Monday, June 3, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter I

We are rolling along in the Crime Fiction Alphabet for 2013 meme. Currently we are a third of the way through with the Letter I. Kerry's Blog is kind enough to sponsor this community meme. 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.

 Carter Brown: I is for Ice Cold Nude

Danny Boyd is after a stolen tiara, but finds an.........


Private eye Danny Boyd always makes sure his detecting involves ample dollars and dames. He likes his girls glamorous but he had not bargained on the blonde wearing a diamond tiara under the shower. When her only other ornament  was a bullet hole in the forehead. When Boyd sets out to trap a jewel thief the top suspects on his list  turns out to be very beautiful and very dead corpse, the first of five. Alive she wanted mink. And dead only diamonds would do.

"Diamonds are a girl's worst friend"
That is what Danny always says, and take it from him, he is right, dead right. This particular case started with a gorgeous gal and a dazzling diamond tiara, a $100,000 fiery fascinator that any girl night be tempted with. This particulat gal wasn't. And because she wasn't she paid for her mistake with her life. And Danny almost did, with his.

Various Other Covers
Robert McGinnis Cover

Robert McGinnis Cover

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

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #98 (1962)
International Edition Series #35 (1963)
Double Edition Series #13A (1982)
w/Lover Don't Come Back

New American Library
Signet Books
S2110 (April 1962)
S2110 (May 1962, Canada)
D3876 (May 1969)
D3876 (May 1969, Canada) 
Double Carter Brown Edition
AE1780 (September 1982)
w/Lover Don't Come Back

New English LibraryLtd.

Four Square Books
#706 (1962)
 This title was originally posted in March 2011.



  1. Scott - I always find it fascinating how much variety there is in the covers for these books.

  2. I like that top cover a lot. And the 2nd from the bottom, with the vase and flowers. So Robert McGinnis did two very different covers?

  3. Tracy
    Yes he did, one for each North American printing.