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0060 The Price of Murder

July 29, 2011
0060 Price Of Murder, The 1002  

  • Title: The Price of Murder
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1958
  • Publisher: Dell
  • Collection: First Edition
  • Collection #: A152
  • Cover Price: $0.25
  • Cover Artist: Victor Kalin


Great cover here. Victor Kalin does a tremendous job on this first edition. The girl is either in ecstasy, or has just been backhanded. The tagline, though, sounds like a backhanded compliment:

When better mysteries are written, MacDonald will write them.

Sounds like we’re still waiting for someone to write one.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am a US version of The Price of Murder, printed in 1972 by Fawcett as Gold Medal T2310.

Update: (08/21/2020) Found it!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2013 10:03 pm

    I have this cover and it is fantastic! Victor Kalin is one of my favourites. However, if you look closely that is a black-gloved hand pulling her head back… so no backhand and (probably) not ecstasy… I’d say she’s unconscious.
    By the way… if I didn’t say it before, this blog is excellent! Great work.

    Steve Wallace

    • August 21, 2020 8:11 pm

      You’re right. I never noticed the gloved hand. That changes everything.

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