A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
8/1/1925 Carter Brown is born
August 1, 1925. Alan Geoffrey Yates was born in England on this date. As a young man he moved to Australia and started writing books under many names, but the best-known is Carter Brown. He was a huge part of the paperback market, pouring out more than 300 novels, although he claimed to have writer's block before every deadline. More than 100 million copies of his books have sold. According to Wikipedia he won a French award for "the most whiskies drunk in a single novel."
By the way, I went to some trouble to find a book cover where the woman had some clothes on, which tells you something about Brown's plots (and/or his publisher). And I got the birthdate from William Malloy's excellent Mystery Book of Days.