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Pale Kings and Princes: A Spenser Novel by  Robert B PARKER - Signed First Edition - 1987 - from Bluebird Books (SKU: 81925)

Pale Kings and Princes: A Spenser Novel

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Pale Kings and Princes: A Spenser Novel

by PARKER, Robert B

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  • First
Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
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New York: Delacorte Press. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1987. First Edition. Hardcover. 0385295383 . A signed, stated first printing of the author's thriller, featuring his private investigator character, Spenser. Per the jacket flap, this work is centered around the cocaine trade in central Massachusetts. Signed, in typical Parker fashion, with his initials on half title page. --- In grey paper-covered boards backed in blue cloth, with titling in gilt on spine. Purplish jacket with cocaine trade imagery on cover and photographic portrait of the author by Jerry Bauer on rear flap. --- With a remainder mark to lower textblock edge, else a clean, bright, newish copy. Unclipped jacket with slight rubbing, else very nice.; Octavo (8 to 9 in. tall); (8), 256 pages; Signed by Author .


Pale Kings and Princes is a Spenser novel by Robert B. Parker. The title is taken from John Keats's poem La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad. Following the murder of a reporter, Spenser is hired by a newspaper to investigate drug smuggling around the area of Wheaton, Massachusetts. There he encounters many troubles, including the death of a policeman and his son. Spenser, with the help of his friend Hawk, eventually secures the downfall of the local cartel.


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Pale Kings and Princes: A Spenser Novel
PARKER, Robert B
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Used - Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
First Edition
Delacorte Press
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published

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About Bluebird Books

Bluebird Books is the bookselling business of Eric Mayer, operating from my base in Littleton, Colorado. I specialize in classic fiction and literature, books on birds and natural history, railroadiana, biography, history and many other genres. Bluebird Books features publications by the Modern Library and Everyman's Library. I offer free shipping on books shipped within the US via USPS Media Mail. INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: I recommend that you use for your international orders because they have formed a partnership with Asendia to allow for much more affordable shipping on parcels weighing under 5 lb. (about 2.26 kg).


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First Edition
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half title
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remainder mark
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title page
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"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched... [More]
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.

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