Hell’s Gate by Dean R. Koontz, Lancer Books, 1970. Paperback original. Koontz’s 7th book was typical of Lancer publications of the time, printed on cheap, high-acid paper, the cover held on by cheap glue that easily lets go. It is quite common to find Lancer volumes with the cover loose and the paper very browned. Note the small torn spot at the top of the spine: you find this a lot with Lancer’s of this era. Which is why, with a now-popular author like Koontz, these early editions tend to be pricey and with a premium on condition. They just weren’t built to last.