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0505 The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper

December 12, 2013
0505 Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper, The 657
  • Title: The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrappex
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1981
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • ISBN-10: 0449142566
  • ISBN-13: 9780449142561
  • Cover Price:x$2.50
  • Cover Artist: Robert McGinnis
  • Author of: The Green Ripper

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


I hate it when I refer to a cover that I haven’t posted yet, and yesterday I did it again.  For those of you too lazy to click the link, a German omnibus that included Brown had a spooky tree on the cover and I said it didn’t look as good as today’s tree. Except today’s tree wasn’t here yet, and yesterday today was tomorrow, but you get my point.

Anyway, here is today’s tree, and a mighty spooky tree it is. McGinnis was deep into his Gothic period but still illustrated a scene from the story (yes, the hanging man is part of it; jeez, guys, read the book!) although the girl in the brown paper wrapper was long gone before the scene, and was dead, too, so maybe the cover suggests the story more than illustrates it. I don’t care; McGinnis did a fine job and I like it. Sue me.

Update (12/13/2013): Whoops! Had the wrong “author of” title. Thanks, Freiler.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am the 23rd and 24th printing of The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper, printed in 1979 and 1980 by Fawcett under their Gold Medal label (ISBN-10 0449142566, ISBN-13 9780449142561). I have the same McGinnis artwork as today’s cover and a price of $1.95.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Freiler permalink
    December 13, 2013 9:47 am

    Great looking tree! And doesn’t that say author of the green ripper and not empty copper sea?

    • December 13, 2013 5:23 pm

      Thanks for catching that, Freiler. To show my gratitude, come visit in two weeks and we’ll fix you a piscitarian repast. Disclaimer: some unpaid heavy manual labor required.

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