Re: RARA-AVIS: "Still life" cover art

From: Jim Stephenson (
Date: 25 May 2004

> I was wondering if anyone knew a little about the
> "still life" photgraph cover art for paperbacks that
> was so popular in th 1970s and 1980s ... I was wondering if
> there was some hardboiled, crime, noir, or P.I. novels
> with these kinds of covers?

What immediately comes to mind is the Hammett series published by Vintage in the early 70s. A couple of examples:

Much simpler design than the James Bond books, but in the same spirit.

As to who started this style and why it stopped ... beats me. But I'm glad it was short-lived.

Jim Stephenson

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