Author: Jack Karney
Cover artist: Stanley Zuckerberg
Yours for: $10
Best things about this cover:
- I love this cover so much it hurts. Where to begin?
- The framing! They're apart, but together, but apart, but ... and such a contrast in tone. Male/female. Calm/kinetic. White/pink. Dressed/undressed. Professional/domestic. On and on. And on. And their expressions! Revealing but enigmatic. Is he here to arrest her? Sleep with her? Both? And how does she feel about that? Excited? Headachey? Feels like there's a thousand pages of subtext in this one shot.
- The pink! Such a bold color choice, and the last color you'd expect to have "COP" written over the top of it.
- The title! Bold, simple, and apparently, by its slight angle, printed on the surface of the door ...
- The detail! The careful positioning of his hand, the texture of the metal fixtures on the door, the stockings, the cigarette. A thousand points of awesome.
- Total lack of blurb / cover copy. Exactly the right choice for this cover. I'll supply my own overheated blurb, thanks.
Best things about this back cover:
- "Get wise!" I love how this book talks. Stop making me love you so much, "Cop"!
- OMG, the back cover is talking not to me, but to Joe! And I'm just eavesdropping, I guess.
- The problem of Joe's "conscience" says a lot about that front cover—shake her down? Take her to bed? Walk away? Does it matter?
For the next five minutes the cab driver told Joe what he thought of cops in general, citing cases to prove his point that the hackie and the policeman were natural enemies. When he finished, he said,
"I can smell a cop a mile off. Fact, I just look at a guy and can tell how he makes a buck. You look like a lawyer."Swing and a miss, hackie!
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