Publication: Lion Books, 1952, New York
First edition. PBO. Lion 99. Color pictorial wrapper. A trace of wear at spine edges and a minor dent across top page edges, with a few light reader's creases to the front cover, else a near fine copy. The first of 26 paperback original crime novels written by Thompson between 1952-1973, and one of the most brilliant narratives of the criminal psyche ever put on paper. Lou Ford is a deputy sheriff in a small West Texas town. Lou has a "sickness" he's held under control for 15 years, but now he's afraid it is about to break out. And when it does, everyone watch out! In our view one of the best hard-boiled novels ever written. One of the most brilliant narratives of the criminal psyche ever put on paper. A classic of the genre. The basis for two notable film adaptations; the 1976 version starring Stacey Keach and Susan Tyrrell, and the brutal, well-executed Michael Winterbottom adaptation of 2010 that starred Casey Afleck, Jessica Alba, and Kate Hudson.
Inventory Number: 45831