Greenwich: Fawcett Publications / Gold Medal, 1956. First Edition. Superior copy of Goodis's tenth paperback original novel, chronicling the life of a former concert pianist who now plays piano in a seedy bar, his involvement with criminals, and the murder of his girlfriend. Basis for the iconic French film noir Tirez sur le Pianiste (Shoot the Piano Player), directed by François Truffaut and starring Charles Aznavour. Hubin, p.168; Pronzini & Muller, pp.303-304. Item #1345
First Printing, a paperback original. Octavo (18cm); illustrated wrappers; yellow edgestaining; 157,pp. Small stress crease to rear wrapper, with some pinpoint wear to extremities, else very Near Fine and unread.