The fourth of six novels in Woolrich's 'Black' series, The Black Angel is one of only two published by the Crime Club. The other was The Black Path of Fear.
The Crime Club published first US editions of many popular British crime authors. Edgar Wallace is one of the best known.
"Two florists become kennel keepers with murder thrown in for good measure!" With jacket blurbs like that, no wonder the Crime Club was so popular.
Though not considered one of Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Famer A. Merrit's best, Creep, Shadow! has a fantastic cover.
Of Reilly's 33 Inspector Christopher McKee novels, 11 were published by the Crime Club.
David Frome was one of two pen names used by American author Zenith Jones Brown. Mrs. Brown also published as Leslie Ford in the UK.
"A Novel of Rum Racketeers" - one of the first mob novels, perhaps?
Murder in Miniatures was Merwin's first published novel. The American writer went on to write more mysteries and some science fiction. Using female pseudonyms, he even wrote a few romance novels.
Hildegarde Withers, Stuart's spinster schoolteacher/amateur sleuth, has been described as a more comic - and caustic - American version of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple.
This Stanton Forbes novel from 1971 is a great example of the Crime Club's later jacket designs.
The Crime Club was an imprint of Doubleday Publishing that specialised in adult crime fiction and mysteries. Populated with larger-than-life criminal masterminds, debonair detectives, and more than a few dames in distress, the books were extremely popular as pure, escapist entertainment.
Operating from 1928 until 1991, the Crime Club published an astounding 2,492 titles from both new and established authors, including Isaac Asimov, Patricia Highsmith, Ruth Rendell, Georgette Heyer, Cornell Woolrich, and Margery Allingham, among many more. The Crime Club may best be remembered for publishing the first U.S. editions of Leslie Charteris's The Saint series and the Fu Manchu series by Sax Rohmer.
Despite the name, the Crime Club didn't operate as a book club in the traditional sense. Of the several titles published every month, the Crime Club Jury would select that month's outstanding story. Members would receive the monthly selection a few days before it became available at bookshops or libraries but it was always of exactly the same quality - and that quality was extremely high. Crime Club books were known for high-grade paper and quality binding, with black cloth covers and blood-red text. The colour scheme was reversed for club members' monthly selections - red cloth covers and black text.
Collectors covet vintage Crime Club books not only for their content and their impressive list of authors, but also for their eye-catching dust jackets. Colourfully illustrated in styles ranging from Art Deco to surrealist, the dust jackets were designed by such notable names as Boris Artzybasheff, Andy Warhol, Vera Bock, Russell Patterson and Edward McNight Kauffer.
Aftermath of Murder
Alias Uncle Hugo
And Then Put Out the Light
Bells for the Dead
Casebook of the Black Widowers
The Christmas Tree Murders
Verdict of Twelve
Death Wears Pink Shoes
End of the Line
Fog on the Mountain
Four Lost Ladies
The Glass Cell
The Happy Highwayman
From Doon with Death
The Twittering Bird Mystery
The Mask of Fu Manchu
The Clever One