10:46 AM Apr 6, 2004

by Rob Ritchie

This is the cover of a book that I bought a few weekends ago at the Antiquarian Book Fair. It was part of a collection of pocket books from the 50s, all in excellent condition, which the man told me had been owned by a guy who kept them pristine for 50 years.

I recall that, in the comic book world, there was a similar treasure trove found a number of years ago, which contained Golden Age comics, lovingly preserved in a similar state.

Anyway, I bought the book because 1) it's an Earl Stanley Gardner book not about Perry Mason; 2) the blonde in bondage is iconic of a type of book of this era; and 3) "Musical Cow!"

Oh, plus it's a "new kind of mystery about DOPE and MURDER."

I'm not the only one interested in this book, it seems..