New York: Lion Books, 1953. First Edition. Thompson's fifth paperback original, a compulsively readable piece of self-mythology which takes the reader on a ride through Thompson's life growing up in the seedy underbelly of the American West. "Burlesque hawker, drunk, bootlegger - drifter, bellhop, gambler, steeplejack, oil hand, and two-fisted brawler - all before he was old enough to vote. That's Jim Thompson's BAD BOY, swashbuckling rogue who made and lost fortunes, and barreled his way through the most lusty 20 years any man ever spent" (from rear wrapper). Hubin, p.393. Item #4611
First Printing, a paperback original novel. Octavo (16.25cm); illustrated wrappers; yellow edge-staining; ,7-160pp. Some trivial wear and dustiness to wrappers, with a few faint stress creases to same; text is fresh, with the edge-staining bright and unfaded; Near Fine.