Hmm... looks like it was four or five shots that did her in—tequila most likely.
Originally published in 1945 as The Dead Lie Still, William L. Stuart’s thriller Dead Ahead is about an ex-naval intelligence officer who after the war runs afoul of a gang of local thugs. The Ace edition here appeared in 1953 and the art is by Norman Saunders. It’s a double novel, and the other side is Day Keene’s Mrs. Homicide, also with Saunders art. Twice the vice, one easy price.
For better or worse, in sickness and health, women in pulp don’t have a heck of a lot of choice about it.
Pulp is a place where the men are decisive and the women are as light as feathers. We’ve gotten together a collection of paperback covers featuring women being spirited away to places unknown, usually unconscious, by men and things that are less than men. You have art from Harry Schaare, Saul Levine, Harry Barton, Alain Gourdon, aka Aslan, and others.
These guys are a couple of real cards.
You know, maybe we should both just go “all in.”
*snicker* Then we could try a different variety of “poker” altogether.
Yeah, we could both “play stud.” Heh heh.
Good idea. We’ll just “split the kitty.”
Bwahah. That’s funny. Wasn’t that funny, Kitty?
*whimper* I have to pee really ba—
Ahem, I’ll have a card, my good man.
An ace... well, someone’s showing a “high pair.” Heh heh…