Title: The Three Coffins
Author: John Dickson Carr
Cover artist: Rudolph Belarski
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Best things about this cover:
- "Lady in Peril" week continues with another Lady in Peril — and another Rudolph Belarski cover with serious hand action! Can't decide which hand is better, the blood-soaked one or the ... what the hell is that other hand doing? Signing? Is it clutching something? If she were that horrified, would she really have gotten down on her knees and plunged her hand into the red stuff oozing from under the door? I doubt it.
- This makes me not want to see "Behind the Green Door"
- What is with the NYT syntax? Subject at the end ... no verb ...
- CARR is a common crossword answer. If you solve crosswords, it is good to know who created Dr. Gideon Fell.
- Belarski clearly prefers distressed women in solid, bold colors, and with ultra-expressive, super-plastic hands.
Best things about this back cover:
- More text-only dreck.
- Oooh, a locked room mystery. That should be zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
- This back cover sounds like a "Twilight Zone" plot ad-libbed by someone very drunk or very high. (Happy 50th birthday to "The Twilight Zone," by the way — I live in Rod Serling's home town, so there are "Twilight Zone" city buses driving around town and everything)
"Well, sir, there's blood, for one thing," replied Somers. "And also a very queer sort of rope ..."
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