Monday, May 6, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter E

We rolling along with the community meme Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013 sponsored by Kerry's Blog. We currently up to the Letter E. The posts are simple enough. 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.

Carter Brown: E is for The Ever-Loving Blues

Requiem For A Bikini
It was an itsy-bitsy white polka-dot bikini.
She was a beautiful brunette, curvy, kissable, cuddly. 
Too bad they had come together, in death.

Barye Phillips Cover
Danny Boyd, the private eye with the profile no gal can resist, accepts a movie mogul's bid to track down a wandering, wanton star. He winds up playing fast with a loose redhead, and footy with a couple of thugs on a fifteenth-century Spanish galleon in sunny Florida, where the climate is perfect for murder.

Ron Lesser Cover
Various Other Covers
Originally titled
Death of a Doll
Second Collectors' Series
International Edition 1962
Numbered Series 1956

Reprint By Demand Series 1960

International Edition 1971 (2nd Printing)
Horwitz/Signet Double Edition Series
Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

Horwitz Publications

Numbered Series 1956 (#11)
Second Collectors' Series Oct 1958 (v1 n20)
w/Black-mail Beauty
Reprint By Demand Series July 1960 (#20)
Long Story Magazine April 1961 (#21)
International Edition Nov 1962 (IE21) 1971 (IE70)

New American Library
Signet Books

Signet Edition March 1961 (S1919)
Signet Edition Canada 2nd Printing January 1969 (D3722)
Signet Edition US 3rd Printing January 1969 (D3722)
Horwitz/Signet Double May 1982 (#11a) (AE1520)
w/The Sad-Eyed Seductress

Death Of A Doll was written with the main character Barney Slade and then rewritten with the character Danny Boyd when the title was revised.


  1. Scott - Ah, a mix of music and mystery! I like it.

  2. Interesting setting and interesting history of the evolution of the book. Favorite cover: the top one, because it includes the guy with his horn.