New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1952. First Edition. Prior to the publication of his first novel, Gault was already a prolific writer for the pulps, publishing more than 300 stories for magazines like Argosy, Black Mask, and Dime Mystery. By the time the 1950's came around, the pulp industry was dying, and Gault was working at the post office by day and continued his writing by night. Don't Cry For Me, the first of his 25 mystery novels, was written in 28 days and published by Dutton in 1952; it "beautifully evokes the southern California underworld of drug dealers, addicts, hoodlums, racetrack touts, second-rate boxers, and tough-minded women with larcenous and/or homicidal proclivities" (Pronzini & Muller, p.293). Winner of the 1953 Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel. An uncommon title, and one of the most difficult Edgar winner's to find in collectors condition. Hubin, p.160. Item #4296
First Printing. Octavo (19.25cm); jade green textured paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine, and publisher's logo embossed on front cover; dustjacket; ,9-220,pp. Pinpoint wear to base of spine, a few faint foxed spots to endpapers, else very Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.50), with some light wear and rubbing to extremities, a few tiny creases, and some faint foxing on verso; Near Fine.