New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1942. First Edition. Cain's fourth novel, a lurid tale "about the seamier side of city politics and involving a politician double-crossed by his chauffeur who is double-crossed by his ex-mistress" (Hoopes, p.315). The novel was unfavorably reviewed and not a commercial success, selling only 7,500 copies by the end of 1942. Basis for Allan Dwan's 1956 film noir Scarlet Street, starring John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Arlene Dahl, and Kent Taylor. The Dark Page, Vol.II, p.30-31. Item #3632
First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); red cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in black on spine and front cover; red topstain; dustjacket; [viii],218,pp. Hint of offsetting to pastedowns, else a fresh, Fine copy, with the topstain bright and unfaded. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.00), gently spine-sunned, with some pinpoint wear to spine ends and corners, small rubbed spot towards mid-spine, and a tiny impression at upper front joint; Very Good+.