CHERRY DELIGHT

 
Full Name: Cherry Delight
Series Name: The Sexecutioner
Nationality: American
Organization: N.Y.M.P.H.O.
Occupation Agent

Creator: Glen Chase
Time Span: 1971 - 1978
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Cherry Delight is an agent with N.Y.M.P.H.O.
       The New York Mafia Prosecution and Harassment Organization is an organization based, obviously, in the Big Apple but with operations happening all of the globe. With the rise of organized crime, especially led by an ever-more powerful Mafia, becoming more and more a global operation and able to conduct their business without concerns for the niceties of the law, fighting such opponents through normal police procedures was proving a losing business. Now under the auspices of this new governmental organization, one that has the cooperation of federal agencies as well as other nations.
       Delight, whose real name is Cherise Dellissio, is a young female agent with the group, one of several women with the role that of "call girl and killer, spy girl and seductress". She is a relatively new addition but what she might lack in experience she more than compensates for with tremendous energy and vim. There is nothing she would not do to accomplish her assignment and she is ever willing to go it completely alone if needed.
       Her nickname comes from the fact that she is a natural redhead and, according to several descriptions, gloriously so. With cherry-red hair, the urge to dub her "Cherry" was too strong to resist. With that epithet in place, it is no mystery that the "Delight" came into existence since it is not too far from her real last name as the dessert cherry delight is as delicious as she is.
       That, though, is not her only nickname. She is also known as the "Sexecutioner" because she is so capable of using her sexuality and her body to remove from this planet enemies of her country. Her weapons of choice are many. She is known to be a crack shot and she has earned a black belt in judo. It is the art and science of sex that is her most deadly skill and she is without a doubt at expert at it.
       Delight's father was a physician and that was the profession she expected to go into, too. She was well into her studies and very familiar to the human body, both male and female, when she was approached by recruiters for N.Y.M.P.H.O. to join their struggle. Her love of her country, her desire for adventure and a challenge, and her innate love of sex got her to agree.
       Now she is a trained instrument of democracy, giving her all over and over ... and over and over ... for her country.

BOOKS

Number of Books:29
First Appearance:1971
Last Appearance:1978

       The books were written and published in two sets, all listing the house name of Glen Chase as the author.
       The first set was actually penned by Gardner Fox (apparently all of them but I could be wrong).
       The second set came out a couple years later and were written by two other authors.

1 The Italian Connection The Italian Connection
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1971

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2 Tong In Cheek Tong In Cheek
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1973

"When the Mafia goes the world's sexiest crime fighter follows - even China! And when Cherry shoots, they die happy."

3 Silverfinger Silverfinger
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1973

"The deadliest don in the Mafia gets a taste of Cherry, the sexiest crime fighter in the world."

4 Up Your Ante Up Your Ante
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1973

The Mob is trying to take control of the London casinos and the local police are unable to slow them down. The British government requests help from N.Y.M.P.H.O. and they send Cherry Delight.

5 Crack Shot Crack Shot
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1973

"One taste of Cherry Delight and the Mafia found that she was not only delightful - but deadly poison."

6 I'm Cherry, Fly Me I'm Cherry, Fly Me
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1973

"The world's sexiest crime fighter gets involved in smuggling - and where Cherry's involved, it's smuggling close to the skin."

7 Chuck You, Farley Chuck You, Farley
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1973

"Watch Cherry as she battles the Mafia for control fo the world's hottest counterfeiting ring."

8 Hot Rocks Hot Rocks
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1973

"Billions are at stake as Cherry battles the Mafia for control of the international diamond trade."

9 The Jersey Bounce The Jersey Bounce
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1974

"The Mafia had a contract on Cherry but she hit them first."

10 Made In Japan Made In Japan
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1974

"The Tokyo Mob thought they could get rid of Cherry Delight. That was the biggest mistake they ever ... Made in Japan."

11 Broad Jump Broad Jump
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1974

"With cold toes on her back or a gun in her belly, you oughta see that broad jump!"

