Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter D

I am back this year with the community meme Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013 from Kerry's Blog. The posts must be related to either the first letter of a book's title, the first letter of an author's first name, or the first letter of the author's surname, or even maybe a crime fiction "topic". But above all, it has to be crime fiction. This time around I will be doing a post on a Carter Brown title for each letter of the alphabet. We currently up to the Letter D.

Carter Brown: D is for The Dream Is Deadly

The beautiful actress vanished.
Danny Boyd found her trail crossed with murder.....

Every night the gorgeous actress went insane to the staccato beat of an audience's applause. She ran the gamut of emotions in three acts. She laughed. she cried, she threatened, she pleaded. Then one weekend, at a posh party, she topped any performance she has ever given. She vanished without a trace for two years.
Barye Phillips Cover

A hot shot publisher hired Danny Boyd, the dashing and debonair private eye, to find out why the beautiful blonde was a dead issue and how she had disappeared. Boyd's investigation leads him headlong into a cast of oddball characters including a temperamental producer, a wanton redhead, a willing receptionist, and a plug-ugly killer, expert at calling the shots.

Various Covers


Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

Horwitz Publications

Numbered Series #89 September 1960
International Editions Series #23 October 1962
Horwitz Double #09A July 1981
w/ The Savage Salome

New American Library
Signet Books
S1845  October 1960
S1845 October 1960 (Canada)
T5272 1972
Signet Double E9776 May 1981
w/ The Savage Salome

New English Library
Four Square Books
#604 1962

Originally posted with slightly different content in May 2011


  1. Scott - Funny how the main victim is only pictured on a few of these covers... I really have to say I find the differences in the covers to be really interesting too.

  2. Lovely covers and a great variety. For this title my favorite is the Barye Phillips Cover, because it has a skull. I collect books with skulls (or skeletons) on the cover.