Title: Harlem Underground
Author: Ed Lacy
Cover artist: Harry Schaare
Yours for: $13
Best things about this cover:
- Sleeper hold!
- Interesting variation on the noir street scene. You got your bar and your rain-slicked streets (or so I imagine), but apparently in Harlem there are brown/purple overtones, sliced through with neon red. Interesting effect.
- Not one but *two* floating heads. Highly unusual.
- I like how the big floating head appears to be looking down on some earlier version of himself, going "Damn, did I do that? That's cold."
- You can see Schaare's signature right under the big head's right eye. Unless that says "Espresso." It's pretty smudgy.
Best things about this back cover:
- Wait, *I*'m a rookie cop? But I already have ... OK, fuck it, sure, I'm in.
- As street names go, "Purple Eye" seems kind of limp.
- There's something quaint about how much terror the word "H-Bomb" apparently packed in 1965. Also, do H-Bombs have fuses? Serious question.
Breathing deeply I not only wanted to get out of Harlem, I wanted to take a rocket away from our mixed-up planet.
Again with the cold war / space race fantasies. This book is adorable.
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