Title: Main Line
Author: Livingston Biddle, Jr.
Cover artist: Barton
Yours for: $9
Best things about this cover:
- Slouchy guy's expression is priceless. I can almost hear him going "Pfft. Dames. Whaddyagonnado?"
- I love the action in this painting, but her face doesn't look quite … attached. Almost like she's holding a face-mask up to her real face as she runs.
- This painting has amazing street-level details. The cracks in the sidewalk, the guys on the stoop, the red awning, the hot dog / Italian ice vendor. It's a cool action street shot unlike almost anything I've seen on my paperback covers.
Best things about this back cover:
- The '50s, when things you might say to a cabbie were considered erotic.
- "Uh, I said 'Take me to a hotel,' not 'Take me to a shabby downtown hotel.'"
- I like how they are going to have one of those so-called, quote unquote "one-night stands." Oh, the saucy lingo.
"That's true … I can't offer Cassandra security in the terms you outline—but I honestly believe I can make her happy."
"You have found a place to take my daughter?"
"Where is it?"
This is an awfully dark game of 20 questions.
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