New York: Julian Messner, Inc., 1946. First Edition. The author's second hardcover book, and the one that propelled him to fame and success. Before being published by Messner, the book was first serialized in The Saturday Evening Post, for which Goodis received the hefty sum of $25,000. Warner Brothers purchased the film rights for an additional $25,000 and hired Goodis to write the treatment for the screen, and thanks to an excellent cast and great directing, the movie went on to be a commercial success and one of the significant noirs of the 1940's. Additionally, the book is one of the first crime novels to use the theme of a change in identity using plastic surgery. The Dark Page, Vol.1, p.114-115; Hubin, p.173. Item #5768
First Printing. Octavo (19.25cm); black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; red topstain; dustjacket; [viii],248pp. Trivial wear to base of spine, some modest erasure to front endpaper, else a fresh, very Near Fine copy, with the gilt titling unrubbed, and the topstain unfaded. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.00), with a handful of tears invisibly and archivally mended on verso, and some discreet professional restoration to spine ends and corner tips; Very Good+.