Title: Lady in Peril
Author: Ben Ames Williams
Cover artist: Rudolph Belarski
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It's "LADY IN PERIL" week at "Pop Sensation" — three early Popular Library covers all featuring ... yes, you guessed it, LADIES IN PERIL. First up, "LADY IN PERIL" —
Best things about this cover:
- "I'll be back in five minutes, I swear!"
- You have to be superhot to pull off wearing that much of that color. This lady (in peril) succeeds. Dress alone = OK, but dress + long gloves = wow.
- This cover rules and Rudolph Belarski was a pulp art genius. Such great lurid action. Just the idea of a lady dressed like this trying to escape out of what appears to be at least a second-story window — that's enough to convince me that peril is for real.
- Hand-on-wrist action right in the dead center of the cover, combined with the vividness of her splayed, aqua hand, really creates a sense of immediacy here.
- Her hair is fancy, her horrified expression believable, her rack exquisite.
Best things about this back cover:
- Inspector Tope, HA ha. That character writes itself. Not enough fall-down-drunk detectives in the crime fiction canon for my tastes.
- The sentence that begins "During..." is so convoluted that it makes me want to shoot myself, others.
And it was only when her back was turned that he realized she wore over her nightgown a negligee of metal cloth, bright as silver. This was Lola Cyr!
When are metal negligees going to make their comeback? I like a lady who's not afraid to wear chain mail to bed.
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