Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1964. First edition. A Fine copy Near Fine dust jacket. Jacket with very slight wear at the extremities, retaining the original price of $5.50.
This collection of Raymond Chandler short stories from the 30s and early 40s, many from the famed Black Mask magazine, was released after his death. In fact, Chandler did not want the collection published during his lifetime because he had re-used many elements of these stories in his longer novels. In addition to the titular story, the collection includes tales such as The Man Who Liked Dogs, parts of which were featured in Farewell, My Lovely, and The Curtain, which was re-purposed in The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye. “Raymond Chandler's pulp novelettes [stand high above the rest of the season], to some extent cannibalized in his novels but still important in their own right” (Contemporary New York Times review). Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #4560)