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0454 Farlig kurs

October 1, 2013
0454 Bright Orange for the Shroud 1408
  • Title: Farlig kurs
  • English Title: Dangerous Course
  • Canon: Bright Orange for the Shroud
  • Language: Swedish
  • Country: Sweden
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1966
  • Publisher: Wahlströms
  • Collection: Komet Deckaren
  • Collection #: 152
  • Cover Price: Kr. 2,75
  • Cover Artist: Unknown

Image courtesy of the John D. MacDonald Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

The Swedes chose to rename the Travis McGee books and dropped the whole color theme. Instead, every title has “farlig”, or “dangerous”, in it. Are colors anathema to Swedes? Was one or more of the titles already in use? Was Wahlströms just exercising their editorial independence? Alas, we shall never know.

While this previously milk-cartoned eye-arresting cover is officially “unknown artist”, I’d bet a couple of öre (or would if they still existed) that it is good old Bertil Hegland. I can’t recall this scene actually appearing in the story … wait … what am I doing? We have a girl wearing nothing but three bracelets and a pair of binoculars (and what a pair they are!) and I’m complaining about artistic relevance? Shame on me!

That certainly is a nice all-over tan she has. I imagine she got it while sitting about wearing nothing but three bracelets and a pair of binoculars (and what a pair they are!).

That is one self-confident Travis, which is odd since he is always second-guessing himself. “Yes, I’m Travis McGee, and I’ve been drawn wearing a necktie. What are you going to do about it?”

I’m glad to see the Swedes were bucking the trend of displaying the author’s name in larger and larger type. Not only is MacDonald’s name printed smaller than both the title and Travis McGee’s name, the choice of black means you can barely read his first name.



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