London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1938. First U.K. Edition. An early, superlative thriller by Greene, charting the rise and fall of a sociopathic teenage gang leader in the seaside town of Brighton. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone title, and basis for two film adaptations: the 1947 John Boulting film, starring Richard Attenborough, and Rowan Joffe recent adaptation, starring Sam Riley, Helen Mirren, and John Hurt. Wobbe A13a; Hubin, p.175. Item #4816
First Impression. Octavo (19.5cm); red cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; [vi],361,pp. Gentle sunning to spine, light dust-soil to cloth, short tear at crown, with a faint circular stain to front cover, tanning to text edges and endpapers, and some faint, scattered foxing to a few preliminary and terminal leaves; Very Good, sound copy.