Posted by: erikmona | March 15, 2009

Johnny Havoc and the Doll Who Had It (1963)

Johnny Havoc and the Doll Who Had "It" (1963)

I may be out of Brak the Barbarian covers to show, but I’ve still got a pretty deep pile of John Jakes books. This curiosity came by way of my colleague Pierce Watters. “John Jakes reads good, like a mystery should.” I love that.

There’s nothing fantastic about the four Johnny Havoc novels unless you count the fact that women would fall all over themselves to sleep with a five-foot-one red head Jakes imagined might be played by Mickey Rooney.

This is the third book in the series, and the only one in my collection. I chose it tonight because my girlfriend Danica and I just finished watching the movie Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, with Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr. I thought it was a fun crime drama in the Elmore Leonard school, but the thing that struck me most about the movie was that the action was tied to a series of late-70s crime novels just like this one.

They even used Robert McGinnis covers! I’d have posted more of those, but so far I only have one in my collection. For now The Doll Who Had It will have to suffice.

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Responses

  1. Is that actress Jessica Walter on the cover?

    Looks exactly like her.

  2. Difficult to say, but intriguing. Here’s a shot of her I found at about the right age:

    For some reason the idea of Johnny Havoc and Lucille Bluth getting it on makes me very excited.


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