London: Allison & Busby Ltd., 1984. First UK Edition. Ellroy's second book, first published by Avon in 1982 as a paperback original; the British edition is the first and only hardcover format of this title. An important novel in the Ellroy canon, as it marks the first appearance of his character Dudley Moore. Copies signed by Ellroy (with his initials) are plentiful - copies with lengthy, early inscriptions are not. Item #285
First Impression. Octavo (22.25cm); black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [vi],342pp. Inscribed by the author in an early hand on the front endpaper: "To Sol and Patty Grossman - L.A. in the 1950's wants to singe your souls with intimations of murder and sensual rebirth! Be there or be square! James Ellroy." Fine in a Fine, unclipped jacket, with light fading to author's name on the spine.