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0086 Area of Suspicion

August 24, 2011

  • Title: Area of Suspicion
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: about 1978
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Collection #: 14008-3
  • ISBN-10: 0449140083
  • ISBN-13: 9780449140086
  • Cover Price: $1.75
  • Cover Artist: Robert McGinnis
  • Author of: Condominium


This 1978 version of Area of Suspicion is typical for JDM paperbacks of that time. When The Dreadful Lemon Sky became MacDonald’s first best seller in 1976, Fawcett redesigned his entire paperback line, using the “mod” font for his name throughout. This lasted until about 1983 and is a good way to determine the approximate date.

About the same time, Fawcett started going to smaller artwork, with a tendancy towards montages. This McGinnis cover just doesn’t have the pop that his older work had.

Update (03/12/2012): I just picked up a copy of this edition and it has no date, but the Condominium plug and the author font still point to 1977, approximately, so I’ve changed the publication date to reflect this.

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