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0132 Vaarallisilla vesillä

October 10, 2011
  • Title: Vaarallisilla vesillä
  • English Title: Dangerous Waters
  • Canon: Where is Janice Gantry?
  • Language: Finnish
  • Country: Finland
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1964
  • Publisher: Vaasa Oy
  • Collection: Manhattan
  • Collection #: 1
  • Cover Artist: Bertil Hegland


Ah, we’re back to Bertil Hegland, who illustrated many a cover for Swedish and Finnish editions of John D MacDonald and many other writers. I was kinda snarky about his efforts on a previous cover, but this one is better — not great, but better. The girl is clearly wearing a badly-designed football helmet (no faceguard, so she’s a tough old bird!) but the skin shading is much improved, her hands are much better drawn and proportioned (yes, I know how difficult it is to draw human hands), and I like the general composition and the use of varied shades of blue.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am a Finnish paperback containing just one short story, titled Huomio -tulta (Attention: Fire!), printed in 1964 by Viihdevikarit Oy. The short story was either “Suspicion Island”, originally printed in Cosmopolitan in May 1953, or “Coffin Island”, printing history unknown (to me). Perhaps somebody who has read every one of JDM’s short stories … ahem … could help me out.

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