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The Watchman
Scribners & Sons, New York 1961 - 275 pages. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's quarter blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine over black boards with gilt lettering to cover in original pictorial jacket. Inscribed by the author. First edition. This is an extraordinary novel-tender, grotesquely comic and frightening. Under the shadow of the state prison lies an old West Virginia river town called Adena, its peace and security sedulously watched over by Sheriff Luther Alt. Hearing his boots ring slowly down the ancient brick sidewalks, folks could feel quite safe in their beds at night. The unexpected did not happen in Adena, until the death of you Cole Blake. The son of one of the town's leading families, he is found murdered. To discover why a young man in love has been shot to death, Davis Grubb enters a dark tangle of events and human emotions. Writing with brooding power, he composes an unforgettable gallery of Adena men and women. Each of them stands distinct, and they are the sheriff's two daughters, Jill and Cris, as different from each other as the light from the dark. And the Sheriff himself, the Watchman, a man of stoic nobility. The Watchman is a poetic melodrama. Condition: Inscribed on front endpaper "For Peter Johnson - with profoundest admiration for his dedication to a noble calling and with thanks for his friendship. Always, Davis Grubb 1961" with Grubb's drawn design. Corners gently bumped. Jacket edge wear with some small chips, some loss to spine head, corners lightly chipped else a very good copy in like jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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