[Free eBook] Tale from Tangier by Mack Reynolds [Vintage Pulp Crime Short]

Tale from Tangier by the late Mack Reynolds, a prolific multi-genre author who was the first to write an officially licensed Star Trek tie-in novel, is a standalone vintage pulp crime adventure short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in the March 1951 issue of Mike Shane Mystery Magazine and is one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage mystery/pulp fiction reprints.

The story is set in Tangier, Morocco, pitting criminals against criminals as a group of retired expat smugglers and conmen find themselves threatened by the ambitions of newcomers whose plans for a major heist will upset their comfortable status quo with the local authorities.

Offered worldwide through July 30th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Girl Friend by Mack Reynolds [Vintage Pulp Mystery/Crime]

Girl Friend by the late Mack Reynolds, a prolific multi-genre author who was the first to write an officially licensed Star Trek tie-in novel, is a standalone pulp mystery/crime short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1957 in the September issue of Manhunt magazine using the pseudonym Mark Mallory and is one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp/crime fiction reprints.

The story relates the aftermath of a detective investigation into a crime committed by a high school student.

Offered worldwide through July 23rd (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Mind the Posies by Talmage Powell [Vintage Mystery/Suspense]

Mind the Posies by the late Talmage Powell, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone vintage pulp mystery/suspense thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1965 in the June issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and is being offered by Wildside as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime reprints.

The story stars a woman who receives an anonymous tip regarding her husband’s activities, from a source whose intentions might not be as benevolent as they pretend.

Offered worldwide through July 16th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Thubway Tham Goes to the Races by Johnston McCulley [Vintage Pulp Crime Mystery]

Thubway Tham Goes to the Races by the late Johnston McCulley, a novelist and screenplay writer who created the iconic character Zorro, is the self-contained short story in the Thubway Tham series of vintage pulp mystery/crime adventure thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1921 in Detective Story Magazine under the title “Thubway Tham Goeth To The Ratheth”, and is one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Club for vintage pulp/mystery reprints.

The series stars a good-hearted trickster pickpocket with a lisp, who works in the subways of New York and often targets deserving criminals while attempting to outwit the cops assigned to his case. This adventure sees him taking refuge at a horseracing track while eluding Detective Craddock, and teaching a lesson to the swindlers he finds there.

Offered worldwide through July 2nd (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Faster She Runs by Robert Colby [1960s Pulp Mystery/Thriller]

The Faster She Runs by the late Robert Colby, a notable pulp fiction author, is a standalone vintage mystery/crime thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1963 by Monarch, and is one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaway promos to help boost their Black Cat Mystery Club for vintage pulp/crime fiction reprints.

The story is very briefly blurbed as the tale of a thrill-seeking woman who comes across possibly more violence and danger than she can handle.

Offered worldwide through June 12th, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Murder Money by Jay Bennett [Vintage Crime Thriller]

Murder Money by the late Jay Bennett, a two-time winner of the Edgar Award, is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1963 by Crest and is one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly free giveaways, meant to promote their “Black Cat Mystery Club” for vintage mystery/crime reprints.

The story stars an impoverished and down-on-his-luck fighter who stumbles across a briefcase full of money which he hopes will be the saving of him, which causes even more problems as the bills turn out to be not as untraceable as he believed.

Offered worldwide through June 4th, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Un-Dressed to Kill by Richard Deming [1960s Mystery/Crime Thriller]

Un-Dressed to Kill by the late Richard Deming is a vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller short novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This is their weekly free selection, meant to promote their Black Cat Mystery Community ebook club, and was originally published in the June 1963 issue of Men’s Magazine.

The story stars a night club owner who finds that his newest employee is harbouring a secret that might get her killed, and him as well.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through May 14th, available directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone [Comedic Pulp Espionage Mystery]

Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone is the 21st novel in his Ed Noon series of vintage pulp mystery/crime thrillers with comedic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.

This was originally published in 1971 by Signet. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.

This case is a nautical adventure on the spy thriller side, seeing the P.I. take on an assignment from the US President, looking into sinister goings-on involving submarines in the Bermuda Triangle, and a story-within-a-story which leads him to uncover a top secret plot.

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[Free eBook] Hell Hath No Fury by Sydney J. Bounds [Vintage Mystery/Crime Thriller]

Hell Hath No Fury by the late English author Sydney J. Bounds is his vintage pulp noir-styled mystery/crime thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1951 by John Spencer under the Rex Marlowe pseudonym.

The story stars a San Francisco P.I. who is hired to find a woman’s missing daughter, who has gotten involved with a dangerously unsavoury man who frames her for murder, in return for which she seeks not justice, but revenge, even as the P.I. tries to keep them both alive while figuring out exactly why the “killer” and victim were both targeted by the culprit.

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[Free eBook] Wreath for a Lady by John Glasby [Vintage Murder Mystery/Crime Thriller]

Wreath for a Lady by the late British author John Glasby is his vintage standalone pulp murder mystery/crime thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1959 by John Spencer & Co using the pseudonym Max Baroni and was later reprinted by Linford as part of its Linford Mystery Library line.

The story is set at a carnival, and stars an investigator looking into peculiar happenings which he thinks are a straightforward scheme to put the owner out of business, but soon escalate into an unexpected murder which puts the investigator at risk as well, as the unknown culprit targets him for seeming to know too much even as he tries to discover who it really is, with his own life at stake.

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The fun times are over…

Mike Torlin takes on the job of investigating the peculiar happenings at Pete Donati’s carnival ground.

He figures it must be a straight forward case of somebody wanting to put Donati out of business, but through multiple strange occurrences, he soon realises it’s going to take a lot more work to uncover the truth…

In the final act on stage, a peculiar chicken is produced out of an egg, when a dead girl, shot with slugs from her own shooting gallery is revealed instead.

The investigation is intensified when Torlin gets targeted twice and it is made clear that somebody must think he knows too much.

Whilst trying to save himself, discover the murderer and prevent anymore killings, Torlin is at high risk, feeling no closer to the truth.

Things are made even more difficult to understand when his attempted killer is revealed and it was not on his list of suspects…

It seems that no killer can sidetrack Torlin for long however, and when the final showdown comes, he is forced to stand his ground and face up to the killer…