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0054 The Empty Trap

July 23, 2011
0054 Empty Trap, The 531
  • Title: The Empty Trap
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1957
  • Publisher: Popular Library
  • Collection #: 830
  • Cover Price: $0.25
  • Cover Artist: Unknown


Here is the first edition of The Empty Trap, a pretty good story. It has the usual JDM hero: hard-working, honest, too honest for his own good, who falls for the girl with the gray eyes.

Actually, I don’t remember if the heroine has gray eyes, but with MacDonald, it’s a good bet. The cover is nicely done and gives me chills because I know what scene in the book it was drawn from. Too bad the illustration doesn’t fill the whole cover.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am the UK large print hardcover version of The Empty Trap, printed in 2002 by Ulverscroft (ISBN-10 0708947409 ISBN-13 9780708947401).

Update (9/25/2011): Found! Thanks, Richard. You can see it here.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Richard permalink
    September 24, 2011 11:35 am

    Well, I don’t think it’s going to make your list of favourite covers, but for what it’s worth:

    Purple Place For Dying
    • September 25, 2011 12:03 pm

      You rascal, you found it! I will henceforth double my payout to you for every cover found. I have not seen this one before, and I can’t decide how I feel about it. It certainly is very different. I’ll try to get it posted in reasonably short order. Thanks!


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