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0499 The Deep Blue Goodbye

December 4, 2013
0499 Deep Blue Good-by, The 434
  • Title: The Deep Blue Goodbye
  • Canon: The Deep Blue Goodby
  • Language: English
  • Country: UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 2002
  • Publisher: Orion
  • Collection: CrimeMasterWorks
  • ISBN-10: 0752852507
  • ISBN-13: 9780752852508
  • Cover Artist: photo by Stone Getty

Hmm. What scene from the book could this cover possibly be representing? What character might be twenty feet underwater looking up at a boat? Uh, Junior Allen? I don’t have any problem with that; my problem is with everything else. A) That boat is definitely not the Muñequita; it’s too long and narrow. 2) The boat wasn’t at anchor at the time. Thirdly, the weather was not calm, there was a thunderstorm underway and the water was choppy. Quadrilaterally, if there was a storm, the scene couldn’t possibly be backlit by the sun. And … um … last of all, Junior was dead by the time he was that deep, so he wouldn’t have seen anything. Oh, spoiler alert.

Other than that, it’s a nice looking cover.

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve Scott permalink
    December 5, 2013 6:01 am

    It’s definitely not the Muñequita because Travis didn’t acquire it until Gray.

  2. December 7, 2013 12:38 pm

    Ack! Nice catch. You are correct, of course. Despite having read the entire series four or five times, my brain still tangles plot elements. I have a particular problem with the small-boat-on-rough-water-in-the-Bahama-Straits sub-sub-genre, which includes Blue, The Last One Left, and darnit whatever McGee story has him pounding the Muñequita against the waves on a high-speed run to the Bahamas.

    I will stand by the rest of my remark. The pictured boat has more the lines of a sailboat than a motorboat that you might take into blue water.

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