Over My Dead Body is illustrated with eye-popping color cover reproductions on practically every page, Server argues that this period of rapid growth of paperback sales was due to the taste of its target audience: ex-GIs. The blockbuster sales of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer novels fueled the growth of paperbacks, too. The dying of the pulps and the sudden availability of writers and cover artists gave paperbacks momentum. Server discusses the rise of paperback writers like Peter Rabe, David Goodis, Jim Thompson, John D. MacDonald, Chester Himes, and Philip K. Dick. If you’re a fan of early American paperbacks and want to enjoy some dazzling paperback cover artwork, pick up a copy of Over My Dead Body. Inexpensive copies are available online for a pittance.