Paperback 540: Crest 195 (PBO, 1957)
Title: Meet Morocco Jones (in the Case of the Syndicate Hoods)
Author: Jack Baynes
Cover artist: maaaaaybe Barye Phillips (uncredited)
Yours for: $15
- Who’s the private dick who takes advice from the half-naked lady on his shoulder? “Morocco Jones!” Ya damn right.
- “Morocco, I’m hungry” “Shut up, Shoulder Girl. Can’t you see I’m stalking syndicate hoods?”
- There is so much Fail happening here. Title fail (the putative title is actually just a lead-in/tagline, whereas the actual title is represented as a weak little subtitle). Art fail (where’s the rest of my painting, Captain Stingy McWatercolor?!). Hyperbole fail (“The best book that’s ever been written or will ever be written!”).
Best things about this back cover:
- “Helluva” is simply a great “word.”
- Morocco Jones “takes his place among the heroes of tough-guy fiction.” Notice they don’t say which place. Kind of backing off from that front-cover braggadocio, aren’t you, copywriters?
- Is there such a thing as “the edge of lightning?” If so, can it be said to be “sharp?” If the answer to either of these is ‘no,’ can Morocco Jones’ mind be said to really ‘exist’ at all? (philosophers will come to know this as the “Morocco Jones Dilemma”)
- “And whose morals … well, he liked to masturbate in public so … yeah, the less said the better.”
“Who are they, Carson?” Thurm asked gently.
“Skull Kronsky, Duke White, and Solly Cogen.”
“Bad, bad boys,” Thurm said softly. As bad as some of the Syndicate killers. Lije is not going to like this, Carson.”
Jack Baynes, fresh off a correspondence course in “Naming Your Fictional Characters,” goes berserk. P.S. I call dibs on the pseudonym ‘Skull Kronsky.’