New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1953. [Modern Literature] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.; 242; . Publisher's grey cloth with purple titles to spine and upper board. Top edge yellow; fore edge untrimmed. With the dust-jacket designed by Arthur Hawkins, Jr., priced at $3.00. Internally fine. Small mark to bottom of rear board. Dust-wrapper shows well, slightly toned to spine, some small closed tears to rear panel. An attractive copy. Near fine. Cain served in the US Army in World War I, before he became a journalist in Baltimore and New York in the 1920's. He later worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood, and his 1934 debut novel 'The Postman Always Rings Twice', was memorably filmed twice - in 1946 and 1981. 'Galatea' is a classic fast-paced thriller featuring a love triangle which develops into an explosive and tense plot. Duke Webster, a fight trainer, is turned over to Val Valenty on parole. Duke falls in love with Val's wife, Holly, who is sick and frightened of Val. Val sees Holly turn into a healthy woman again and with vengeance plots their removal. Item #52987
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