Title: Man Divided
Author: Dean Douglas
Cover artist: Barye Phillips
Yours for: SOLD! (Aug '09)
Best things about this cover:
- In case it's not clear, "half world" = gay gay gay. See also "twilight world."
- "He had to choose — a half world or a world of woman's love" — if his posture's any indication, that decision has already been made.
- The guy in the chair displays the classic "Sucker Slouch" (TM). It's common on noir/hardboiled covers. We will see a variation of this pose again on Sunday.
- You can almost hear the guy deflate: "ohhhh ... fuck." He can't even look at ... her? Wait, how do I know the seated guy is the "Man Divided" in this scenario? Why do I have a feeling that the "woman" in the pale green has a voice like Jack Palance?
Best things about this back cover:
- See, I told you. "Twilight world." Right on cue.
- "Then the contest began." I hope it's a baton-twirling contest. I love a good baton-twirling novel.
- "The problems of our times" = worst euphemism for homosexuality ever. I'll take outright offensive over this hazy blandness. Hell, I'd take "baton twirling" over this.
The next morning there was the mute evidence on the floor, the broken glasses and the pool of water from the melted ice cubes. Cromer had been furious about something. She had not asked. She had waited curiously to see.
Bi-curiously, that is.
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