Title: The Talking Clock
Author: Frank Gruber
Cover artist: H. Lawrence Hoffman
Yours for: $14
Best things about this cover:
- Very early Penguin. More woodcut than painting. Not terribly exciting, but interesting as a historical curiosity.
- That's a 'stache variety you rarely see anymore. I'm gonna call it the "Germanic shopkeep."
- This book is really well made. Spine lean and reading crease, but tight as hell, with perfectly even (and white pages). I think production quality might've dipped in future years.
- According to interior inscription, this book was once owned by Laura Burns of 14642 Bringard Drive, Somewhere, U.S.A.
Best things about this back cover:
- "Blurb, schmurb—buy some more of our damned books!"
"Hello, Madigan," he said. "I see the punk's talked to you."I don't know what's happening here, but I do know this book has a woman named Bonita Quisenberry in it, which is more than enough for me. If I ever met a woman named Bonita Quisenberry, I would immediately ask her to run away with me. Or bake me a pie.
Punk?" exclaimed Johnny. "Why the Lieutenant and I are practically pals. I help him solve his case. The tough ones."
Lieutenant Madigan grunted. "You know what happened in Hillcrest? And you, Mrs. Quisenberry?"
Bonita Quisenberry's face was like old ivory, yellow and hard.
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