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0176 Darker Than Amber

November 23, 2011
  • Title: Darker Than Amber
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1982
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Collection #: 1-2373-1
  • ISBN-10: 0449123731
  • ISBN-13: 9780449123737
  • Cover Price: $2.75
  • Cover Artist: Robert McGinnis
  • Author of: The Green Ripper


I always like it when a cover has enough going on to give me something to say. I have always liked the intricate swirls of the girl’s hair on this one, but I have to admit that I never noticed the fishing lure until now. That’s a nice bit of detail, and I don’t think I’m giving anything away when I say that it works nicely into the story, as well as her flesh, in the opening scene.

I guess we’ll never know who drew this cover, with a small boat with two men fishing under a bridge in the Florida Keys — also part of the first scene, by the way. And we’ll never know who drew that gorgeous sunset behind a horizontal cloud — hey, wait — can this be another Robert McGinnis. I beg my teeming thousands of fans to confirm this.

Update 11/25/2011: I was right! It is McGinnis.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am a UK hardcover version of Darker Than Amber, printed in 1968 by Robert Hale (ISBN-10 070910202X, ISBN-13 9780709102021). My cover price is sixteen bob.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 24, 2011 8:52 pm

    OK, since no one else will jump in, I’ll confirm that it’s a McGinnis illustration.

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