31 March 2006

Past its shelf date

I have purchased a book in an airport bookstore. An act that by itself does not merit a mention.
But now, after a closer look at the cover, I have found something remarkable: there are words on a cover (not a sticker the bookstores or publisher sometimes put, but really an imprint on the cover) that announce the following:


(I have done my best to convey the sizing and coloring of the text.)

Now I am confused and concerned. Have I bought a book past its prime? Could it hurt me physically or mentally? Why hadn't the seller warned me on the possible dangers of that purchase? Should I sue?

The book, accidentally, is Bad Business by Robert B. Parker.


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