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0582 The Scarlet Ruse

September 24, 2020

0582 Scarlet Ruse, The 1582
  • Title: The Scarlet Ruse
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1975
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Collection #: Q3222
  • ISBN-10: 0449032221
  • ISBN-13: 9780449032220
  • Cover Price: $1.50
  • Cover Artist: Robert McGinnis

A really good cover for a really good story. I don’t know how many reviews I’ve read whining and moaning about all the detail MacDonald provides of the arcane art of rare stamps, but I love it. It shows how JDM researched every aspect of his stories and it all rings true. The scam is cleverly worked out.

Combine that with a great action ending, pictured above by the inimitable Robert McGinnis, and we have a winner. The postage stamp frame and the everybody-has-to-show-the-red-hat are icing on the cake.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am the 23rd printing of The Scarlet Ruse, printed in 1982 by Fawcett as Gold Medal 1-3952-2 (ISBN-10 0449139522, ISBN-13 9780449139523). My cover price is $2.95 and I have a McGinnis cover, but not today’s cover. It has a big red hat (surprise!) floating by a lily pad like this edition. I probably pimp Free Fall in Crimson.

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