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0040 Slam the Big Door

July 9, 2011

  • Title: Slam the Big Door
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1960
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Collection #: S961
  • ISBN-10: 0449009610
  • ISBN-13: 9780449009611
  • Cover Price: $0.35
  • Cover Artist: Milton Charles
  • Author of: Clemmie & The Beach Girls



I never can remember the plot of this story from the title. Then I read a synopsis and think “oh, that one”. Not bad. It’s yet another Florida story where people’s lives are slowly being ground into hamburger by evil or uncaring persons. I like the review that says “John D. MacDonald likes to punish his main characters”.

The cover of this first edition is really arresting. I have no idea if Milton Charles read the book or if the cover is supposed to represent any particular character or scene but yikes! As Peter & Gordon sang, “all the guys who dig strip-tease, praying for a little breeze”.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am the British hardcover version of Slam the Big Door, printed in 1961 by Robert Hale.

One Comment leave one →
  1. April 6, 2012 11:13 am

    Cover artist is Charles Binger his later work signing as ‘Charles’

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