Title: The Eight of Swords
Author: John Dickson Carr
Cover artist: Robert Maguire
Yours for: $9
- First things first: that dress is Hot.
- Apparently he did *not* mean "Eight of Spades" and did *not* appreciate being interrupted.
- The perspective here is weird, creepy, and visually arresting. I like this cover despite its being one of the more aggressive examples of the weapon-to-crotch motif.
- Maybe he's just tickling her. Or maybe she's not real and we're witnessing some strange sword-painting technique.
- Maguire is my favorite cover artist of all time. I love how he didn't even bother finishing this painting. "Uh, Mr. Maguire, sir, were you going to finish this painting, or ..." "YOU DON'T TELL BOB MAGUIRE WHEN HIS PAINTINGS ARE FINISHED. BOB MAGUIRE TELLS YOU!"
Best things about this back cover:
- The N.Y. Herald Tribune makes Mr. Carr sound like a mystery rapist.
- I like Dr. Gideon Fell because his name is a complete sentence.
- Strangely, the thing I like best about this cover is the font on the publisher's address.
Spinelli's lip lifted in a sardonic quirk. He sniggered. "Hey, are you a dick?" he asked.
If you like sardonic sniggering, this is your book.
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