. People began to crawl from holes....


  • In five centuries, Seldon's Gold had travelled far. Kings and cut-throats, freemen and freebooters, all had chased it. Toots McKern definitely had an ancient coin in his pocket when they fished him from the bay. A wealthy collector hired Mark Preston...


  • Marty Sawyer operated some sweet rackets from the Sunny Side Club. When he bled to death in a cheap rooming house, the police charged a small-timer called Second Storey Schuster, who'd been threatening the dead hoodlum. Schuster hired Preston to get ...


  • Mark Preston was hired to trace General Hudson's grandson, but the case took a twist when he found there were stolen paintings involved. Preston knew little about art, but he did know people, especially those like Quake who had the disposition of a r...






  • Mark Preston reluctantly agreed to investigate the death of a junked-up kid who killed himself joyriding. When Preston found wealthy Albert Augustin's dead body, he also found Avis, the new widow who did her mourning in a bikini. Then there was the c...


  • Nobody had thought about the Hogan baby snatch for twenty years. Neither the child nor the ransom money was ever seen again. Then Slip Cahoon, a long-term model prisoner, suddenly broke jail and people began to die. Mark Preston became involved when ...


  • When blackmailer Perry Sloan was murdered, nobody in Hollywood wept; not even Mark Preston, although the police found him with the corpse. Preston wandered through a world of odd characters like Panama Hat, and Lovely Lina, who might know something, ...


  • Somebody had taken a shot at TV disc-jockey Donny Jingle and had tried to poison his food. Mark Preston was being paid to keep him alive, and when the news of Jingle's murder broke it did nothing for the private eye's ego. Everybody seemed more scare...


  • Jeannie Benson was a sweet and lovely girl who suddenly disappeared from Vale City. Six months later she was found on a mortuary slab in Monkton City. But now she was Ruby Capone, a cheap bar pick-up. Boss of the rackets, Benito, gave Mark Preston ...


  • When gorgeous Juanita Morales arrived in Monkton City looking for bright lights and glamour, she found herself mixed up in an elaborate racket and finally murder...Mark Preston didn't mind so long as women like Dixie Whitton and Sylvia Le Fay kept cr...


  • If redhead Cheryl Vickers thought she could blackmail a prominent industrialist like Benedict Van Huizen, she was mistaken. Mark Preston was called in, and he soon found himself dealing with double murder. As usual, the dames complicated everything. ...


  • When private eye Mark Preston was hired to chase an amorous musician away from teenage heiress Ellen Chase, it sounded simple. But within twenty-four hours he was beaten up and made the number one suspect in a case of murder. He was also in trouble w...