Re: RARA-AVIS: Carter Brown

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 12 Jul 2006

This is some information on Carter Brown that I've snipped out of a review I wrote on his The Body:

Carter Brown is a pseudonym for the prolific Australian crime writer Alan Yates, who wrote more than 150 novels between 1953 and 1968. Five years after he started writing, over 25 million Carter Brown books were in print. Born in 1923, he worked in sales and public relation in Australia until he turned to writing full-time in 1953. From the very beginning he was incredibly productive. Starting with VENUS UNARMED (1953), he published an astonishing 8 novels in his first year. He employed a number of series protagonists. Al Wheeler, a homicide detective for a small southern California town, is his most popular hero. He appears for the first time in THE WENCH IS WICKED (1955). Mavis Seidliz, a private detective, was his most popular female protagonist. In 1959 Gallimard published him in the famous French Serie Noire series. With the exception of the ground-breaking mystery aficionado Anthony Boucher, Brown's novels were ignored by the critics. Yates was married to Denise Mackellar and they had one daughter and three sons. In 1966 he began writing under the name Caroline Farr. He wrote an autobiography in 1983 and died on May 5, 1985.


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