Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Harlequin Authors - Part III

Of the 258 authors who wrote the 481 titles published by Harlequin Books from 1949 to 1959, five had between seven and nine. The only one with nine was Paul Evan Lehman. Lehman wrote westerns, the second most popular genre during Harlequin's first six years. From 1949 to 1954 63 titles (20%) were westerns.

All I can find about Lehman is that he was living in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1934. None of the dozens of books he wrote are in print. Here are the first three of his Harlequin editions, all 1951. All were originally published the year before as paperback originals.

Harlequin 105

Harlequin 105 back

Harlequin 118 back

Harlequin 118 back

Harlequin 128

Harlequin 128 back


  1. At the risk of exposing my ignorance, shouldn't the last be Law of the .45? Here I'm assuming that what's being referred to is a Colt .45. I note that the title is identical to the earlier 1950 Star Books edition.

  2. I know nothing about guns but '45 can't be right. The story does mention a Colt firearm.

    By the way - doesn't our friend on Range Justice look like a recent ex-president of the US?