Sunday, September 28, 2008

Paperback 144: The Girl from Las Vegas (J.M. Flynn) / To Have and to Kill (Robert Martin) (Ace Double F-111)

Paperback 144: Ace Double F-111 (PBO / 1st ptg, 1961)

Title: The Girl from Las Vegas / To Have and To Kill
Author: J.M. Flynn / Robert Martin
Cover artist: uncredited / uncredited

Yours for: $10

Best things about this cover:

  • Q: What's the one thing that could upstage a half-naked, armed redhead reclining on your hotel room bed?
  • A: Those pants
  • This cover makes me feel funny ... I like that she's, uh, packing heat, but does she have to hold it like that. It's making me worried/confused. I think she's ordering me to kneel, but ... I'm scared to ask why.
  • It's like Ann-Margaret killed "I Dream of Jeannie," stole her hair, and then ran off to Las Vegas to, I don't know ... let's say, join Clown College.

Best things about this cover:

  • "Aaargh, Krull angry. Who paint words on Krull's back? Krull make someone pay for cleaning bill..."
  • "Abridged" - HA ha. "Long story short, he married her, killed her, and then carried her half-shod corpse over the threshold. Cue the music, fade to black, roll credits."
  • I should be keeping track of all the low-rent outfits that provide blurbs for my books. The Charleston News & Courier!? When did anyone ever take reading advice from South Carolina? (No offense, guys ... Go Gamecocks!)
Page 123~

He had shaved and changed into a light blue short-sleeved shirt and gray cord slacks. His attire surprised me a little, perhaps because I had subconsciously expected him to wear a dark mourning suit and somber tie. He still looked tired; eyes sunken, dark half moons beneath them. I leaned back in the chair and said, "Hi."

-from To Have and To Kill



Corey Wilde said...

What with the eyes on The Girl From Las Vegas? Did her head just stop spinning or what?

justjack said...

Something's seriously wrong with Vegas Girl's spine, too. According to the way her panties are angled, her hips/waist are all cockeyed.

To Have And To Kill: Now a major motion picture, starring Ronald Reagan and Sandra Dee!

Michael5000 said...

And, she doesn't seem to have knees.

It is, I have to say, a disappointingly lucid p. 123.