Title: Hell-Town in Texas
Author: Leslie Ernenwein
Cover artist: Uncredited
Estimated value: $15-20
Best things about this cover:
- Are there other kinds of towns in Texas?
- Despite appearing relatively generic, there's actually something spare, pared-down, and gorgeous about this cover. The pure blue background gives a sense of delicacy to the men and horses, and that dust is some kind of abstract magic. Just great.
- Books don't come in better condition than this. Off-the-shelf new. Sparkly, even.
Best things about this back cover:
- But what's his name!?
- Clyde Lambert grabbed a fish, but Marshal Terhune stopped him: "No, Clyde. Not Missouri Style. *Texas* Style." So they dueled with grapefruits.
- That's a pretty nice marshal sketch, truth be told. Only marshals and stone-cold fops can get away with an ascot like that.
Contacting the same friends who'd turned down the Oro Kid scheme, he found them eager to invest their savings in his sawmill proposition.
There's two great crime novel titles right there: "The Oro Kid Scheme" and "The Sawmill Proposition." You're welcome, writers.