Saturday, February 13, 2016

Paperback 923: Crime-Craft / ed. Anthony Boucher (Corgi S488)

Paperback 923: Corgi S 488 (1st ptg, 1957)

Title: Crime-Craft—as demonstrated in fifteen topline stories by The Mystery Writers of America
Editor: Anthony Boucher
Cover artist: Oliver Brabbins

Estimated value: $30

Best things about this cover:
  • My kingdom for a corgi who fetches books
  • That is possibly the most generic hard-boiled face of all time
  • Angry Military Dude's Face, brought to you by Nike
  • This book is gorgeous, bright, square ... and English. How it ended up in the US, at a university book sale, I do not know.

Best things about this back cover:
  • That is ... pretty low-frills
  • The one thing this bland back cover does is highlight how nice that Corgi logo is
  • Look for the Corgi dog ... which you will be able to identify as a Corgi only by the proximity of the letters "C O R G I," so ... look for those too.

Page 123~ (from "The Fuzzy Things" by D.B. Olsen)

"Keep the child's ears covered," Miss Rachel told Dorothy. She met Mr. Thackley's frantic stare. "The sea cliff," she said softly.

This is some creepy, gothic stuff. Also, that last sentence is pretty, in a lilting, iambic kind of way. "'The sea cliff,' she said, softly...."


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A said...

Definitely the most generic cover possible, but I actually think the content could be fabulous. There are a number of amazing authors in this compilation.

vintagehoarder said...

It's difficult to design a cover for an anthology that isn't generic--but this one, at least, promises good stuff inside. (And I'm sure there was a Corgi or two in the pile of books I picked up last weekend!)