Wednesday, October 28, 2009

57 Books from the University Book Sale: Book 3

Title: The Green Wound Contract (PBO, 1963)
Author: Philip Atlee
Cover artist: Well it hardly matters...

Yours for: best offer

  • "Black magic! White Slavery! And blue diamonds!"
  • "Green Wound" has to be about the grossest phrase you can put in your title
  • "Formerly The Green Wound" — whoa, bold title change!

  • I do love the many faces of Joe Gall
  • Probably the only place you'll find the phrase "a pornographic book in Trinidad"
  • "... the Streets of Laredo ..." — hey, I know that song
  • Rock me Uncle Tom Asmodeus!

Page 123~

Sitting up, I touched the knot on my forehead gingerly and winced; it was a beauty. I had never known a nun could swing a blackjack that hard.


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Belvoir said...

I can't decide if I want to read, "The Silken Baroness Contract" or "The Irish Beauty Contract" first.

"The Paper Pistol Contract" I'm dismissing though, that's too ludicrous even for me, who only believes what he reads in the New York Post.

Is there anything more exciting and says "pulse-pounding suspense!" than a contract?

Which is a piece of paper the bespectacled men in New Yorker cartoons pore over every day before going home to their exasperated wives, ready with a killer quip, I understand.

Eunice said...

Man, Sister Maria will jack you up!

Michael5000 said...

"I had never known a nun could swing a blackjack that hard"?!?! You have GOT to be kidding....

Deb said...

"Hurry, honey, we've got to escape from this towering green wound hovering above us."

Rex Parker said...

"I had never known a nun could swing a blackjack that hard" is one of my favorite crime fiction sentences ever. There's a whole story — a whole universe — buried in that one short sentence. Plus I just love a world where people actually use blackjacks. Seems quaint.


Frank said...

Having heard my mother's stories of Catholic school nuns all my life, I could have told him that you don't mess with them!

Alix said...

That sentence seems awkward to me. I want it to say either, "I never knew a nun could swing a blackjack that hard" or "I had never known a nun who could swing a blackjack that hard".

Elaine said...

But at least "whom" is used correctly, eh?

laura linger said...

An All-Negro government...just what The White Man In America feared back in 1963...and 2009