Earlier today, my retrospective piece about the life and abundant output of Scotland-born adventure-thriller writer Alistair MacLean was posted on the Kirkus Reviews Web site. That full column is here.
In the course of researching MacLean’s history, I collected an extensive variety of cover images from his 28 novels, which were published between 1955 (HMS Ulysses) and 1986 (Santorini). Rather than let those go unused, I have created a gallery of the various books fronts below. These are certainly not all of the covers I found--but they are, perhaps, the most interesting. Included here are dust jackets from first editions of MacLean’s fiction, which I found on the AlistairMacLean.com site. (Terry Zobeck pulled those images together, and he’s given me permission to reuse them here. “Anything to help spread the word on MacLean,” he told me in an e-note.) The other images I discovered over many hours of searching the Internet. Steve Holland’s Bear Alley blog offered a particularly rich trove of MacLean fronts.
You’re invited to give your opinions about these covers in the Comments section at the end of this post.
And click here to participate in The Rap Sheet’s poll asking readers to name their favorite works among MacLean’s classic oeuvre. If you have not already made your voice heard in this survey, you have until the beginning of November to do so.
Click on any of the images below for an enlargement.