Warrigal Press is a internet-only secondhand bookshop, situated in Mundaring, Western Australia. Warrigal Press has been publishing since 1987, and selling new, used, antiquarian and collectable books since 2002. We have over 8000 books in our collection. The owner of Warrigal Press, Bob Sheppard, looks at thousands of books every week. If there is a title that you are looking for and cannot find on our website, email Bob and he will keep an eye out for it.
Orders can be placed by email (warrigal@tnet.com.au) or by contacting Bob Sheppard on Phone/Fax (08) 9295 0891, or you can use the order form.





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When a beautiful blonde is murdered in her suburban unit the local police put a call through to Joe Blake, because nothing gets in his way. Joe always gets the bad guy. And along the way he gets a few naughty girls, because Joe likes them naughty ... very naughty.
Warrigal Press is soon to release the first in a new series of Australian pulp fiction novels featuring Detective Joe Blake. Joe is a hard boiled copper in Perth, Western Australia who does the hard yards to solve the state's most vicious crimes.


Blake, Joe
Murder is Never Pretty Even When the Corpse is a Blonde ( 1B Gale Cover )
Warrigal Press Western Australia 2006 First Edition 12mo - over 6ĺ" - 7ĺ" tall Mass Market Paperback Fine At last, new Australian pulp fiction featuring Western Australia's best known detective, Joe Blake. This is a brand new book! Brand new hero! Only 1000 first edition copies. Cover art has been created by Lauren Gale. ( 1 B Gale cover ) 92 pp. Postage in Australia is $2.50. International postage is $5.00. Signed by Joe Blake of course!
$12.00 AUD ORDER: Click here to order using a credit card




Blake, Joe
Murder is Never Pretty Even When the Corpse is a Blonde ( 1A Ikin Cover )
Warrigal Press Western Australia 2006 First Edition 12mo - over 6ĺ" - 7ĺ" tall Mass Market Paperback Fine At last, new Australian pulp fiction featuring Western Australia's best known detective, Joe Blake. This is a brand new book! Brand new hero! Only 1000 first edition copies. Cover art has been created by Paul Ikin. ( 1 A Ikin cover ) 92 pp. Postage in Australia is $2.50. International postage is $5.00. Signed by Joe Blake of course!
$12.00 AUD ORDER: Click here to order using a credit card


   Murder is Never Pretty ... Even When the Corpse is a Blonde is set to become a classic in the detective pulp genre. Blake's memoirs are sure to thrill readers around the world and the first copies of the initial print run will sell out fast...

"The corpse was in the bedroom. Iíve seen a lot of blondes, naked and clothed, dead and alive, but Iíve never seen one in this position. She was naked on the bedroom floor, tangled in the back of a chair, with her face flat against the floor and her butt sticking up in the air in a very undignified pose, the telephone call position I would suppose you would call it. You know the one, head down and ring up. She looked a bit like an older version of Anna Kornakova really, only this girl used to be seriously pretty. She wasnít any more. There was a bullet hole in the back of her head and most of the contents of her cranium were now plastered over the shag pile carpet."

   So move over Larry Kent, Carter Brown, Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ellery Queen, Frank Miller and Sexton Blake (perhaps he's a distant relation to Joe!) for there is a new cop on the beat!
   If you like tough cops, beautiful girls, fast action and kick-butt crime novels get ready now for the first in the Joe Blake Murder/Mystery series.
   Joe's editor and publisher Bob Sheppard says, "When I was contacted by Detective Joe Blake asking me if I would like to read the manuscript of his first book my thoughts were that, ' here was another dickhead copper who didn't really have anything interesting to say.' Wow! Wasn't I wrong. From the opening rubber burnin', siren wailin' scene I knew I was on a fast crime solving ride through the streets of Perth and regional Western Australia.
   It didn't take long for me to realise Joe Blake is no ordinary copper! His no-nonsense attitude to crime, obvious prowess in the boudoir and knowledge of the seedy underbelly of society makes him a force to be reckoned with. Not since Carter Brown's Al Wheeler kissed and kicked his way to popularity in the 60s have we seen a crime fighter with this sort of talent! I can't wait to publish the Joe Blake series and I am sure it won't be long before we see Joe telling it like it really is on the big screen.
   I'm hoping that Joe can survive long enough to continue the series and we don't find him buried in a shallow grave in some dark pine plantation with a bullet to the back of the head ... you can't be the state's most effective crime fighter without making a lot of enemies."

