Title: Moment of Untruth
Author: Ed Lacy
Cover artist: illegible [underneath and perpendicular to guy's right arm] [Al Parker?]
Yours for: $8
Best things about this cover:
- This is seriously the dumbest-looking cover hero I've seen in a while. Looks like he's wearing a shorty terrycloth robe. Also, like he's carrying a giant woman's purse while not wearing pants.
- "We need to play on the phrase 'Moment of Truth'..." "Oooh, I have an idea ..."
- There's "earth tones" ... and then there's feces. And we're *right* on the border here.
- Not sure I like what he's doing to that poor girl with that gun.
- I call ellipsis abuse.
- That woman needs to Dominate this cover. What the hell were the designers thinking?
- "Mexico: Come for the Food and the Fun, Stay for the Taut Immediacy"
Best things about this back cover:
- TOUIE! That is a name I can get behind.
- "He was a Negro, and at age forty he knew exactly what that meant." Unfortunately, I have no idea exactly what that means.
- Copywriting has apparently been given over to some randomizing algorithm. "Random assertion ... Random plot point ... ELLIPSIS!"
"Ask, does a woman pilot this second plane with the two engines?" I said, feeling the excitement well up within me.
When the kid translated, the godmother shook her head, seemed to indicate a woman by pointing to her own flat breasts.
This may be the most implausible breast-related action I've ever heard of. I'm trying to imagine this happening in a way that isn't entirely comical and/or enigmatic. I mean, it's a yes/no question, why in the world would she point to her own breasts? It's a redundant, ridiculous move.
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