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0727 The Scarlet Ruse

April 5, 2021

0727 Scarlet Ruse, The 1871
  • Title: The Scarlet Ruse
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1980
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Collection #: 1-3952-2
  • ISBN-10: 0449139522
  • Cover Price: $2.25
  • Cover Artist: Robert McGinnis
  • Author of: The Green Ripper

Image courtesy of Freiler Thompson

We have seen this cover before, and a darned good thing too, since this 19th printing has been rode hard, put away wet, and then beaten with a stick before being dropped off a bridge and run over by a Mack truck. Still, the image is good enough to see the most atrocious rendering of the Busted Flush that I am aware of (50 foot long? barge type? where is the shower stall going to fit?).

We also see the obligatory red floppy hat which played only a minor part in the plot but is omnipresent wherever a Scarlet Ruse may roam, from the mountains, to the prairie, to the oceans white with foam.

I’d like to know how Travis expects to row with a gun in his hand.

Update (04/07/2021): Thanks to Freiler for a much sharper image. I’m not sure about that sticker, though. And who knew that airports have used bookstores?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2021 3:04 pm

    Just sent you a better copy.

  2. April 9, 2021 10:04 am

    I was going to take off the sticker but I figured I might force you into having to recalibrate your whole system if there were technically 2 cover prices. And sadly this airport used book store went to the big remainder in the sky.

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