Title: Intruder in the Dust
Author: William Faulkner
Cover artist: Uncredited
Yours for: $6
Best things about this cover:
- Unsure of how to deal an effective kidney punch, Ted consulted the mob. "Here? Is this right?"
- One way to put a black guy on the cover without putting a black guy on the cover: put him way in the distance and make him bend over to pick up his hat. Also, looks quite natural...
- "Murder and Violence Rip a White Man's Hat-Wearing Convention"
Best things about this back cover:
- Signet covers are generally sedate, often to the point of being dull as dishwater. Back covers are rarely sensational either. What I like about this one is that someone gave the tagline writer / designer permission to go crazy. "Red letters ... some kind of 'tribal' font ... my lands!"
- "Mob Fury" would be a good band name.
"What's going on around here, Shurf?"
"I'm going to open this grave, Mr. Gowrie," the sheriff said.
"No, Shurf," the other said, immediate, with no change whatever in the voice: not disputative, nothing: just a statement: "Not that grave."
"Yes, Mr. Gowrie," the sheriff said. "I'm going to open it."
First, "Shurf"! That's good dialogue. Second, you gotta admire the writer so unafraid of colons that he'll put three in one sentence. Just 'cause.
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