Title: Honey in the Flesh
Author: G. G. Fickling
Cover artist: Harry Schaare
Yours for: Must keep, if only for back cover
Best things about this cover:
- I'm finding her cleavage both sexy and distracting. It's great if you don't think too much, but there's something proportionally and positionally off about her (mostly not visible) left breast. Like it's high and up and in. I actually love her dress and wish I could see more of it. And of course the gun is the perfect accessory.
- Hurray for female private eyes, of whom there were (pre-1980s) far, far too few.
- "The bodies beautiful" must be referencing some concept that had currency once that I don't know about. I feel like I've heard of "the body beautiful set" before, but that may be from some other, cheesier paperback that I own. That's a very romance-language construction (noun adjective). English doesn't normally ... do that.
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Best things about this back cover:
- Straight-up Hall-of-Fame back cover concept. You know how dull these things can be. But this? Visually arresting and also kind of hilarious (I mean the "Age" and "Physical Description" parts, not the dead parents part).
- Not the best insurance application "photo" I've ever seen. Or maybe it is, as I don't think I've ever seen one.
- God bless a book with a clear cover artist credit.
- Honey West and Mark Storm, your News 5 Weather Team.
"I've read about guys like you."Eventually, Godot shows up.
"They get their kicks by squeezing two things at the same time."
"I don't follow you, Honey."
"The second squeeze is on the trigger."
"The one you've got buried in my ribs."
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