Friday, December 2, 2011

Paperback 483: The Gay Detective / Lou Rand (Saber SA-18)

Paperback 483: Saber Books SA-18 (PBO, 1961)

Title: The Gay Detective
Author: Lou Rand
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $100


Best things about this cover: 
  • Not sure how legible the cover copy is, so I'll transcribe: "Francis and Tiger [!!!!!!!!!!!! ... ?] had found out what they needed to know. The trick now was to get the nude Vivien out of the bathhouse [!] and to safety."
  • Of all Vivien's failed attempts to get a man, this one was perhaps the most spectacular.
  • The bathhouse employed the most strapping and vigilant head lice police the world had ever known.
  • Come on, even the queerest of the queer aren't going to be able to stomach that much pink.


Best things about this back cover:
  • Have we seen Saber get biblical before!? This is perhaps my favorite of Sanford Aday's responses to the legal harassment his business was suffering in the late-50s / early 60s. 

Page 123~

The man is—we heard many times—a muscular masochist and confines his pleasures to young and attractive men.

"We heard many times" — that's what happens when you keep asking witnesses to "tell us the one about the muscular masochist again!"


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Mangraa said...

Wow, this one is full of humourously conflicting elements as they are regarded nowadays. From the "gay" detectives, the "unclean" Bible quote...hell, even the logo is a pair of crossed swords! Steamy!

Deb said...

Lou Rand: Ayn Rand's underappreciated younger brother.

dcmatthews2010 said...

The expressions on the two men's faces are amusing: "You're not turned on by her, are you?" "You don't have to worry about me, silly!"