The Scottish Master
When I mentioned Alistair MacLean in a post a couple of days ago it made me wonder whether I actually still owned a copy of one of his novels - after a bit of a search I found this, Puppet on a Chain, which I think came from the used book store in West Chester, PA. It was published in 1969 and continued MacLean's astonishing record of bestsellers - he is little read now and his name is virtually unknown to anyone born after, say, 1980, but during the height of his fame he virtually cornered the market in best-ever thriller titles, such as 'South by Java Head', 'When Eight Bells Toll' and 'The Way to Dusty Death'. Great stuff. I've included a photo of page one simply for the line "Please fasten your seat belts and extinguish your cigarettes". For those interested in book jacket design this one was done by Norman Weaver, a British artist and photographer, who fascinatingly was briefly employed during World War II as General Eisenhower's personal map maker. The novel was made into a movie in 1971 and was promoted with the poster below - a classic of it's type.
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