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0092 A Bullet for Cinderella

August 30, 2011
  • Title: A Bullet for Cinderella
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1985
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Collection #: 1246-2
  • Cover Price: $2.95
  • Cover Artist: Robert McGinnis
  • Author of: One More Sunday


This is a typical mid-1980’s JDM. Fawcett has ditched the “mod” font for the author and the art is a montage representing elements of the story without actually illustrating a scene from the book. Robert McGinnis did a lot of these covers; it’s a shame that he didn’t get a better opportunity to exercise his talents.

Update (04/26/2013): This is the 12th or 13th printing so it was issued in 1985 or 1986.

Update (09/25/2013): It turns out this is the 12th printing so 1985 is correct.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am a USA paperback version of A Bullet for Cinderella, printed in 1985 by Fawcett and almost certainly under the Gold Medal imprint (ISBN-10 0449129462, ISBN-13 9780449129463). I’ll bet you a nickel that I look just like the cover above.

Update (03/18/2012): You should have taken me up on the bet. I just acquired this edition (thanks, Freiler) and although it uses the same McGinnis artwork, it uses the “circle” motif that was the last dance for so many JDM books. I’ll post it soon.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2011 4:44 pm

    This cover reminds me of similar covers for Joseph Wambaugh’s more absurd and comedic novels he wrote in the 80s and 90s. It has the overlapping reds and muddy look which in Wambaugh signifies Southern California. The artwork of a single image would sometimes continue past the cover and onto the first page. This would be followed by small character bios. It really put you in the mood to read the novel. Keep up the great blog.

    • September 12, 2011 6:25 am

      Thanks for the encouragement. I’m not familiar with Wambaugh’s covers, and a quick Go-ogle search didn’t help much; you can’t find much except front covers only. I like wraparound and overflow art, so I’ll be on the lookout.

    • September 20, 2011 4:53 pm

      I am not familiar with Joseph Wambaugh so I took a tour through the sludge that is the internet and I see what you mean about the overlapping reds. Which book would you recommend for a Wambaugh newbie? And thanks for your encouragement.

      • September 20, 2011 5:48 pm

        Wambaugh has experimented with quite a few different styles so I guess it depends what form of crime writing is your preference. His early novels, ‘The Blue Knight’, ‘The Choirboys’, ‘The New Centurions’ present a gritty realistic depiction of LAPD cops. The monotony, bureaucratic nature of the work with the occasional outbreak of violence. They also present a rather grim view of LA urban life, with crime seeming unstoppable and inevitable. The books are best remembered for their raucously funny but sometimes sad portrayal of the dysfunctional private lives of the policeman.

        Wambaugh also excelled at the non-fiction novel, semi-journalistic retellings of famous criminal cases such as ‘The Onion Field’, ‘The Blooding’ and the controversial ‘Echoes in the Darkness’. They are good books but sometimes get bogged down in excessive detail

        From the 1980s Wambaugh began to set more of his books in his second home of San Diego and they read more like colourful romps. Books like ‘Secrets of Harry Bright’ and ‘Floaters’ are fun reads but they feel a bit underwhelming compared to his earlier stuff.

        It’s shameless self-promotion but here’s the link to a blog post I wrote on Wambaugh:


      • September 25, 2011 12:38 pm

        Shameless self-promotion is the only kind allowed here! That was a well-written blog post and now I’ll be looking for a copy of “The New Centurions”, of which I had heard but of which I knew nothing.

        Darn prepositions. They ruin a good sentence when properly placed.

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