New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc., 1952. First Edition. A lovely copy of the seventh Mike Hammer novel, basis for Robert Aldrich's 1955 film noir, with a screenplay by A.I. Bezzerides and starring Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, and Paul Stewart. The Dark Page, Vol.II, p.176-177. Item #2013
First Printing. Octavo; textured rust-colored cloth, with titles reverse-stamped in silver on spine and publisher's logo blind-stamped on front cover; dustjacket; 251pp. Bookplate signed by Spillane loosely laid in. Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket (Variant A, with publisher's circular framing device at upper right corner of front panel), unclipped (priced $2.50), with minimal wear to extremities and a few tiny edge tears.