Genevieve Holden is the penname of Genevieve Long Pou, who was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1919. She attended the University of Mississippi for two years before transferring to the University of Georgia’s School of Journalism. After college, Pou worked on the Birmingham Post and the Idaho Statesman before writing her first mystery in 1953. The Doubleday Crime Club published all seven of her novels, assigning them symbolic bullseyes for “Damsel in Distress” and/or “Chase and Adventure.” Set in the South, Pou’s books epitomize the subgenre termed “Gothic,” known more widely these days as “Romantic Suspense.” Written primarily for a female audience, books of this nature feature heroines in dangerous situations who tend to find themselves attracted to handsome yet potentially menacing men.
Pictured are an abridged version of Killer Loose! (1953); a British paperback of The Velvet Target (1957) from Frederick Muller Ltd.’s Midnight Thriller Series, and a Danish translation of Deadlier Than the Male.