Sunday, March 15, 2009

Paperback 207: Green Light for Death / Frank Kane (Readers-Choice Library No. 8)

Paperback 207: Readers-Choice Library No. 8 (1st ptg, 1950)

Title: Green Light for Death
Author: Frank Kane
Cover artist: [Blickenstaff]

Yours for: $25

Best things about this cover:

  • "Is that a naked banshee over there in the corner? Doing the Lambada? O man, I'm so wasted..."
  • "Misunderstanding the concept of "War on Drugs" completely, Johnny Liddell began firing randomly at the smoke that filled the room."
  • I have "marijuana!" written on the ID sticker on this book's plastic bag, but I can't find confirming evidence that pot is at all involved in this story. I will say, though, that there are references to cigarettes, pipes, and smoking in general on virtually every page.
  • Love love love the naked dancer's necklace, captured in mid-air. Lovely.
  • Also love the disaffected Brando look-alike at the small of her back. For some reason, in my mind, he is French.

Best things about this back cover:

  • Text!
  • I'm not sure "accident or suicide" really warrants quoting.

Page 123~

Liddell's eyes sought out Mike Lane where he sat gloating like an obscene Buddha, his tiny eyes fixed hungrily on the cavorting girl, his head nodding in time to the music.

Unless Mike Lane is a fat Asian hip-hop fan, this simile sucks.



Nicole "Gidget" Kalstein said...

"...too smart to fall of the end of a pier..." ???

There are situations in which no amount of smarts will keep you from accidentally falling off a pier...

Anonymous said...

I think I caught lung cancer just looking at that cover.

JRSM said...

Wonderful! I have this cover on a t-shirt. Classiest thing I own.

Pax said...

Wouldn't your French Brando on the great cover be the Mike Lane in the text or is it just me?