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N 13 B 9.1K C 0 E Dec 18, 2012 F Dec 18, 2012
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Tereska Torres - Women's Barracks
Gold Medal Books 132, 1951
Cover Artist: Baryé Phillips

Originally published in 1950, this account of life among female Free French soldiers in a London barracks during World War II sold four million copies in the United States alone, and many more millions worldwide. Women's Barracks is based on the real-life experiences of the author, Tereska Torres, who escaped from occupied France, arrived as a refugee in London, and joined other exiled Frenchwomen enlisting in Charles DeGaulle’s army, then stationed in Britain awaiting an invasion of their homeland by Allied forces.

But Women’s Barracks is no ordinary war story. The grim setting of an urban military barracks—with its freezing dorms, rationed food, and unbecoming regulation underwear—became the setting for one of the steamiest novels of its time. Leaving “normal” civilian life behind, the women enter an all-female realm, where passionate attachments soon form—between older experienced women and young innocents, between butch officer types and their femme subordinates. And for those with more traditional leanings, there was a city full of soldiers to be had—sometimes two or three at a time.

Despite a tone that is frank rather than lurid, Women’s Barracks was banned for obscenity in several states. It was also denounced by the House Select Committee on Current Pornographic Materials in 1952 as an example of how the paperback industry was “promoting moral degeneracy”; not one of the committee members could even bring himself to read the offending passages aloud for the Congressional record.

But the novel became a record-breaking bestseller, and inspired a whole new genre: lesbian pulp.

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N 13 B 5.1K C 3 E Apr 24, 2013 F Apr 24, 2013
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Richard Marsten - Murder in the Navy
Gold Medal Books 507, 1955
Cover Artist: Clark Hulings

Richard Marsten was a pseudonym of Evan Hunter - so, it's no wonder he calls it superb.

Reissued by Perma Books in 1964 as "Death of a Nurse" by Ed McBain:


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N 4 B 2.1K C 0 E Dec 27, 2010 F Dec 27, 2010
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William Guinn - Death Lies Deep
Gold Medal Books 503, 1955
Cover Artist: Lu Kimmel

"He almost had them – the gold and the girl – then murder staked a claim."

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Richard S. Prather - Way of a Wanton
Gold Medal Books 497, 1955
Cover Artist: unknown

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N 5 B 2.5K C 0 E Sep 21, 2011 F Sep 21, 2011
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Richard S. Prather - Shell Scott's Seven Slaughters
Gold Medal Books s1072, 1961
Cover Artist: unknown

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