Title: Sleep with the Devil
Author: Day Keene
Cover artist: sadly, uncredited
Yours for: $15
Best things about this cover:
- One of my favorites for a number of reasons, most notably the unusually cartoony style of drawing. It's like I'm looking at a still from a modern animated noir series (which should exist— "Archer" is great, but I'd love something more noirish and serious).
- Hate to break this to you lady, but in a number of different ways, that dude is Not Interested.
- Her robe is awesomely foldy. This cover owes half its lineage to Japanese artists like Hokusai and the other half to Saturday morning cartoons.
- I went through a big Day Keene phase in the '90s. Didn't everyone?
- Perhaps my favorite part of this book is the bookshop stamp—in case you can't read it, this book was once the property of the "JUNQUE SHOPPE" (of Hoquiam, WA). All "-unk" words should be spelled that way. Junque in the trunque!
- The name "Hoquiam" comes from a Native-American word meaning "hungry for wood" (wikipedia), as in "The lady on this cover looks very Hoquiam."
Best things about this back cover:
- Again with the cartoony greatness.
- Her hair looks like a topographic map.
- I thought maybe the designer was trying to get an acrostic going, but I don't think LWAJ means anything.
- Ferron! "... he began to erase himself from existence." Look, he's almost done! Just the head to go!
He wished now he hadn't been so greedy. He wished he had listened to Lydia. If they had gone away together, as she had wanted to, they could be nearing the Newark airport. By noon, late afternoon at the latest, they could be in Miami, lolling in the sun, with nothing to do but get drunk and spend Whit's money and make love.The Miami tourism bureau needs to hire this writer. I've never had the slightest desire to go to Miami, but now it's all I can think of.
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