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by MacDonald, Ross (Kenneth Millar)

Condition: Very Good

New York: Bantam Books, 1972. Vintage Paperback. Bantam Books N7189. An early hard-boiled crime novel from MacDonald writing under his real name and before he created private detective, Lew Archer, and the mystery-detective series that put MacDonald in the class of Hammett and Chandler. This novel, set in Hawaii at the end of WWII, features Sam, a U.S. Navy officer, on leave and rehabbing, whose three weeks ashore have seen him at the scene of three murders, trapped in a bizarre game of adulterous husbands, revolution, and espionage. First printing, first paperback edition (originally issued in hardcover by Dodd, Mead in 1946). Pictorial wrappers' front cover shows small graphic of strangled woman against orange background and black and gold lettering. Small, irregular chip missing top of spine, reading creases, minimal other wear. Text shows age-tanning in margins. Overall, complete, clean and unmarked. Decent reading copy of hard-to-find, early MacDonald work. . Mass Market Paperback. Very Good.


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