Publisher: SRS Internet Publishing/Digital Vintage Pulps | Date published: 10/01/2010
A new revolution was underway at the start of the 1940s in America--a paperback revolution that would change the way publishers would produce and distribute books and the reading public would consume them. In 1939 a new publishing company--Pocket Books--stormed onto the scene with the publication of its first paperbound book. Unlike hardback books, these pulp paperbacks were available in drugstores, newsstands, bus and train stations, and cigar shops. The American public could not get enough of them. The popular pulp genres reflected the tastes of Americans during World War II--mysteries, "sleaze", thrillers, and "hardboiled detective" stories were all the rage.
In the early 1950s new pulp fiction subgenres emerged--science fiction, lesbian fiction, juvenile delinquent and "sleaze", for instance--that would tantalize readers with gritty, realistic and lurid stories never seen before. Publishers had come to realize that sex sells. In a competitive frenzy for readers, they tossed away their staid and straightforward cover images for alluring covers that frequently featured a sexy woman in some form of undress, along with a suggestive tag line that promised stories of sex and violence within the covers. Before long, vintage pulps with sensational covers had completely taken over the paperback racks and cash registers. To this day, the pulp cover art of these vintage paperback books are just as sought after as the books themselves were sixty years ago.
We are excited to make these wonderful pulp fiction stories available in ebook format to new generations of readers, as a new revolution--the ebook revolution--is in full swing. We hope you will enjoy this nostalgic look back at a period in American history when dames were dangerous, tough-guys were deadly and dolls were downright delicious.
About Lost Lady
For just the fraction of an instant, surprise held me motionless. Then I got slugged by a carload of biology. I forgot I was a cop, forgot that this was a girl from another league, forgot I was supposed to be looking for her missing sister--missing or murdered--forgot everything except that I was a man and she was a woman.
Detective Danny O'Leary is on the case to solve a disturbing murder--one of his most challenging cases to date. Set in Los Feliz, near the Hollywood Hills, O'Leary is up against a dangerous collection of shady characters and piles of money--some dirty, some not. He's smart and savvy, but O'Leary has one very big weakness--dames! And he's surrounded by them! Will he lose his head and his heart? Or will he solve the murder before more blood is shed? Author Octavus Roy Cohen brings us a colorful, sexy and suspenseful story.