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0418 Dress Her in Indigo

April 29, 2013
0418 Dress Her In Indigo 484
  • Title: Dress Her in Indigo
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1987
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Collection #: 13293-5
  • ISBN-10: 0449132935
  • ISBN-13: 9780449132937
  • Cover Price: $4.95 (Canada $6.50)
  • Cover Artist: William Schmidt
  • Author of: The Lonely Silver Rain


This is a classic example of the 1980s era “double McGee” covers, most of which were drawn by William Schmidt. They include a main picture at the bottom that relates to the storyline, although I’m not sure how this one does other than the fact that almost every Travis story involves a dead woman somehow, and a smaller picture at the top that, in turn, relates to the bigger picture. This one is cleverer than most because everyone knows how jigsaw puzzle pieces get scattered everywhere.

I know that the artist wants me to wonder why this girl was chopped up with a jigsaw, or at least try to look down her cleavage, but I swear the only thing I can think about is why on Earth is she wearing so much eye shadow?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Warren Shrimpton permalink
    May 5, 2013 10:15 am

    Sad tales of the modern world number 1 : I walked into a second hand bookshop today and asked if they had any JDM. After a look of utter disbelief was told ” haven’t had any for years ” which was followed by ” perhaps you should read someone else “. Some how I didn’t burn it down ;O)

  2. May 6, 2013 7:40 am

    As I know you love to be kept updated with my reading, I’ve had a real run on JDM recently.

    In the last month I’ve got through:

    – A Flash of Green (pretty terrific, deserves to be in print)
    – Deadly Welcome (slight, but enjoyable)
    – The Deep Blue Goodbye (re-read 4th time, I think, one of the best TMs)
    – Nightmare in Pink (even better than I remembered)
    – The Quick Red Fox (also good, though I always find the ending rather confusing and having it finished it yesterday for the 5th time I doubt I could explain who dun wot to who. No, scrub the doubt. I just couldn’t.)

    On the go:
    – A Purple Place For Dying (remember this one being a B-/C+ effort)
    – The Brass Cupcake (enjoying it very much so far, 4 chapters in)
    – The Drowner (good but finding the small print of my copy off-putting)

  3. May 6, 2013 6:35 pm

    “Perhaps you should read someone else”??? Ouch, that is harsh.

  4. May 6, 2013 6:42 pm

    Ooo, The Drowner. That’s a good one and I haven’t read it for a while. Thanks for the idea.

  5. Freiler permalink
    May 9, 2013 8:44 pm

    I think The Drowner might be my favorite average cover. Those hands… As far as this one goes, shouldn’t she be dressed in, well, Indigo? I’m just saying.

  6. May 11, 2013 6:07 pm

    Oh Freiler, you’re so literal; you have to let art flow over you.

    And…your favorite average cover? Are you saying that if it was just a little bit better it would become your least favorite above average cover?

    • Freiler permalink
      September 9, 2013 5:44 pm

      I am saying that for The Drowner they used the same cover so many times that it becomes the average for the work. Not a lot of lows and really nice highs? Boom.

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