Title: The Woman Racket
Author: Gil Lawrence
Cover artist: Miller (?)
Yours for: $25
Best things about this cover:
- The doctor's eyes! It's like he wants to blow that damned needle.
- The painting of the girl is actually pretty damned hot. I Love her dress. And her ... what is that, a datebook?
- "Fury With Legs": an abstract concept that can get up and walk around!? Tell me more ...
- I like to think the girl is being pursued by Fury With Legs, mostly because she looks more like someone about to die in a horror movie than she does a girl going to get an abortion in pre-Roe v. Wade America.
Best things about this back cover:
- If you want to spice up your nouns, just put "Flesh" in front of them. It'll really make your flesh prose pop. (See!?)
- Shocking, brutally honest ... but not frank.
- Who is this "Miller" person and what does he have against first names?
See, an ordinary writers would've just gone with "pros and cons," but this guy is a thesauristic master: "assets and demerits!" All hail unnatural usage! (Also, I'm imagining the polygraph industry's awesome ad campaign: "Lie detectors: They're good for snotty kids!"
I weighed the assets and demerits of the polygraph machines. "Yes," I told him finally. "I think it's a good idea. Lie detectors are good for snotty kids."
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