Friday, April 17, 2015

Paperback 870: Saigon / Nick Carter (Award Books A122F)

Paperback 870: Award Books A122F (PBO, 1964)

Title: Saigon
Author: Nick Carter [Michael Avallone & Valerie Moolman]
Cover artist: Uncredited

Estimated value: $7

Best things about this cover:

  • Nothing says "Saigon" like a white lady in lacy lingerie on a candy-striped couch. I always say.
  • Nick Carter is the Ellery Queen of spy "chillers." Is he the author? The character? Both? Neither? The Smug Floating Head of Nick Carter says "Don't overthink it, baby. Just chill on my couch and I'll bring you a drink. [looks at her hand] OK, five drinks."

Best things about this back cover:

  • Spy vs. Spy > this.
  • If you're a big fan of torture / rape, then … "Saigon," I guess. Jeez.
  • Nick Carter went on to make millions in the exercise equipment market, though sales didn't really take off until he changed "Killmaster" to "Thighmaster."

Page 123~

The blade flicked from the narrow haft without a whisper. Nick crouched. Sighted. And threw. The head turned slightly. Beautiful!

Nick Carter: Eroticizing Ice-Pick Death Scenes Since 1964


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Unknown said...

"the sixth in the all-new Nick Carter series"

... I'll just leave that there.

Rex Parker said...

They used to release them 13 at a time, like on Netflix.

renke said...

According to WP this Nick Carter story was written by Michael Avallone and Valerie Moolman (with a reference, but I don't know the validity of the sourced site).

Rex Parker said...

Not sure what "WP" is, but I'll include the author info. Thanks,

renke said...

Wikipedia :)