Title: The Big Four
Author: Agatha Christie
Cover artist: Uncredited
"Steve Manley really, really hated to lose at chess..."
Best things about this cover:
- The Floating Head of Fu Manchu! - and check out the Asian-y lettering on the title. You can almost hear the gong.
- Chloroform - you don't see that on paperback covers nearly enough. Usually it's all guns and knives with these guys. Nice to see someone mixing up the violence.
- Again, I have to ask, who dresses these people? She's decked out for some kind of fiesta, while he appears ready for Jeeves to bring him his pipe.
- A pinkish robe with quilted cuffs and collar? And a white handkerchief with matching ascot? His far-off gaze suggests he's being controlled by the Floating Head of Fu Manchu. Maybe he's chloroforming the woman because she dared mock the fancy bedtime garb that is sacred to the Head.