12 Fire In The Hole Fire In The Hole
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1974

"Cherry turns the energy crisis into an energetic climax when she finds a gusher in Death Valley."

13 Over the Hump Over the Hump
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1974

"She wore stilettos on her toes, carried lethal gas in her perfume spray, but Cherry's most deadly weapon was a very, very soft curve."

14 In A Pinch In A Pinch
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1974

"She was in a tight squeeze but Cherry knew all the twists to wiggle out."

15 What A Way To Go What A Way To Go
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1974

"Cherry uses her body to fight the Mafia so you can bet the bad guys die happy."

16 Busted! Busted!
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1974

"There's buried treasure off the Florida coast but Cherry has to bury a free hit men before she can get to it."

17 Treasure Chest Treasure Chest
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1974

"The Mob has hatched a massive art theft scheme. Cherry canvasses the city to pulverize the picture pilferers."

18 Hang Loose Hang Loose
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1974

"Cherry Delight takes on the Mafia with the help of a new wonder drug that emphasizes her assets."

19 In A Bind In A Bind
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1975

"Cherry is framed for murder but that's one thing she won't take lying down."

20 Always On Sunday Always On Sunday
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1975

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21 Mexican Standoff Mexican Standoff
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1975

"The Mob was growing opium in Mexico. Cherry's job was to smoke them out."

22 The Big Bankroll The Big Bankroll
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1975

"Cherry didn't mind a little kindness until it led to killing."

23 Lights! Action! Murder! Lights! Action! Murder!
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1975

To take the gang on, Cherry takes it all off." "The strong-arm men are muscling in on the movies and not even the major studios have the power to fight back. Then a maverick producer asks N.Y.M.P.H.O. (New York Mafia Harassment Organization) for help and Cherry Delight is put on the case. As Coco Madrid, Hollywood's newest sensational skin-flick superstar, Cherry's latest assignment is to bust the protection racket that preys on the media."

24 Roman Candle Roman Candle
Written by Gardner Fox
Copyright: 1975

"Fireworks explode blowing everything sky-high when Cherry Delight takes on the Godmother."

25 The Devil To Pay The Devil To Pay
Written by Rochelle Larkin
Copyright: 1977

Cherry Delight heads to France to take on devil worshipers who use rape and torture for both pleasure and profit.

26 Greek Fire Greek Fire
Written by Rochelle Larkin
Copyright: 1977

"Cherry was menaced by a monster and an ex-Gestapo officer!"

27 Where The Action Is Where The Action Is
Written by Leonard Levinson
Copyright: 1977

"A criminal genius with occult powers putting the Vegas casinos out of business ... Cherry had to stop him!"

28 The Moorland Monster The Moorland Monster
Written by Rochelle Larkin
Copyright: 1977

"Scotland Yard asked Cherry to help them catch or kill a creature from Hell."

29 The Man Who Was God The Man Who Was God
Written by Rochelle Larkin
Copyright: 1978

"Cherry was sent to investigate a swindler who claimed to be immortal - and maybe he was."

MY COMMENTS

       Do not expect anything from this series. You wouldn't get it anyways so why even think about it. Do not expect to want to read more than one or two, either. I didn't want to. I did, of course, because that is what I do but with so many other series out there, a person would only read this if purience was the only thing the reader was after.
       If it was, of course, this is not a bad series. Gardner Fox, the real writer behind the house name of Glen Chase, was a darned experienced and good storyteller. And his skills at having a female agent using her body to take down bad guys were more than honed with the Lady From L.U.S.T. series a half-decade before. But the "meet bad guy - have sex with bad guy - kill bad guy" gets a tad repetitive.
       Now I went years without adding this series to the compendium. It was, to me, a crime fighting series, not a spy series. I got to thinking this largely because the series was referred to as the "Sexecutioner" because it was following on the success of Pinnacle's The Executioner series which at the time were all about a skilled vigilante.
       But a couple of fellow fans felt otherwise and I was coaxed into looking further and that second look made me decide to invite her into the gathering.

GRADE

My Grade: C-

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