Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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

Part 3 of the Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013 Letter L

Carter Brown: L is for The Lover

Signet Editions
  The bearded Prophet might be a phoney but the nude corpse on his alter was very real

Horwitz Edition 1st Edition
Horwitz 2nd Edition
The Prophet wore a loincloth and a deep tan. He was the pet of the society set who flipped over his doctrines of sun worship, fertility rites and sacrifices. The religious kick netted him a pretty profit until one of his sun loving followers left an offering on his alter. A very beautiful, very nude and very dead blonde. The corpse sends free wheeling California police Lieutenant Al Wheeler on a whirlwind chase, A chase that brings him into close contact with a torrid blonde, a sizzling brunette, and a cold killer.
Cover by Martelmans
The Prophet was the guy in the loincloth who was assisted by.....Eloise, the brunette who sent the shrine donations rolling in even faster for........Ralph Bennett, who was the Prophet's business manager. he figured he owed something to.....Charlie Elliot, the lush whose whole world was centered in the nearest unopened bottle and turned up at the party given by........... Stella Gibb, the blonde who loved men. All men except her husband.......Cornelius Gibb, the only sun worshiper who thought the Prophet was a screwball, not like......Edgar Romair, the retired Broadway actor, who could not find an audience in......Peter Pines, the poet whose talents were chained to a faucet sending....Al Wheeler to Candy Logan, the gorgeous brunette widow. She was having trouble with.....Harry Weisman, the sharp man, too sharp for his world.
Horwitz/Signet Double Edition
 Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

English Language Editions
Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series #72 December 1958
International Edition #3 1960
International Edition #60 1969
Double Edition #6a 1980

New American Library
Signet Books
 #1620 January 1959
  #1620 (Canada) February 1959
#2742 1964
Double Edition E9121 March 1980

New English Library
Four Square Books
#790 1963
#1843 1967
Cover by Martelmans

Other Various Covers
There are over 20 different covers from 15 different country for this title 






 Die Mitternachtsbucher
Germany and Switzerland


Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book  
Tokyo Japan

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