First U. S. edition. Fine in dust jacket with light wear to the foot of spine and along the top edge of the front cover panel. Laid-in to this copy is a card from the publisher asking the reader if they enjoyed the book. If so, why? And if not, why not? "The novel tells of the little-known behind-the-lights-and-glitter goings on in big city night life. It is often shocking and always fascinating. The central character is Harry Fabian, possibly the most completely loathesome character in modern fiction. Born in a Cockney slum, merciless, shrewd, vicious, he lives in a fantastic dream world fired by American gangster films. He is the archtype of the petty underworldling and his story is an odyssey of evil, peopled with a wealth of original characters and written with profound psychological insight." Made into the 1950 movie of the same name, directed by Jules Dassin and starring Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe, Herbert Lom, Mike Mazurki, and a host of others.
Inventory Number: 40278