‘Someone or something had taken over his body and Chandler was determined to find out who — even if he died in the attempt.’
Yes, I remember that episode of Friends.
For my taste, there aren’t enough ‘Someones’ and ‘somethings’ in that blurb. I’d rewrite it: ‘Someone or something had taken over something and someone was determined to find out something — even if he died in the attempt.’
@Herm: The edge colors, once upon a time, actually had a purpose, and it morphed over the years. Originally (and briefly), it was a rough indicator of the genre of the book; red for mystery, yellow for general fiction or non-fiction and so forth, Over time, it became a color code to indicate the quarter (or maybe third) of the year in which a paperback was printed; since the vast majority of paperbacks in the US up into the 1980s were sold at newsstands, drugstores, groceries and so forth, the edge color was an easy way to tell how long a book had been on the rack if the retailer (or their stocking distributor) wanted to pull and return older merchandise.
By the late ’80s (when I was working in retail book sales), only a few publishers were still coloring the edges of paperbacks, and it was always yellow; by that point it was basically a “prestige” thing, and it was pretty much gone by the early ’90s as a cost-cutting measure.
My friends Tony Isabella and Bob Ingersoll (and their editor) had a bit of fun a few years ago with their Star Trek novel The Case of the Colonist’s Corpse, a mystery featuring the lawyer Sam Cogley from the series episode “Court-Martial”; the book had some deliberate echoes of the old Perry Mason novels, and Pocket Books went so far as to do at least the first print run with the classic red “mystery” edge coloring. (According to Bob, Pocket had a hell of a time trying to find a printer that still knew how to do the edge colors and still had the machinery to do it!)