Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter W: Part One

The Crime Fiction Alphabet keeps rolling along in the home stretch with just four weeks left. We are currently in week 23 with the letter W. Kerrie over at her blog Mysteries in Paradise is kind enough to host this community meme. The rules a quite simple. By Friday of each week participants write a blog post about crime fiction related to the letter of the week. The post 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 featuring a Carter Brown title for each letter of the alphabet.

 Carter Brown: W is for The Wayward Wahine

The seductive rhythm of an exotic Hawaiian girl's primitive hula dance lures 
Danny Boyd into the arms of a killer.

Barye Philips Cover
  She was one hundred per cent impure Hawaiian. From her long and lustrous black hair to her small and delicate feet which moved as her whole body moved in a passionate pagan rhythm. With a sensuous gesture she stepped out of her grass skirt and into Danny Boyd's love life.

Robert McGinnis Cover

 On the sunny shares of beautiful Hawaii, private Danny Boyd goes hunting for a wealthy tycoon's missing wife. The trail starts out cold with a dead blonde, warms up with some buried treasure, and sizzles when Danny comes into close contact with a wahine who is wayward, wanton, and oh so willing to pitch woo Hawaiian style. With the curves and kisses and no holds barred. 

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)
Horwitz Publications Inc.
Numbered Series #84 February 1960
Long Story Magazine #11 June 1960
International Edition Series #16 April 1962
as The Wayward
International Edition Series #69 February 1971
Horwitz/Signet Double Edition CB 007A 1980
w/Walk Softly, Witch

New American Library
Signet Books
#1784 February 1960
#D3067 1966
Horwitz/Signet Double Edition  #9418 Sept 1980
w/Walk Softly, Witch


  1. Scott - Wow - That Signet double novel has a pair of W titles. Now that's a good cover for this week!

  2. I liked all of these covers, with the leis and the hula skirts.