Title: Night Squad
Author: David Goodis
Cover artist: uncredited
Yours for: $30
Best things about this cover:
- One of the noirest, hardboiliest covers I've got. Iconic. Buncha badass fedora-wearing crime-fighters going to war. Strong light/dark contrast (just like the high contrast B&W of classic film noir). There's architectural detail in the dark parts, but you can barely see it. (actually, you can see it on the scan better than you can see it on the actual book ... weird)
- Love the up-shot angle. Gives the guy in the doorway and the whole building a looming, larger-than-life feel. Also like how his descent of the staircase reflects the cover copy: "... and sent him down into the brutal throbbing heart of the slums."
- Love the sickly green pall cast by the lamps. Also love the comically worried face of Fedora #2. Also love the wee policeman poised to billyclub the @#$# out of the next guy who looks at him funny.
Best things about this back cover:
- I thought it said "rocket boys" the first time I read it, and I wondered why the cops and NASA would be fighting over the same guy. "The terrifying story of two agencies bidding to give a man gainful employment!"
- Do you really aim a bullet at someone's head? You aim the gun. Unless your gun is broken and you are reduced to just hurling bullets at some guy's head. I guess that could happen.
"Where you going? McDermott asked.
Corey stopped. He stood with his back to the desk. He waited a few moments, then said, "Second and Addison. I got a date."
"A double gin," Corey said. "Is that all right with you?"
Great dialogue. That last line actually reads "Is that all right you you?" I hope you enjoy my non-silent emendation.
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