Paperback 200: Perma Books M-4026 (2nd ptg, 1955)
Title: That None Should Die
Author: The insanely prolific Frank G. Slaughter
Cover artist: Charles Binger
So I had an early 70s movie tie-in of Chester Himes' "Cotton Comes to Harlem" all cued up and ready to go as my 200th Paperback ... and then I went to Plattsburgh.
Best things about this cover:
- This doctor is
a. preparing to shoot the newborn at the ceiling like a rubberband
b. preparing to make "newborn tea"
c. deciding whether to keep it or throw it back
d. looking Way too long and hard at the baby's genital region, or
e. so handsome that nobody cares what he's actually doing
- I love how the mother is the very least important figure on the cover - almost like an afterthought, or a shorthand visual cue to let you know that the baby is alive and he didn't steal it.
- "That none should die, Dr. Rand Handsome ingested the mysterious, rune-inscribed baby before it could explode."
Best things about this back cover:
- "That story alone is fascinating" - uh, no, sorry it's not.
- If this description makes the book sound anti-socialized/nationalized medicine, that's because the book *is* anti-socialized/nationalized medicine. The first (teaser) page has as its headline: "President announces medical care free to rich and poor alike!" - in this book, that's the terrifying Orwellian future. Because we all know that real doctors are all driven by "ideals" (see cover), unlike nameless bureaucrats who want only to flatten all social distinctions and erect statues of Lenin.
"I shouldn't be saying this, I suppose, but you look like a better class of man than we usually get in a job like this, and I hope you're going to stay with us."
He added, "I mean, I'm not gay or anything, but dear god you're handsome."