Title: Hill Girl
Author: Charles Williams
Cover artist: Barye Phillips
Yours for: $20
Best things about this cover:
- This is my nominee for "Most Phallic Gun Ever"
- "Maybe if I just sidle along this wall *very* slowly, that yokel standing four feet in front of me won't see me ..."
- Tori Spelling is ... Hill Girl!
- Guy in background: "Excuse me, I was just On The Road and I was wondering if ... oh, I see you're having some kind of altercation or mating ritual ... I'll just move along."
- This book is credited as "the first original paperback" by Jim Silke (Dames, Dolls & Gun Molls: The Art of Robert A. Maguire). But ... there are 40 Gold Medal pbs published before this one, almost all of them paperback originals (as far as I can tell). So ... I was confused by the claim. Maybe it's the first paperback to say, on the cover, "an original novel — not a reprint"? The wikipedia entry for "Gold Medal" confirms that it was publishing original paperbacks in 1950.
- Here's a nice write-up of Charles Williams by Bill Crider.
Best things about this back cover:
- I like back cover copy that gets right to the point.
- Who is "I" in this scenario?
The flowers were there in the room when we came in. She put her arms around my neck and pulled down hard, with the way she had, like a drowning swimmer, and with her lips against my ear she whispered fiercely, "Hold me tight like this, Bob. Don't ever let me go." [end of chapter]
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