The P. Morrison Donations #7
Title: Steve Bentley's Calypso Caper
Author: Robert Dietrich (pseud. of E. Howard Hunt)
Cover artist: Tom Miller
Best things about this cover:
- Quite a nice female figure, but unfortunately crowded and partially obscured by garish text.
- Her hair is gorgeous, from a painting perspective. I mean, you wouldn't want hair that actually looked like that (the "color" alone is frightening), but that's some nice, fine, confident brushwork.
- The more I look at that title font, the more it looks like it was created by a toddler with dull scissors. Terrible.
- Who gets this made up and spangled while also getting practically naked? Seems like a lot of work.
I should start tagging books that use the hackneyed "—to murder!" / "—of murder!" / "—by murder!" finish.
Best things about this back cover:
- "They found the naked body of Victor Polo!" Oh sure, tease me with the near-naked body of that woman on the cover and then bait-and-switch me with the naked (and dead) body of some guy named Victor Polo. He's probably not even hot.
- "And me, Steve Bentley." HA ha. Least meaningful name drop ever. "And me—Steve Bentley ... [cough] ... [tumbleweed] ... you know. Steve Bentley! ... come on! ... [crickets] ..."
The bartendress uttered a laugh like the caw of a robber crow.First, some words were not meant to have feminine forms. Second, I wondered for a split-second what a rubber crow was supposed to sound like.
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