Monday, April 15, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter B

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.

Carter Brown: B is for The Brazen

Sex explodes into murder as Al Wheeler discovers that love can be lethal.....
Barye Phillips Cover
Al is drinking at this bar when a guy comes in and drops dead at his feet. It turns out the dead guy is a lawyer and the dead lawyer has set up a meeting with Wheeler and keels over killed by curare. Al gets to meet a redhead secretary, a blonde widow, and a silver blonde. But Al's trouble is that he is an unorthodox cop and this is an unorthodox case.

An ice-cold wife,
A fiery mistress,
And the dead man neither mourns

Robert McGinnis Cover
 They lure Pine City Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler into a sizzling nest of vipers, including a hot-shot lawyer, a hot-headed mobster, and a hot-blooded redhead. All dynamite, all at murderously close range!

German Edition

  Printing History
Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

Horwitz Publications
as Blonde Verdict 
Novel Series #13 May 1956
as The Brazen
Numbered Series #88 September 1960
International Edition Series #20 August 1962
Double Edition Series #8A February 1981
ISBN 7255 771
w/The Stripper

New American Library
Signet Books
S1836 August 1960
P4298 1970
J9575 February 1981
AE1704 1982
w/The Stripper


  1. Scott - Those covers are just too much! Nice choice for 'B.'

  2. My favorite cover in this bunch is the Blonde Verdict cover. Usually the Robert McGinnis cover would get my vote, but not this time.