Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Paperback 636: You Can't See Around Corners / Jon Cleary (Popular Library 497)

Paperback 636: Popular Library 497 (1st ptg, 1953)

Title: You Can't See Around Corners
Author: Jon Cleary
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $16


Best things about this cover:
  • Furious that Steve doubted her ability to see around corners, Beverly grabbed Steve's tie and then plunged her left hand into the back of his skull.
  • I'm assuming that's Frankie McCoy back there on the park bench, 'cause I have a hard time seeing this awkward earnest pinhead as a "hoodlum." Looks more like a teaching assistant.
  • I am a big fan of her dress, and of the idea that she is about to throw him to the ground, Judo-style.


Best things about this back cover:
  • Double Fear Hand!
  • Why did he give his money to horses? They're notoriously bad investors and lack opposable thumbs with which to hold money.
  • It's like that dude's having a hard time deciding who to shiv: the giant leprechaun or the blue-haired 8th-grader.

Page 123~
She faced him and he got a good look at her. He was glad he had come over: she had not spoken, had not accepted him, yet he was already seeing beyond the dance hall, seeing what might come later, tasting her potentialities. She was blonde but Nature had been aided; her eyes were frank and with long lashes, the best feature in her round, slightly plump face; she was tall and big and high-breasted, her body alive and strong, earthily sexual in the tight green dress. The night should be interesting.

First, "frank"!

Second, if you ever want to kill a mood, or add a creepy vibe to any situation, just use the phrase "tasting her potentialities."


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Tulse said...

"the girls came easier" is at best 1.25 entendre.

Random White Guy said...

Frankie sure looks a lot like Dick Clark.

And despite what the title claims, I can see around corners. All I need is a mirror.

Anonymous said...

This was turned into a TV series in late 60s quote Wikipedia: "The series garnered controversy on release because of a scene where Frankie runs his hand up Margie's skirt. (Rowena) Wallace says she had no idea (Ken) Shorter was going to do this, which is why her reaction was so authentic. Many stations around Australia cut the scene."


B Smith

Pat said...

You know a book is in trouble when the reviewer delivers a better line than anything that could be in the book.
"A solar-plexus punch. . ."!

Unknown said...

At first glance that back cover looked like the dance (jitterbug) party in the opening of Mullholand Drive.