24 September 2002
CAIN, Paul (Pseudonym of George Sims, 1902-66). Fast One. Garden City: Doubleday, Doran, 1933.
8o. Original printed wrappers; folding cloth case.
ADVANCED COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION of Paul Cain's first and only published novel, with the wrappers denoting a "special advance copy, sent to you with the compliments of the publishers..." in a lengthy blurb. Raymond Chandler called the work the "high point in the ultra hard-boiled manner" and its final scene "as murderous and at the same time poignant as anything in that manner that has ever been written." See William Marling's Hard-Boiled Fiction, 2001. FINE.
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