The book covers of mass market paperbacks are often strange and, many times, wildly inaccurate in terms of illustrating the book inside the covers. There should probably be a scholarly study about what they say about Western civilization — and, now that I think of it, there have probably been several.
The strangeness gets really wacky when noir art is used to sell, say, Voltaire’s “Candide” or Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.”
Here are 22 very odd covers of very good, often great, novels. (Thanks to Melanie Villines for help in finding these.) Not all of the covers are noir. Those that aren’t noir as strange enough, I’d say.