Sunday, May 26, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: RANSOM (1973)

April 24, 1973

by Jon Cleary
William Morrow & Company, 1973

This is third novel in the Australian mystery series by Jon Cleary (The Sundowners) featuring Sydney homicide detective Scobie Malone, following The High Commissioner (1966) and Helga's Web (1970). Rod Taylor played Scobie in THE HIGH COMMISSIONER (1968) and Jack Thompson played him in SCOBIE MALONE (1975), based on Helga's Web, but a major motion picture based on Ransom was never made.

Sunday, May 19, 2013


November 14, 1976

The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer
by Douglas C. Jones
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976

Douglas C. Jones' novel of alternate history became the NBC television movie (airdate: December 1, 1977) starring James Olson as General George A. Custer, Brian Keith as the defense attorney, Ken Howard as the prosecuting attorney, and Blythe Danner as Mrs. Custer.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: YEAR OF THE GOLDEN APE (1974)

October 20, 1974

Year of the Golden Ape
by Colin Forbes
[Raymond Harold Sawkins]
E.P. Dutton, 1974

Colin Forbes' 1977 novel Avalanche Express became the 1979 movie of the same name, but the major motion picture based on Year of the Golden Ape was never produced.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: A TOUGH ONE TO LOSE (1972)

October 1, 1972

A Tough One to Lose
by Tony Kenrick
Bobbs-Merrill, 1972

Tony Kenrick's novels Two for the Price of One and Faraday's Flowers became the major motion pictures NOBODY'S PERFEKT (1981) and SHANGHAI SURPRISE (1986), respectively, but the film adaptation of A Tough One to Lose was never produced.