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0373 The Last One Left

November 22, 2012
  • Title: The Last One Left
  • Language: English
  • Country: UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1970
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Collection: Coronet
  • Collection #: xx
  • ISBN-10: 0340044616
  • ISBN-13: 9780340044612
  • Cover Artist: Unknown
  • Author of: Travis McGee series

The most arresting thing about this cover is the striking blue background. My son tells me you can tell which genre a film will be by the background color of its poster: black is drama, white is comedy, red is horror/suspense, and blue indicates a family film. I haven’t investigated how well this translates to book covers, but I can tell you that blue is not a common MacDonald cover color.

So what do we have in this montage? A dead man in a rowboat. Old hat. A naked couple couple embracing. Yawn. a Man giving CPR to a girl who is wearing pantyhose under her bikini bottom. Whatever … no, wait! Either she is a sideways mutant from the planet Charon

or she really is wearing pantyhose under her bikini. Now that makes we want to read the book!

Fun Fact: This is one of only seven non-US covers that carry a plug for another JDM book or series.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am a Japanese edition of The Last One Left, titled The Last One Left (an English title!), printed by Hayakawa.

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