In my on-going skim of the In Death series, the book as object is something I’m more conscious of than I used to be: the cover art, the author photo(s), the blurbs, or recommendations.
I find the Stephen King quote (“JD Robb is cool.”) on the cover of Strangers in Death to be too personal, directed toward the author rather than the work and also just a little weird.
Salvation in Death has blurbs specific to the book from Lisa Scottoline, Andrew Gross, Linda Fairstein, and Kathy Reichs. Plus a general endorsement from Janet Evanovich…which seems out of place in context, both in terms of content and author-type.
Why do the back covers of some books have passages from the book, while others have author photos? And the author photos themselves — has anyone ever done a survey of the evolution of NR/Robb’s author photos? Because they are fascinating and say a lot about the content of the books and the marketing approach (even without the brouhaha of Robb possibly trying to look Dallas-ish in a long leather duster).
I have (had) the entire series but for the most recent book; I’ll be keeping about a dozen early books in the series that were originally published in mass market paperback, plus two later books following the move to hard cover. The rest of the hard covers and a few paperbacks will be heading to the donation bin.