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0242 Cry Hard, Cry Fast

March 10, 2012
  • Title: Cry Hard, Cry Fast
  • Language: English
  • Country: UK
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Year: 1969
  • Publisher: Robert Hale
  • ISBN-10: 0709102070
  • ISBN-13: 9780709102076
  • Cover Price: 18/-
  • Cover Artist: Barbara Walton


By now we all know that Robert Hale published virtually every JDM hardcover in the UK, and that Barbara Walton’s fine work covered most of them. I’m giving nothing away when I say that the story involves a car crash (or smashup, since this is a British edition), and the girl on this cover clearly is in dire need of the Jaws of Life as she appears to be trapped behind a cracked window that is much too small to crawl through. On second thought, she’s not going to do any more crawling, She’d dead, Jim.

That window looks suspiciously like the front vent window on my old 1965 Beetle, even down to the latch, but the book was written ten years before. How did John D MacDonald know that I would own that car? The man was amazing.


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