Title: Stretch Dawson
Author: W.R. Burnett
Cover artist: uncredited
Yours for: $16
Best thing about this cover:
- Every year, Tex made a pilgrimage to worship at the altar of the Sexy Lady of the Gun
- That neckerchief is tied so tight about his neck that I'm a little scared for him.
- Silly lady — shotguns are no use against Cowboy Zombies. You gotta burn 'em.
- I'm not a big fan of her hair, but everything else about her looks fabulous.
- Like the blurb says, W.R. Burnett wrote the 1929 gangster classic "Little Caesar" (which was turned into the even more classic 1931 gangster movie of the same name, starring Edward G. Robinson)
Best things about this back cover:
- "Stretch was all man..." We get it, he's hung. I mean, his name is Stretch and you've got a huge phallic gun pointed at his crotch on the front cover. I think you've made your point. Move along.
- "Squeeze it out of her..." Stretch's preferred method of torture had always been the Bear Hug.
- In case you're confused about where this text came from ... Stretch has signed it himself. How handy / weird.
Shame stabbed at Stretch. He felt his face getting red and lowered his eyes so he wouldn't have to meet the Old Man's shrewd gaze. "Sure does," he said, in a husky unnatural voice.
When "unnatural" and "shame" appear in such close proximity to someone's "face getting red" in a vintage paperback, you know something very, very gay is going on.
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