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0443 Slam the Big Door

September 12, 2013
0443 Slam the Big Door 1101
  • Title: Slam the Big Door
  • Language: English
  • Country: UK
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Year: 1961
  • Publisher: Robert Hale
  • Collection #: B61-21580
  • Cover Price: 10/6
  • Cover Artist: unknown

Image courtesy of Royal Books

Oh man, oh man, oh manischewitz, I’ve waited a long time to post this one. I guess everybody knows by now that Robert Hale published John D MacDonald hardcovers in the UK and that I really like the “retro” artwork they put on the dust jackets. Almost all JDM Hales command high prices, but Slam is so rare that I’ve only seen the cover on the internet once.

Royal Books is selling a signed copy for $3,250, which is slightly above my per book spending limit — about $3,240 higher — and I couldn’t even steal their cover scan (not that I would, of course) because they laid JDM’s signature across it, but Kevin Johnson and Charles Swain very kindly agreed to send me a clean scan which you see here.

I wish I knew who drew it, because it’s first rate. The vivid colors. The girl’s pencil thin waist. The cigarette smoke coming from the gun muzzle. The shading on the man’s arm and shirt. The way you know the girl just whipped her head around because her hair is flying out and her pearls are still in the air. The shadowy figure behind her — is it her shadow of that of the victim? The merest suggestion of a slit skirt.

These are the days that make this blog worthwhile.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2013 5:22 pm

    and make it worth following! Great post.

  2. Warren permalink
    September 12, 2013 11:58 pm

    A fantastic cover , and I shall be scouring second-hand bookshops , charity shops and car boot sales with renewed vigour……..

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