Friday, November 9, 2012

Paperback 580: The Black Angel / Cornell Woolrich (Avon Murder Mystery Monthly 27)

Paperback 580: Avon Murder Mystery Monthly 27 (1st ptg, 1944)

Title: The Black Angel
Author: Cornell Woolrich
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $30

MMM27.BlackAngel
Best things about this cover:
  • She-Bat!
  • I do love Skeleton Warhol.
  • This book's kind of beat up, but it's complete, it's intact, and a 1944 Woolrich is a 1944 Woolrich (this was part of a stash of books I pulled out of a coastal Oregon bookstore this past summer—the rest of the stash to be covered in the books that follow)

MMM27bc.BlackAngel
Best things about this back cover:
  • That's a pretty rare Chandler right there. I don't really have anything else to say about this back cover. You can see the foxing and tanning near the spine there ("foxing" and "tanning" being fun words I learned in the process of collecting).

Page 123~
"Don't ever call me that name," I said shakily. "Don't even say it over a second time now to remind yourself what ti was. Don't use it again, Ladd, or I'll — you'll never see me again. Call me any other name, anything you want. Anything but that."
Rejected lyrics from Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al."

~RP

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7 comments:

Michael5000 said...

"Rejected lyrics from Paul Simon's 'You Can Call Me Al.'" = : D You can totally make them work!

Which Oregon Coastal town, do you remember?

Rex Parker said...

Gold Beach

Michael5000 said...

One town south of the home town. Might have to investigate the Gold Beach used bookstore scene next time I visit the parents.

JamiSings said...

Hm - whenever I looked at that image I never thought Skeleton Warhol. I always thought Skeleton Lord Fauntleroy. You know, after he's went from "Little Lord Fauntleroy" to "Big Lord Fauntleroy" and then died.

bertilak knight said...

Murder Mystery Monthly looks like it was a pretty good publisher!

The three authors mentioned are all top-shelf a-list authors.

Cornell Woolrich, Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie make a hard-to-beat lineup!

infoqueen said...

http://www.amazon.com/Slightly-Foxed-Desirable-Searles-Collecting/dp/028562945X

Deb said...

Late to the party, and inforqueen beat me to it, but there's a great book about book-collecting lingo called "Slighly Foxed, But Still Desirable," with amusing illustrations to accompany the rather arcane phrases.