London: Hamish Hamilton, 1953. [Detective novel] TRUE FIRST EDITION, preceding the US edition by one year. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.319; . Elegantly bound in navy half calf, gilt-lettered with twin red morocco title labels, spine ruled in six compartments with raised bands, matching cloth sides. Light spotting to first few pages else a fine copy in a handsome recent leather binding. A classic Marlowe case, this novel was winner of the 1954 Mystery Writers of America award. Item #54385
Bruccoli [A10.1a] Cooper and Pike; Detective Fiction [p324]. Callil and Toibin; Modern Library (200 Best Novels in English since 1950).
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