Title: A Key to the Suite
Author: John D. MacDonald
Cover artist: uncredited
Yours for: $24
Best things about this cover:
- File under "novelty cover." One of the most stylistically unusual covers I own.
- It's a meta-cover. A cover about covers. It's explaining the conventions of paperback covers to you. Instead of author / title / blurb, you get three very polite complete sentences. And a lot of loopy orange carpet. And a single shoe.
- Love how even the Gold Medal insignia is brought into odd color and design schema. Also, the font on the author and title is awesome-o.
Best things about this back cover:
- I guess I kind of like the all-caps typewriter font. And the way the back cover mimics an interoffice memo. That first paragraph is pretty gripping, too, as back cover copy goes. Granted, with the back covers we've seen so far, the competition isn't exactly tough.
He knew he was still a little bit drunk, but not very much, because the prolonged strenuous taking of the woman had boiled it out of his blood.
Many people love MacDonald's writing. That leads me to believe that sentences like this one are the exception in his writing, not the rule. "The prolonged strenuous taking of the woman?" Sound like something out of "The 19th-century Gentleman's Guide to Hunting and Calisthenics."
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