Sunday, June 16, 2013

Paperback 662: The Saint in Europe / Leslie Charteris (Avon 611)

Paperback 662: Avon 611 (1st ptg, 1954)

Title: The Saint in Europe
Author: Leslie Charteris
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $10


Best things about this cover:
  • The Saint, starring in ... a PSA about V.D.
  • Her shoes are amazing.
  • Her dress isn't bad either.
  • I like how they're both standing in their own little pools of light. It's not a dynamic painting, but it's got an ambiguity and tension and sexiness that I like.


Best things about this back cover:
  • "Gayest!"
  • Cows that wear diamonds? Oh, Europe. 
  • I always did like that little Saint icon.

Page 123~

"Just think of me," said the Saint, "as a guy with a weakness for puzzles, and an incorrigible asker of questions."


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Random White Guy said...

the man from Paris who lost his head, from the neck up

Um, yeah, that's usually how you lose your head.

DemetriosX said...

The dame on the front may have great shoes and a great dress, but her face makes her look like she's way too long in the tooth for the game. That or "That's a man, baby!"

The car also bothers me. It seems to twist slightly behind the woman.

The Saint icon is good, but you seem to have missed it on the front cover. Maybe it's a coincidence and it always appears under the Avon logo, but it looks like Templar chalked it there out of boredom while he was staking the place out.

Back cover:"... the man... who lost his head, from the neck up". As opposed to the usual method of losing it from the neck down?