Saturday, October 6, 2018

Paperback 1037: Send Another Hearse / Harold Q. Masur (Dell 7737)

Paperback 1037: Dell 7737 (1st ptg, 1965)

Title: Send Another Hearse
Author: Harold Q. Masur
Cover artist: Greene (so he's just Greene, now? like Prince?) (see artist credit on back)

Condition: 10/10
Estimated value: $12
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Best things about this cover:
  • "I have other creative talents," whispered the brunette. Throatily, she added, "I hang wallpaper."
  • I love Scott Jordan's expression. "Just gonna light this cigarette and settle in to watch this wallpaper-hanger lady take her clothes off and ... [ding dong] ... what the!? Goddammit, why did I even bother getting a No Solicitors sign if no one's gonna ****ing RESPECT it!?"
  • I also love how jaded the title is. "Yep ... yeah ... I don't know, someone else died, I guess ... no we can't put 'em in the same hearse, you moron. SEND ANOTHER HEARSE!"
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Best things about this back cover:
  • That is not a martini glass. That is the Holy Grail.
  • "Scott"? Come on. P.I.s go by last names. You switch to "Jordan" eventually, so your dumb first-name gambit actually makes everything weirdly unclear. Nevermind that both "Scott" and "Jordan" can be both first and last names. It's a mess. Just stick with last names, and you're good, man.
  • What kind of chump just *opens* the hotel room door? No "Who is it?" or anything?
Page 123~
And, quite irrelevantly, I thought how various parts of the human anatomy behave differently under stress.
I think he's saying his penis is irrelevant, but who can be sure?

~RP

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2 comments:

cwf said...

I don't see anything about a hotel room there. That said, this is why when my doorbell broke a decade ago I just left it that way.

J. Kingston Pierce said...

The "Greene" here may refer to artist Darrell Greene, though I wouldn't swear to it. And this wouldn't be one of his best covers.

Cheers,
Jeff