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0202 A Tan and Sandy Silence

January 14, 2012
  • Title: A Tan and Sandy Silence
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1972 1974 & 1975
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Collection #: P3012
  • Cover Price: $1.25
  • Cover Artist: Unknown


This is one of the few Sandy covers that did not choose to illustrate the bone-chilling beach scene from the story. Instead, the artist (Robert McGinnis? Looks like him to me) illustrates a simple, almost pastoral  beach scene, where Travis McGee with serious curvature of the spine (“Sit up straight, son, or you’ll be hunched over when you grow up!”) sips a Plymouth Punch and stalks lanky bikini-clad girls from behind a tree. Actually, I think the scene is moments before Travis tosses the girl’s dim but muscled boyfriend around like my dog did to my slipper (fleece-lined, thank you very much) in a well-written parody of the 98 pound weakling story (44.55 kg for my vast international audience).

My feet are cold.

Update (09/26/2013): The 9th and 10th printings came out in 1974 and 1975.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. warren shrimpton permalink
    January 14, 2012 3:07 pm

    or 7 stone if you’re English !

    • January 17, 2012 11:14 am

      And old! Or an old Kiwi. I can’t believe I once played rugby in the under-5 stone division.

  2. warren shrimpton permalink
    January 18, 2012 9:56 am

    Ha ha ! Rugby is a fine game. And irony of ironies I play Baseball.

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