Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Very good. Light creasing to cover, age-toning. Light price sticker residue, front. Mass-market (rack) paperback. B&W photo cover. Audience: Folks who like to be scared. Mystery / Suspense classic fiction: Pictured on cover are actors Jack Nicholson (playing the vagrant co-conspirator) and Jessica Lange (as the beautiful, sexy, bored wife). They plan to murder her restaurant-owner husband. Author James Cain (1892-1977), at 42 became an overnight sensation when this novel was first on the streets in 1934 (Knopf edition). It was banned in Boston, assuring sales. Author Albert Camus later said this book inspired and was the model for his "The Stranger". This title became a Paramount Picture with a David Mamet screenplay, directed by Bob Rafelson.
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