Title: 24 Hours to Kill
Author: James McKimmey
Cover artist: Robert McGinnis
Yours for: $10
Best things about this cover:
- Dishevelment, thy name is this lady.
- I like the double entendre of this title: "She had 24 hours to kill ... everyone in the room!"
- Let me answer the obvious question: yes, Robert McGinnis painted everything in sight from about 1957-64. Every paperback cover, every magazine cover, every line on every freeway, etc.
- Her slip is behaving oddly ... in relation to gravity, I mean. It's somehow coming together in a lacy, snowflaky formation to prevent us from getting the upskirt view we all so richly deserve.
- Her smirk is killer.
Best things about this back cover:
- Paradox! The back cover copy writer's second-best friend after HYPERBOLE!
- I want a business card that states my occupation as "Killer-hero of the state's young punks."
- "Teen-age" my eye. I mean, look at her feet. Those bunions say a hard-worn 28, minimum.
He blinked, stunned. Then he said, "I'll be right down, Rod." He hung up and picked up the machine gun. "Stay here, Sue. Lock the door and don't leave this office under any circumstance." He strode out and down the marble steps, trying to control the wild anger surging in him. . . .
I find that when I'm trying to control my wild, surging anger, I'm more often successful when I'm *not* holding a machine gun.
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