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0368 The Deep Blue Good-by

November 11, 2012
  • Title: The Deep Blue Good-by
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Year: 1975
  • Publisher: Lippincott
  • ISBN-10: 0397010907
  • ISBN-13: 9780397010905
  • Cover Price: $6.95
  • Cover Artist: Unknown

We’re looking at the first US hardcover edition, which didn’t come out until 1975 because most of MacDonald’s books came out first in paperback, the way God intended them.

What a powerful image! A hand reaching from out of the water about to fire a revolver into a lightning storm! Very kewl. Also very not-in-the-story. Well, yes, there was a gun, but it was lost overboard. Yes, Junior Allen was in the water, but it’s not his hand that Travis saw. It was a major plot point that the boat was pitching and rolling like crazy, but the seas are calm here. At least they got the lightning right!

Compare this cover to the similar-but-different GK Hall edition.

Update (08/23/2013): Added cover price.

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