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0291 The Scarlet Ruse

May 16, 2012
  • Title: The Scarlet Ruse
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: about 1983 1983 & 1984
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Collection #: 12640-4
  • Cover Price: $2.95
  • Cover Artist: Unknown Robert McGinnis
  • Author of: The Green Ripper


You know me; the last person to complain about some trifling inconsistency. I have no problem with yet another depiction of a red hat — after all, every single US edition sports one. No, my problem here is botanical. That flower is a water lily, possibly the American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea), and I’m sure everybody here knows that water lilies grow in fresh water ponds and lakes. Unfortunately, the scene in the book where the big red hat is used as rifle bait takes place in a mangrove swamp among the tidewater flats of Florida Bay. Correct me if I’m wrong, but tidewater usually implies salt water.

Hmph. I just re-read the scene and it never mentions lily pads.

Update (09/25/2013): This cover was used for printings 24-26 so it came out in 1983 and 1984. The cover was by the inimitable Robert McGinnis.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am a Greek edition of The Scarlet Ruse, titled Hē γλυκια παγιδα (The Sweet Hoax), printed in 1982 by Papyros as Viper 1644.

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