Sunday, September 29, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter Z

The Crime Fiction Alphabet keeps rolling along as we come to the end of this time around. The week is the final week as we highlight the Letter Z. Kerrie over at her blog Mysteries in Paradise has hosted this community meme. Over at her blog she has outlined the rules that we follow every week. 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: Z is for Zelda

Dutch Cover by W Lapp (1963)
 The seductive star's sweet blackmailing scheme looked like being shot to pieces by one of her three ex-husbands.

Till murder took a hand in her game. Introducing new hero Rick Holman, Hollywood's Mr Fix-It. Rick was elected to dispose of the corpse or take the killer's rap for Zelda.

Robert McGinnis Cover
  To 10 million men Zelda Roxane was the supreme symbol of sophisticated sex. But to the general who masterminded a Latin American revolution, the ex-Nazi turned millionaire industrialist, the has-been producer about to pull the biggest deal of his life, the lecherous press agent whose advances she's scorned, Zelda meant disgrace...ruin...and death.

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
 Numbered Series #96 December 1961
International Edition Series #32  June 1963
Double Edition Series #12A 1982

New American Library
Signet Books
S2033 December 1961
D3430 1968
Double Edition AE1629 July 1982

New English Library
Four Square Books
#659  1962

Other Various Covers

Horwitz Publications, Inc


 Die Mitternachtbucher 

United States
Signet Books
July 1982

Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book  


This title was originally posted in a slightly different formats.
Zelda from April 2011
Dutch Zelda from September 2011
Crime Fiction Alphabet 2012 from November 2012


  1. Scott - Congratulations on making it through this meme. I am impressed. For this one, I actually think I like the Japanese cover the best...

  2. So many different covers. My favorites were the German one and the one from Finland.