Title : Blood DuesAuthor : [Don Pendleton]
Cover art : uncredited
[N. Y. : Gold Eagle, 1984. Mack Bolan. Executioner 71. Written by Mike Newton]
It’s been noted that the early and mid 1970s represents the nadir of espionage and action paperback cover design. Certainly most of the Executioner titles can be included in this dubious pantheon, but I confess I rather like the cover of Blood Dues, mostly because it has such a genuinely pulpy feeling to it, both the setting and execution (no pun intended!). It has that seedy, smoky back room gestalt so beloved by fans of the authentic vintage pb cover art style of the Golden Age.