Monday, March 24, 2008

Paperback 78: Slaughter Street / Louis Falstein (Pyramid G437)

Paperback 78: Pyramid G437 (1st ptg, 1959)

Title: Slaughter Street
Author: Louis Falstein
Cover artist: Victor Kalin

YOURS FOR: $12 (SOLD - 4/18/08)

Best things about this cover:

  • "... and even her fierce, shameless love would be no shield" - lying in bed naked gets my vote for Least Effective Shield of All Time
  • This cover is So good - so many of my favorite cover elements: naked redhead, smoking guy with gun, motel (I imagine), etc.

Best things about this back cover:

Sorry, I stopped reading at "bowels"


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Paperback 77: Murder Twice Told / Donald Hamilton (Gold Medal d1623)

Paperback 77: Gold Medal d1623 (1st ptg, 1966)

Title: Murder Twice Told
Author: Donald Hamilton
Cover artist: N/A


"Trapper John, M.D. will kill you and your whole family if the price is right."


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Paperback 76: I Am Fifteen - And I Don't Want to Die / Christine Arnothy (Popular-Eagle Library EB95)

Paperback 76: Popular-Eagle Books EB95 (1st ptg, 1957)

Title: I Am Fifteen - and I Don't Want to Die
Author: Christine Arnothy
Cover artist: Mitchell Hooks


Best things about this cover:

  • It's hard to make fun of a 15-year-old who does not want to die, particularly when the people who might kill her are Nazis.
  • This book was apparently published in order to capitalize on the brief vogue in diaries written by young girls hiding from Nazis.
  • She's pretty chic for a war victim.
  • This cover is slightly boring (not nearly Hooks's best work) but I do love the barbed wire detail around her ankles, and the color of the sky.


Friday, March 7, 2008

Chronicle Of Higher Education article on my crossword blog

You'll need to click on it at least once to enlarge it and make it legible ...