1961-1969 PAPERBACK ORIGINALS
Books was also using another Dannay-Lee byline, Barnaby Ross, during the
years the 15 titles came out.
Around 1961 they started farming out their work. Not only they rekindled their work for the Ellery Queen Junior series but they also started farming out "paperback originals". While under the Ellery Queen heading these ghostwritten novels were detectives of sorts the Barnaby Ross monicker stood for pseudo-historical stories each set in another historical timeframe. They had nothing to do with the Drury Lane novels of 1932-33. Don Tracy, who frequently published such 'pulp' under his own name, wrote six paperback historical novels. All are harder to find and of the same quality as the non-Queen novels.
At eleven he was the leader of a gang of child thieves in teeming fifteenth-century Naples. Without scruples, he had already set his goals. There were only two kinds of people--those at the top who could reach down to give him a hand up, and those at the bottom who were convenient stepping stones. Both kinds he understood perfectly. But neither understood him--until it was too late!"
Historical novel of 15th century Naples, Italy. The story of an 11 year old boy from the slums and what all he did to achieve a life of luxury. (Click on the cover to read more...)
Myrrha was silent except for an occasional obscenity directed at poor Limon as we staggered to their apartment and into the bedroom where we let our sodden burden fall onto the wide couch. She was silent, too, as she turned to face me, then reached up to unfasten the pin that held her chiton and undergarments. They fell in a pool at her feet.
Set in ancient Greece circa 394 B.C. where Thamus, a smart teenage scholar with a deformed foot lives on the island of Gyarus. His old teacher Lysis is an exiled wiseman who has has been writing some serious prophecies onto scrolls which only ... (Click on the cover to read more...)
he Duke of Chaos (April 1964)
Wallenstein was a military genius, though for most of his life
fate conspired against his career. Convinced that his future had been ordained by the
stars, he employed as a personal astrologer a charlatan who was secretly in the pay of his
worst enemies. He sought women, or perhaps it was the other way around, in much the same way that he
sought martial glory. But he had an absolute genius for choosing the wrong ones.
trange Kinship (August 1965)
A wounded Confederate Officer comes from war to a time of
violence and horror. I walked every step of the way, wounded leg and all.
For some the fall of Vicksburg was merely another in a long series of
reversals, but for me it was the end of a senseless struggle that had
forever soured me on the glories of even a gallant war.
he Cree From Minataree (December 1965)
Five men deep in the wilderness. Behind them lay what
civilization there was to be found in New France. Ahead, though only one of them was aware
of it, lurked one of the most bloodthirsty tribes in all of the Great Lakes area. Their
mission was to chart and explore unknown territory -- and only four would return. Who
would be left behind?
The Passionate Queen: Margaret Of Anjou. The novel of a determined woman's fierce struggle to
protect the crown of England.
cott Meredith’s deal
with Pocket Books had run its course, he moved the ghosted Queens to two
other publishers at the same time.
Popular Library contracted to publish a new series (1966-1968) with continuing characters and Dell taking over the non-series titles along the lines of the original fifteen... apparently without much success, for the line was dropped after three titles the last one Kiss and Kill (1969) overlapping the contract with Popular Library ...
osers, Weepers (July 1966)
One hundred thousand dollar misunderstanding. Some men retire one a hundred grand - or buy their wives mink coats with days of the week sewn in the lining... or fly to Rio for a good cup of coffee - but not Jim Morgan. Jim had a hundred thousand all right - neatly packed in stacks of fifties - only someone had made an expensive mistake. A mistake that put him on the run for his money - as well as his life...
Ghost-written by Richard Deming. (Click on the cover to read more...)hoot the Scene (November 1966)
Joe Maddox was one of moviedom's
The nice mild man named Edward Tollman had a problem. His lovely wife was missing, and he wanted her back -- fast. So he went to a fellow whose specialty was solving problems like that -- a very private detective called Barney Burgess. But after four quick corpses, a wild ride to Mexico, and a blonde sex bomb who threatened to blow the case wide open at the first wrong move, Barney began to wonder how such a nice guy got him into something this nasty....
Ghostwritten by Charles W. Runyon . (Click on the cover to read more...)