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A KISS BEFORE DYING - LEVIN, IRA - 1953. 
New York: Published by Simon and Schuster, 1953., 1953. First edition. First edition. Author's first book. Signed by the author on the front fly leaf, "Best wishes, Ira Levin." Pages uniformly browned throughout else a fine copy in a lightly soiled and lightly rubbed dust jacket with minor restoration to the spine ends and corners. Levin's finest book and written as three books in one: part one is told from the vantage point of the murderer, who wants to marry into a wealthy family, but cannot because the girl becomes pregnant and refuses to have an abortion. This will cost him his chance at the family fortune, so in an ingenious manner, which the reader can follow step by step, he murders her and her death is ruled a suicide. In part two the sister of the murdered girl deducts that the apparent suicide was really murder, so she tracks down the killer. She's got the right person, but for the wrong reasons and she becomes the second victim. In part three, a third sister and her husband bring the killer to a sort of justice. An attractive copy of a scarce book and especially so signed by this reclusive author. Winner of the Edgar Award in 1953 for Best First Novel.
[Bookseller: BUCKINGHAM BOOKS]
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