CLANDESTINE - WITH A LENGTHY, EARLY INSCRIPTION
Place Published: London
Publisher: Allison & Busby Ltd.
Date Published: 1984
Edition: First British Edition
Book Id: 285
First Printing. Octavo; black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 342pp. With a full-page, outrageous inscription by the author in an early hand on the front endpaper: "To Sol and Patty Grossman - L.A. in the 1950's wants to singe your souls with intimations of murder and sensualrebirth! Be there or be square! James Ellroy." Fine in a Fine, unclipped jacket, with light fading to author's name on the spine.
Ellroy's second and scarcest book, first published by Avon in 1982 as a paperback original; the British edition is the first and only hardcover format of this title. An important novel in the Ellroy canon, as it marks the first appearance of his character Dudley Moore. Copies inscribed in an early hand are uncommon.