I’m spotlighting this recent collection purchase because it’s actually a bit of a mystery and I need to do some more research on it. We acquired this pulp novel and its original cover artwork back in August:
The book is Jean Murelli’s La Nuit des Trespasses, a novel in which a brave French journalist discovers that an odious American businessman is kidnapping beautiful women and, Stepford Wives-like, building robots in their image and doing away with the real women themselves. He is of course determined to bring the fiend to justice! The volume is one of three held in libraries across the world. It was published as part of a series of Fleuves Noir, a 1960s French pulp series dealing with the morbid and the fantastical. As near as I can tell, this was also Murelli’s only book, though I suspect it’s likely it was a pseudonym for another author as was often the case during this period.
Here’s a close-up of the oil and gauche painting:
I have a fun idea in mind, if it could be managed, to track down other volumes in the series and try to build a collection of French pulp SF. I’m sure there were some similar lines in other countries. Anyone know of any?