Good. No Jacket. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. 311 pp. The spine covering is moderately worn at the head and foot, and the book is slightly cocked. The binding is tight, the hinges are solid, and the text is clean.
Front free endpaper lacking; shelf-slanted with some rubbing and use to the cloth along the extremities. 311 pp. 8vo, Hollywood literary agent H. N. Swanson's copy, with his stamp on the top and bottom edges and the title page. Cordially inscribed to Swanson by the author.
First edition. Fine in a lightly worn, near fine and attractive dustwrapper designed by Charles B. Gilbert with a few short tears and some rubbing. The jacket has an unusual design with the tops and bottoms of the flaps extended, folded inward and glued (as issued) to make pockets that hold the jacket on. Very hardboiled private eye novel. The Chicago-born author was a newspaper journalist who wrote a column on rackets and racketeering, and later became a successful screenwriter. Among his produced scripts were The Great John L., The Angel and the Bad Man, Sands of Iwo Jima, Flying Leathernecks, Hondo, The Alamo, and Donovan's Reef. This particular novel was the basis for the fast-paced and very entertaining 1936 Charles Vidor film Muss 'em Up, with Preston Foster as detective "Tip" O'Neil. See this book in 3D on our site.
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