0525 Free Fall in Crimson
Doggone it, I like this cover. It’s water-themed like many of the new photo covers. It has the iconic solitary man … uh … person. It’s beautifully composed and lit. It has an under-dressed girl. So why does it annoy me so much?
Firstly, who is riding the motorcycle? It can’t be Lysa Dean because (SPOILER ALERT!) she never rides a motorcycle in the story. If it’s Dirty Bob, well, he does lose a hundred pounds during the story and sure looks good in that bikini, but if that’s him I can’t see how he was able to give ole Trav such a hard time in a fist fight.
Secondly, that hilly shoreline is nowhere in Florida where I’ve ever been, and I’ve been to every county in Florida, so it must be California, where Dirty Bob lived. Maybe he took the photo and girl is his niece. Yeah.
Thirdly, aw c’mon guys, does nobody notice this stuff but me? The license plate on the motorcycle is clearly a European Union plate, probably from Germany.
Have you seen me? I am a US hardcover edition of Free Fall in Crimson, printed in 1997 by Random House under their Value Publishing imprint (ISBN-10 0517199106, ISBN-13 9780517199107). Come to think of it, has anybody ever seen any Value Publishing cover? I never have. I’m beginning to wonder if they really exist.