Saturday, May 22, 2010

Paperback 316: The Man Who Disappeared / Edgar Bohle (Dell 1013)

Paperback 316: Dell 1013 (1st ptg, 1960)

Title: The Man Who Disappeared
Author: Edgar Bohle
Cover artist: Bill Rose

Yours for: $10

Best things about this cover:
  • Did someone throw a bocce ball through her window, 'cause I'm not buying that as a bullet hole. It's massive.
  • Not thrilled with how they've cropped her. What the hell is she doing? Dancing? Hanging laundry? How am I supposed to feel the, you know, suspense, when she looks like she's putting away groceries?
  • The Man Who Alternated Font Color

Best things about this back cover:
  • This better end with Dick and Steve getting married.
  • I'm pretty sure the guy in the silhouette just snapped his left ankle. It hurts even to look at it.

Page 123~

"Miss Halsey and I are going out to get her gas tank filled," Rupple said to him.

Nice euphemism from the improbably named "Rupple!"


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Anonymous said...

"An hallucination"? -- was that common usage back then?

Elaine said...

The reason cover-girl's arm is up: it's a defensive gesture. The ball that came through the window went down the neck of her blouse. Or maybe it was a water-balloon?

Massive disconnect between the book's title and blurb and the front cover art. (Is this Wilhelmina?)