Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Two-fer Tuesdays: Their Aim Is True

A twice-monthly pairing of book covers that just seem to go together. Click on either of these images to open up an enlargement.

This week’s combination is dedicated to all those people who sometimes feel besieged by bosses, spouses, or louses of one variety or another. Being marked for attack is no picnic whatsoever, as the characters in these two novels can well attest.

On the left we find the 1959 Pocket Books edition of The Moving Target, the first novel to feature Los Angeles private eye Lew Archer, written by “John Macdonald” (actually, Kenneth Millar, who would soon change his nom de plume to Ross Macdonald). The man behind that paperback’s glowing imagery was Jerry Allison, who has also been credited with illustrating this book, as well as this one.

Now look to the right, and you’ll find the cover of The Hired Target, by Wilson Tucker. It was released in 1957 as by Ace Books as a “Double Edition” paperback, combined with Harry Whittington’s One Deadly Dawn. The prolific Lou Marchetti was responsible for creating this book’s striking cover art, which fulfills the challenging assignment of being both tender and threatening.

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