Title: When Strangers Meet
Author: Robert Bloomfield
Cover artist: Robert Abbott (is this the same guy as "Robert Abbett"—experts, please advise)
Yours for: $12
Best things about this cover:
- The palette on this thing is insane. It's like the painting is badly rusted. I love it.
- I love how the cover is dynamic and violent but his eyes are still and icy and looking right at you.
- Not usually a fan of cursive fonts, but this one has a combination of sass and formality that I really like.
- Everyone dressed better in 1957.
Best things about this back cover:
- I love how they tell you the amount down to the penny.
- One lasting impact that "Rocky IV" had on the world is that I can't take the name "Dolph" seriously.
- It's a crossword solver's delight through the middle of this cast: ANSEL! NELDA! ODON! Those are all names built for heavy grid action.
- How can you not love the word "hoofer"?
- Apparently there was a time when one could be a "mysterious young uranium prospector" and no one would bat an eye.
- If Odon Kovach "crossed the border illegally, the first question that presents itself is: which border, exactly?
But his gross, florid features revealed nothing of his thoughts. He was still taciturn, still dour and surly.
Robert Bloomfield scored in the 87th percentile on his SAT Verbal. Or so I'd infer from this passage.
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