Sunday, June 23, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter L...Part One

We are chugging, like a fast moving train, along in the Crime Fiction Alphabet for 2013 meme. This week we are up to the letter L. Kerry's Blog is kind enough to sponsor this community meme each and every week. The rules are very simple:  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 featuring a Carter Brown title for each letter of the alphabet. This week I had a difficult time deciding which title to showcase. So I decided to do a three part Letter L. For the next three days I will highlight a different Carter Brown title.

First up this week

Carter Brown: L is for The Lady Is/Not Available
She was the most talented pro in the whole art colony.
Her sex appeal was sheer genius and pure murder!

Bella made friends at the drop of a bikini. She was a beautiful Bohemian who wore the scantiest of bathing suits when she painted, and less when she entertained. Her uninhibited hospitality made it hard for Lieutenant Al Wheeler to keep business before pleasure. But he was a cop and he was there to ask questions about a murder. 

An artist dies violently and Al Wheeler begins a deadly and dangerous case. A case that leads from an artist's studio to a tycoon's plush penthouse office. From a lovely wanton to a strait-laced society wife. From a mysterious picture to multiple death. 

Robert McGinnis Cover
  Who painted the lady without her clothes? When an oil tycoon commissions a young artist to do his wife's portrait, he hardly expected to see the finished product, perfect, pink-fleshed...and nude. It was too late for explanations. The artist lay dead beneath the easel, the picture was slashed with a cross of blood and the hysterical wife insisted she never took off her clothes. 

Robert McGinnis Cover
Robert McGinnis Cover

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

Horwitz Publications Inc.
Sydney Australia
Numbered Series #105 1962,1963
International Edition Series #56 1968

Bolinda Publishing
Victoria Australia
Large Print Edition August 1999

New American Library
Signet Books
#2244 January 1963
D3410 March 1968
D3410 March 1968 (Canada)

Male Publishing Corp
Volume 13 No 5
May 1963
 The Naked Wanton
Condensed from The Lady Is Available
Art by Samson Pollen 

New English Library
Four Square Books
1st Edition 1964
#2127 April 1968

Other Publishers

 Die Mitternachtsbucher #264
Copyright 1965
Printed in German
Translated by Georg Ackerman




Stockholm Sweden

Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book  
Tokyo Japan

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