Title: Spill the Jackpot
Author: A.A. Fair (Erle Stanley Gardner)
Cover artist: Harry Bennett
Estimated value: $10-15
- So. Great. It's like a rogue's gallery of hot and shady '60s people.
- Redhead's cigarette is freaking me out. Like some sixth finger that got horribly bent backwards.
- Just genius to use the margins of the cover this way. The encroachment of text, to the point of total visual dominance, is of course one of the most lamentable trends in paperback history. This cover responds to that trend not by shrinking the art (which often happened) but by incorporating the text into the art, making the margins the place of real action. It's superior cover design.
- Man, that "VEGAS" font is god-awful—totally out of sync, period-wise, with the cool-modern front cover.
- Oh wow, that's a rake. I had to look at that visual element very closely to figure that out. This back cover is the Bizarro version of the front cover, i.e. it's Terribly designed.
- "Jaded pleasure seekers"! I relate to these people. JPS4LIFE!
Somehow, looking at her, you felt she hadn't been to bed and that she wasn't accustomed to going to sleep before daylight.
Coincidentally, Vampire Weekend was playing on the radio when I typed this out.
P.S. I found this immaculate Detective Book Club offer card sleeping safely in the pages of this book.
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