Title: Stop This Man!
Author: Peter Rabe
Cover artist: Darcy
Yours for: $14
Best things about this cover:
- A great, brutal cover marred only by the stupid slab of yellow Erskine at the top.
- Love the unfinished quality of painting toward the bottom, the obvious dilapidation on the ceiling, the dynamic use of perspective, the framing of his left hand in the dead middle of the page, the believable fear on her face, the simple, understated, off-center title ... all fantastic.
- Not sure what that shirt's made of though? Taffy?
Best things about this back cover:
- OK, is it "could not put this book down," or, as the cover clearly states, "couldn't put this book down." I call bullshit.
- I love (sarcastically) how this book basically belongs to Erskine Caldwell now. Sorry, Peter Rabe. I know it must be tough to get shown up on your own cover(s) by a 3-to-1 margin, but that's show business. Gotta move product.
- The NYT review clearly has no appreciation for how much I like "the lurid modern crime thriller."
They put handcuffs on the Turtle and put him in a police car. Then they drove him downtown, to the office of the FBI. The Turtle didn't say anything during the long ride. He didn't think that funny talk would make any difference any more.
Aw, c'mon, The Turtle, you're not trying hard enough. Do your Nixon impression!
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