Follow the suspenseful and high-seas adventure of Dixon, a down-and-out boat captain in south Florida. Having lost his own ship gambling, Dixon spends his days drowning his sorrows in drink. It’s a tough way to survive, though, so desperation forces Dixon to make a choice—return to the sea or drown in a tidal wave of decadence and despair. Against his better judgment, he signs on as captain of the Almacor—a ship and crew about which he knows nothing--and learns first-hand about danger and violence on the high seas.
They were off on a seaborne spree, men with nothing but money on their hands, women with nothing but uninhibited pleasure on their minds. Until, suddenly, horror struck. Only four remained alive, cast ashore on a deserted island in the loneliest backwaters of the Bahamas. Passions became terrors, and under the strain of the ordeal the most fierce emotions surged to the surface. And soon one of the four lay motionless on the beach, his life ebbing silently into the sands. And then two others were hunting each other in the underbrush like beasts—while the fourth over whom they were fighting, waited patiently to see which one would survive.
A new revolution was underway at the start of the 1940s in America—a paperback revolution that would change the way publishers would produce and distribute books and the reading public would consume them. In 1939 a new publishing company—Pocket Books—stormed onto the scene with the publication of its first paperbound book. Unlike hardback books, these pulp paperbacks were inexpensive and readily available everywhere. The American public could not get enough of them.
During the 1940s, mysteries and romances were the hot sellers. In the early 1950s, new pulp fiction subgenres emerged—science fiction, westerns, gay & lesbian fiction, juvenile delinquent and “sleaze”, for instance—that would tantalize readers with gritty, realistic and lurid stories never seen before. Publishers soon came to realize that sex sells. In a competitive frenzy for readers, they turned from straightforward "tasteful" cover images to alluring covers that frequently featured a sexy woman in some form of undress, along with a suggestive tag line that promised stories of sex and violence within the covers. To this day, the pulp cover art of these vintage paperback books is just as sought after as the books themselves were sixty years ago.
We are excited to make these wonderful pulp fiction stories available in ebook format to new generations of readers, as a new revolution—the ebook revolution—is in full swing. We hope you will enjoy this nostalgic look back at a period in American history when dames were dangerous, tough-guys were deadly and dolls were downright delicious.