Thursday, May 17, 2012

Paperback 528: Palm Beach Apartment / Gail Jordan (Pyramid 15)

Paperback 528: Pyramid 15 (1st ptg, 1949)

Title: Palm Beach Apartment
Author: Gail Jordan
Cover artist: George Geygan

Yours for: $14

Best things about this cover:
  • "Let's see ... I just need to get a closer look, and ... yep, that's an Adam's apple. Dang."
  • Larry's bra-removing technique was so awkward and laborious and Gayle fell asleep before he was done.
  • I honestly can't conceive of the context that would justify this particular arrangement of bodies. He's not dipping her, or lifting her, and yet she appears somewhat suspended. It's *possible* he's laying her down on the ... ground? Beach? Maybe their "love nest" is an actual nest. "They lived and loved like plovers!" That would "set the whole town talking," I imagine.

Best things about this back cover:

  • "His ward," ha ha. She's Robin to his Batman.
  • "'Hands off' Hester" is kind of a great nickname.
  • I love the way the quotation marks alert us to these new-fangled expressions like "hands off" and "nice people."
  • OK, now I understand the front cover. That's just Sam awakening to Hester's ripe womanhood. He's sniffing her to confirm that she's ripe.

Page 123~
    Hendy said sharply, "You told him?"
    Hester's eyes were wide. "Of course" she answered as though she thought the question too silly to merit a response.

Hendy & Hester! Coming this fall to NBC ("We've got a few holes to fill in our lineup").


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Anonymous said...

The guy looks a lot like a young Robert Young. I figured he was probably laying her down on the bed.

Lisa in Oz said...

PS "This video is not available in your country." *sulks* I want to see The Paperbacks!

Rex Parker said...

Sucks—can you see this?


Pat said...

Hester Prynne?

Deniz Bevan said...

Video not available to be viewed in Canada...