Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Paperback 735: The Wanton / Carter Brown (Signet 1713)

Paperback 735: Signet 1713 (1st ptg, 1959)

Title: The Wanton
Author: Carter Brown
Cover artist: Barye Phillips

Yours for: $8


Best things about this cover:
  • "Emerging from the giant green space womb on her ornate hovercraft, Suzie began putting her magnetic hands to work..."
  • Spangle tights!
  • Wantons sure sit funny.


Best things about this back cover:
  • Carter Brown, Private Accountant
  • "Mom says I'm not supposed to smoke around the typewriter, but … I'm kind of a rebel."
  • "…with death" — just add it to anything you happen to be saying for more drama.
  • Who is Mavis Seidlitz and how do I get my hands on one of her (her?) mysteries?

Page 123~

Late the following afternoon, I sat in the visitor's chair—the one with springs—and watched the beaming smile on the Sheriff's face.

Because visitors like to *bounce* *bounce* *bounce* ….


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1 comment:

Mo said...

Mavis Seidlitz sounds kind of interesting:

"Yates's female hero was the curvaceous private detective Mavis Seidlitz, whose feminine weapons are more prominent than her mental capacities. Mavis works with Johnny Rio, who believes that thinking is his department and do not give her difficult cases. Rio appears on the scene when Mavis is in trouble. In Good Morning, Mavis (1957?) she travels to New Orleans, where she is kissed several times during Mardi Grass festival and proposed once. Her client is killed and becomes a zombie – or so Mavis believes. She is kidnapped by a monk and a jester and then saved by an undercover detective from the district attorney's office.
"Mavis works In The Bump and Grind Murders (1964) as a stripper to catch a killer. She plays a bodyguard to a frightened 'exotic dancer' and reveals her knowledge of Russian literature: '... he was just like one of the characters in that book the college boy I dated a few times used to read to me: it was written by some Russian who had enough sense to write it in English so we could read it, and it was called The Brother Caramba's Off! I guess if he could write it in English, I couldn't object to him using Spanish in the title.' Other Mavis stories include Honey, Here's Your Hearse (1955), A Bullet for My Baby (1955), and Lament for a Lousy Lover (1960)."