New York: Covici-Friede, Publishers, (1932). Arthur Hawkins, Jr. (dust jacket illustration). First Edition. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. 8vo. Pp. , 3-260. Bound in yellow cloth with black lettering and red dots stamped on front board and spine. In the color illustrated dust jacket with old tape reinforcement to interior head of spine, slight stain to tail of spine, and with spine faded from red to brown. Flap price of $2.00 intact. Near Fine / Very Good-. Item #5741
Hardboiled fiction by the noted mystery writer
bubbles over in this novel involving an ex-prizefighter, speakeasies, hangovers and "a hard little soft girl" (flap copy). Dedicated by the author to several men "and my other friends behind the bars." The dust jacket illustration by Arthur Hawkins, Jr. ably captures Jazz Age effervescence, with a flapper in red lipstick and a slinky dress amid martini glasses. Scarce. Dust jacket is now protected in a removable, clear archival sleeve.