Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The Twelve Dames of Christmas, 2018: #1

Back in 2016, I got it into my head to commemorate the end-of-the-year holiday season with a “Twelve Dames of Christmas” series constructed around vintage novels boasting the word “dame” in their titles. Turns out, there are more than a few such works, and I’ve been collecting additional specimens ever since.

So today, as we slide into the annual Twelve Days of Christmas, or Twelvetide (December 25-January 5), I introduce a second collection of daring, determined, and dangerous dames here in Killer Covers. We begin—above—with British publisher Hodder & Stoughton’s 1969 hardcover release of The Dame, by “Richard Stark,” aka Donald E. Westlake. The Dame was the fourth novel to feature Westlake’s handsome career criminal and professional thief, Alan Grofield. The cover illustration here is credited to Craig Dodd.

Tell us what you think of this sequel series as it rolls out.

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