Title: The Jugger
Author: Richard Stark (Donald Westlake)
Cover artist: Harry Bennett
Yours for: Not For Sale (part of the "Parker PBO" collection)
Best things about this cover:
- A bizarre constellation of color. Bit too much white space, but I kind of enjoy almost abstract feel to this one. Say what you will about Harry Bennet—he had a Style.
- Dude in foreground is ominous. Nice isolation of the billy club. Guy reminds me of any number of corrupt Jim Thompson sheriffs (a redundant phrase, I realize).
- This is another of my Powell's purchases. Paid too much for this one. Don't care. Must. Have. All. Parkers.
Best things about this back cover:
- It think my main objection to this era of Pocket Books is the ghastly base color of the spine (and, here, back cover). Pure puke.
- That "art" is useless.
- "Tiftus" is a fantastic name.
- "...the eyes of a pickpocket and the mouth of a whore." Dang. Vivid.
Page 123~ (actually p. 23, as p. 123 disappears between chapters)
Damn Tiftus! He kept talking all the time, talking as though he knew exactly what he was talking about, but he never said anything. Jabber jabber jabber, and nothing coming out.
Stark does great third-person subjective. Man, I gotta get back into this series. I took a break to read Gaiman and Questlove, and Aslan's Jesus bio comes out Tuesday ... stop writing for a second, people! I need to catch up.
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