   Contact Bob at warrigal@tnet.com.au and register your interest in being notified of the release date for the first Joe Blake novel.
   Murder is Never Pretty will be released with with two covers designed by graphic art students from Jon Greenwood's class at Perth TAFE. Joe Blake was asked to judge the cover art designs from 10 finalists and the winners were Paul Ikin and Lauren Gale

Click on the above banner to access our 'Pulp Postcards' section. This is a new collection of postcards featuring images from popular pulp fiction novels. It's a gallery of sleazy, trashy, 'good girl' cover art from the 40s, 50s and 60s.


New York illustrator Ken Landgraf's fantastic illustrations are well known world wide. Ken says his works, " ... feature gorgeous line work, and sexy and voluptuous beauty." Ken's interpretation of Sheena the Queen of the Jungle and her rival Rulah in very precarious positions attest to Ken's talent. By a special agreement with Ken, Warrigal Press has commissioned this famous illustrator to create a number of unique artworks to celebrate the great Australian cover art of the classic Australian pulp novels of the 1960s. These limited editions are Ken's interpretations ( not the original artwork used) of the cover art of John Slater's Death Island and Slave of the Apache and Jim Kent's The Warrior Gods. The images portrayed are quite brutal and may not be politcally correct in the post liberal "60s" context however the books that inspired these images were readily available in bookshops and newsagents around Australia, (if you were brave enough to buy them!) To have a look at these classic covers click on the Ken Landgraf banner above, but be warned ...


Warrigal Press has a new cover art and original illustration gallery. Take a look at the fabulous illustration of the cover of Lawrence Cortesi's Mission Incredible and Walter Tyrer's Sexton Blake Thriller The Case of the Conscript Miner. Also, Rob Phipps' Shanna the She Devil and Rulah and Sheena battling it out in a humorous cover for Wierd Jungle Tales.

   The Golden Rule: Who found Australia's largest gold deposit? Thirty years after the announcement of the discovery of the Telfer gold mine, Bob Sheppard uncovers the real story of discovery.
The Golden Rule is a story of gold and intrigue in the Great Sandy Desert.
$35.00 AUD plus postage


     The Spear of Destiny. Ravenscroft, Trevor.
Corgi, 1974. Worn Paperback. How the occult power of the spear which pierced the side of Christ became Hitler's greatest weapon in his pid to conquer the world.
$11.00 AUD plus postage Visit our new unexplained section for books on UFOS, conspiracies, voodoo, occult, magic and mystery.


    Bloody Buna. Mayo, Lida.
New English Library, 1977. Paperback. The story of the campaign that halted the Japanese invasion of Australia. Paperback. Single "due date" stamp inside but no other library markings.
$10.00 AUD plus postage For other great Military novels, check out our Military section.



   Lament for a Lousy Lover. Brown, Carter.
Horwitz, 1962. Paperback.Covers lightly chipped. Binding good. Text clean. Great cover art. Collectable.
$10.00 AUD plus postage For other great Australian Pulp Fiction, check out our Australian Pulp Fiction section.




   Mein Kampf. Hitler, Adolf.
Hutchinson, England. This book is undated but the translator's notes states 1939. As such it may be a first English edition. The book is leather bound and numbered 069. The covers are red leather with a khaki strip down the middle of the front and back covers. The front cover features an inlaid black leather swastika. The covers are stained and marked. (email for scan) and are edgeworn. The binding is slightly cracked inside but is firm. Pages are browning around the edges. This is a rare leatherbound copy! The book is not available for sale to those countries which prohibit its import.
$660.00 AUD plus postage For other great "Different" books, check out our "Something Different" section.


   Try Nothing Twice. Clune, Frank.
Angus and Robertson, 1946. Paperback. The story of two dozen jobs. Vintage Clune paperback in good condition. Great TNT cover! Covers chipped and worn. Light roll. $9.00 AUD plus postage For other great Australian books, check out our Australiana section.



    Boot Boys. Allen, Richard.
New English Library. 1972. Paperback. From the author of Skinhead. Another of the UK street life exposes from the seventies. Paperback in good condition.
$15.00 AUD plus postage For other Paperback Novels, check out our Paperback Fiction section.



    Mystery Bay Blues. Barret, Robert G.
Les Norton is back ... Rockin'. Paperback in very good condition.
$12.00 AUD plus postage For more great Paperback Crime, check out our Paperback Crime section.