Title: Spill the Jackpot
Author: A.A. Fair (Erle Stanley Gardner)
Cover artist: George A. Frederiksen
Yours for: $21
- When slot machines get drunk (Xs for eyes, dead giveaway), they barf blood and skulls. True fact.
- This is a fantastic example of the bright, vivid, more abstract covers that Dell tended to feature in its early years. You don't really get the saucy, realistic, Great Girl Art covers until about 1948.
Best things about this back cover:
- Wow, no wonder people gamble. You can practically feel the monotony coming off the page.
- Is Hotel Sal Sagev a real place? 'Cause that's some painfully unimaginative naming. Diputs!
- "Boulder? Sure ... just go down Fremont here past Eighth and then it's just another 775 miles. You can't miss it."
Abruptly he turned and smiled at Bertha. "So sorry, Mrs. Cool, I interfered with you so early in the morning. Try and overlook it. If you people can learn to accept these interruptions philosophically, it's going to be a lot easier on you."
If you are a chronic interrupter, I suggest you memorize that last line. The key to being a dick effectively is: you must go all in.
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