Martin Thomas - Date With Danger (Sexton Blake Library # 459: Sept. 1960)
"The glamorous Beulah de Courcey erupted into the world of Big Business - but murder stalked in her wake!"
Sadly, no fantastic face-pulling action-photo's accompany either Date With Danger or Arthur Kirby's High Summer Homicide but the former includes this portrait of Martin Thomas.
it's highly unlikely that these crime capers will replace the 'Peter Saxon' supernatural horror novels in my affections, but they look like they're going to be fun.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
look at that expression! bill lofts always described martin thomas as a gloomy man, and boy does he look it! he's quite good at hardboiled gangster stuff as he started during the mushroom jungle period, writing paperbacks that purported to be US imports writen by genuine jim thompson styled noir writers. if you haven't read steve holland's book, published by zardoz, you must - it fills in the background to brit pulp with masses of detail. lots of the mushroom hacks went on to write all kinds of genre paperbacks int he 60's and 70's.