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0177 The Green Ripper

November 25, 2011
0177 Green Ripper, The 712
  • Title: The Green Ripper
  • Language: English
  • Country: UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: Unknown 1980
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • Collection: Pan
  • Collection #: 14545
  • ISBN-10: 0330262696
  • ISBN-13: 9780330262699
  • Cover Price: 95p
  • Cover Artist: Photo

Image courtesy of the John D. MacDonald Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Pan is an intriguing imprint. It printed most of the UK paperback editions of the Travis McGee series and it seems like they enjoyed redesigning the covers. There’s the business card covers, the license plate covers, the snapshot covers, and four types of “Travis McGee in …” styles (bullet, photo on top, photo on bottom, and this white background style), not to mention several cover styles for non-Travis books. Most of these styles are pretty good, but the white background style has to be the exception as the poorest of the bunch, with excrutiatingly boring photos. This Green is the exception to the exception because it at least has an attractive woman, although perhaps someone could remind me what scuba diving has to do with the story.

Pan books are notoriously difficult to date; the information on the internet is wildly random. If anybody can date this one more accurately, I’m all ears.

Update: (09/25/2013): Added publishing date, cover price, ISBNs, and a better image.

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