Title: Dead Man's Tale
Author: Ellery Queen (ghostwritten by Stephen Marlowe)
Cover artist: Harry Bennett
Yours for: $15
Best things about this cover:
- "He ... he was out picking tulips and his sabots slipped and he hit her head on a windmill blade, which caused him to choke on some edam. I do not know how we ended up underwater. Dike broke, I suppose."
- This title is superlame.
- Never would have known this was ghostwritten by Stephen Marlowe if I hadn't gotten on Abe Books to check prices. There's a signed copy available there in which Marlowe writes "Just this once..."
Best things about this back cover:
- "Hacha" sounds like some kind of drink you'd order at a hipster café in Brooklyn.
- This plot sounds interesting. I really want to know what they're going to tell Hacha once they find him. It better have something to do with a dead man, or a windmill. Otherwise, total ripoff.
Then they heard Lou Goody tramping up the hill.
And I thought "Barney Street" was a good name.
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