Sunday, November 29, 2015

Paperback 915: Murder in Room 13 / Albert Conroy (Gold Medal 806)

Paperback 915: Gold Medal 806 (PBO, 1958)

Title: Murder in Room 13
Author: Albert Conroy
Cover artist: Uncredited

Estimated value: $6-8

Best things about this cover:
  • Women Falling Backwards Over Beds Or Couches should really be a "Tag" on this blog. Happens all the time, or at least, let's say, six times.
  • This looks like Barye Phillips, but there's no art credit, so ... Uncredited.
  • I think the figure departing via the door is supposed to look sinister, but instead he looks cartoonishly cornball. Like some combination of Peter Lorre and Boris Badinov and a badger.
  • I think the giant "13" is where it is because the artist kind of screwed up her middle section. Foreshortening of the body is all wrong and her boobs are just ... odd ... somehow.

Best things about this back cover:
  • The evidence! Now in dramatic yellow!
  • This reads like the most generic crime story pitch of all time. It's got all the elements. Ex-pug. Alcoholic haze. Motel. Raincoat. I mean, I'd be *in* if you gave me even the *slightest* reason to care.
  • Murderer! Now in dramatic italics!

Page 123~

"What the hell do you want?" She sounded surly-drunk.

This novel probably sucks, but I'd say this guy's compound adjective skills are at least promising.


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vintagehoarder said...

I think her boobs look funny because she's lying head down and her boobs are pointing *up* towards her feet. They're weird gravity defying boobs!

DemetriosX said...

The guy sneaking out the door looks like he was drawn by Charles Addams. Maybe that's why there's no art credit: woman by Phillips, man by Addams.