London: William Heinemann, 1938. [Gangster thriller] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (18 x 12cm), pp.361; , blank. Elegantly hand-bound in red half calf, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands, matching cloth sides, top edge gilt, publisher's original cloth spine bound in at rear. Faint spotting to first and final leaves; exterior unmarked. A very good copy in a handsome recent leather binding. The chilling tale of teenage mob-leader Pinkie; a masterpiece of psycho-realism, a fascinating study of evil, sin, and the 'appalling strangeness of the mercy of God' withholds easy judgement as a narrative takes us through the moral question of what is simultaneously fascinating and repellent. Item #55061
WOBBE, R.A, "Graham Greene - A Bibliography and Guide to Research". Steinbrunner & Penzler; Ency.of Mystery and Detection, pp.174-177.
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