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Chandler, Raymond
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1940. First printing of the second novel by the master of the hard-boiled, a worthy follow-up to THE BIG SLEEP (1939). Detective Philip Marlowe investigates the murder of a Black nightclub owner in this gritty tale of stoic despair set in Los Angeles. Published one year after THE BIG SLEEP, it has many of the same strengths and weaknesses; Chandler remains a surgeon in shaping the tiny details of his prose to build a larger atmosphere of surreal dread. A remarkably fresh copy of a major work of mid-century American fiction. 7.5'' x 4.5''. Original full orange cloth, boards and spine stamped in blue. Original unclipped light red dust jacket designed by Hans J. Barschel. [8], 275, [3] pages. Jacket spine lightly sunned, closed tear at foot of front flap: overall fresh. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Type Punch Matrix [Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A.]
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