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0186 The Scarlet Ruse

December 9, 2011
  • Title: The Scarlet Ruse
  • Language: English
  • Country: UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1991
  • Publisher: Sphere
  • ISBN-10: 0747407339
  • ISBN-13: 9780747407331
  • Cover Artist: Unknown

Sphere reprinted at least three Travis McGee books in 1991 and this is one of them. The stamps make perfect sense and the bullets mean “this is a crime story”, but the most interesting aspect is the red backlighted naked girl. I’m a sucker for strong contrast (and naked girls for that matter). It has nothing to do with the story (except that the light is scarlet), but it looks really cool and hey, the girl is naked.

Update (03/28/2012): I just noticed that the stamps are arranged in the shape of a dead body and the bullet is through the heart. How did I miss that before? I blame it all on the naked girl.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am a USA large print hardcover version of The Scarlet Ruse, printed in 1980 by GK Hall (ISBN-10 081613118X, ISBN-13 9780816131181).

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Cassell permalink
    December 16, 2011 12:25 pm

    i like this paperback cover and i am a collecter of paperback art as well as paperbacks fromthe nineteen fifties. i like mysteries, westerns, sci-fi,some horror novels, and mainstream from hemingway, and the classics which i love as much too.

    • December 17, 2011 8:46 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Jim. I also have boxes of 1950’s sci-fi paperbacks. Maybe someday I’ll blog those too.

  2. warren shrimpton permalink
    December 18, 2011 4:10 am

    I’ve got a few 60’s and 70’s UK Travis Mcgee novels. I haven’t yet had time to look to see if they’re already on here. Once I get time I will scan them and send them to you.

    • December 18, 2011 5:38 pm

      That would be great, Warren. I’m always on the lookout for new covers and better scans. I would be happy to give you credit if I happen to be sober when I post them.

  3. warren shrimpton permalink
    December 19, 2011 11:32 am

    Ha ha , nice one. I’ve also found a Cape Fear hardback and a Sci-Fi novel called Planet Of The Dreamers.

    • December 20, 2011 7:35 am

      You have my complete attention. Is Cape Fear the Robert Hale or the Buccaneer version? Either way, I’d love to have a nice scan.

  4. warren shrimpton permalink
    December 20, 2011 2:55 pm

    I don’t know at the moment , it’s in a box………..somewhere. Hopefully by the weekend I’ll be scanning them and sending them over.

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