The P. Morrison Donations #11
Cardinal C-323 (2nd ptg, 1959)
Title: The Case of the Demure Defendant
Author: Erle Stanley Gardner
Cover artist: Charles Peitz
Best things about this cover:
- Once again, the breasts act as if the dress weren't even there.
- How much vaseline is on this lens? Everything looks like it's been coated in margarine.
- "Sorry, your honor, I didn't hear you. I was just playing with these marionettes here, and, well ... yes, OK, I'll stop."
That is one George Washington turkey leg tornado of blond hair.
- This title reminds me that I get "demur" and "demure" confused, which may be why I never use either.
Best things about this back cover:
- Fewer things are sexier than residuary legatees.
- Mosher Higley, who earned his name for his exuberance at '90s punk concerts.
- Erle Stanley Garnder has the signature of an insane person.
"The prosecution expects to prove that the defendant deliberately became a poisoner, a murderess, a blackmailer and became ensnared in the toils of her own iniquity."
Somehow "ensnared in the toils of her own iniquity" is a mess, metaphorically, but it's still awfully fun to say.
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