Title: Give 'Em the Ax
Author: A. A. Fair (Erle Stanley Gardner)
Cover artist: uncredited
Yours for: $22
Just received this book in the mail as a gift from a generous reader, C. Cope of Weatherford, TX. I already own it, but am psyched because now I have a copy to read. I'll get right on it, right after I finish rereading "The Long Goodbye" for the umpteenth time (teaching it this week). The copy offered here is from my original collection.
Best things about this cover:
- Gams. Heels, hosiery seams ... the works.
- World's shallowest bathtub.
- Where is the ax that she gave him? I wish I could see it.
- What kind of skirt is that? Looks like a pelt of some kind.
- They killed Big Bird to make that bath mat.
- I love the horrid realism of that guy's face folds.
Best things about this back cover:
- Mapback! Always awesome.
- When I open a gin joint, it will be called "Rimley's Rendezvous." Actually, scratch that. Too many syllables, a little too French. Still, it's colorful.
- This is like some architect's sketch pad — an architect preparing to enter a "Best Rectangular Shape-Drawing" contest.
- Love love love the bungalow-style old skool motel. Motels are the bestest of all crime novel settings.
Bertha's jaw was pressed forward like the prow of a battleship. "What's your proposition?" she said ominously.
If you've ever read a Lam & Cool mystery, then you know Bertha Cool is not to be @#$#ed with. She's ... imposing. 165 lbs and "hard as barbed wire." I really like Gardner's Lam/Cool stuff. Perry Mason, not so much, though, to be fair, I haven't read a Mason novel in a long, long time. Maybe it would hold my interest better now.