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0259 Man-Trap

March 31, 2012
  • Title: Man-Trap
  • Canon: Soft Touch
  • Language: English
  • Country: UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1961
  • Publisher: Pan
  • Collection: Great Pan
  • Collection #: G533
  • Cover Price: 2/6
  • Cover Artist: Unknown


When I decided to post about cover, I thought I really should watch the movie of the same name first, despite John D MacDonald’s personal distaste for it. OK, I now see his point. It’s a low-budge potboiler, although Stella Stevens chews up the scenery with her portrayal of Nina.

This cover is the movie tie-in, and yup, that’s Stella at the top of the stairs. Ooo, foreshadowing! What sets this apart from every other tie-in cover I can think of is that it’s drawn, not a photo. The depicted scene (what, a cover depicting a scene from the book?) is when Nina first meets Jameson’s buddy Vince. Kudos to the unknown artist for drawing her wearing the actual dress from the scene, although I don’t recall the men looking toward the camera like that.

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