Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Hooks Hits: “Paula”

Part of a series saluting artist-illustrator Mitchell Hooks.

Paula, by Don Kingery (Dell, 1959). The Vintage Paperback & Book Covers Facebook page explains that “Don Kingery only managed to published four novels [including 1960’s Good Time Girl]. But they are a marketing lesson in the advantages of marrying James M. Cain-style murderous triangles with Erskine Caldwell-style swamp-based abasements.” That same page calls Paula “a Postman Always Rings Twice homage as an oil worker, working for an impotent troll of a boss, goes after his hot, young wife.”

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