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Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1965. The first book by the author of the highly popular, Edgar Award-winning Dave Robicheaux mystery series, among other books. His early books were well-received critically but were seen as "regional" fiction and never enjoyed significant commercial success. His foray into genre fiction earned him high praise as one of the most "literary" of the mystery novelists, and his books soon became instant bestsellers upon publication. Like the Robicheaux books, this is set in the author's home state of Louisiana and is a tale of violence and the quest for redemption, revealing the underpinnings of Burke's later series and his attempt to develop the strands that would define a heroic character in contemporary terms. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with mild fading and rubbing to the spine. A nice copy of an important first book. [#914619] $1,750

NY, Crowell, (1971). The third of Burke's early novels, published by Crowell, who was not well-established as a publisher of fiction. Signed by the author. Small spot to lower rear board, a bit of offsetting to endpages; very near fine in a very near fine dust jacket with just a bit of loss of crispness to the edges. [#914621] $1,250

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 1986. After publishing three novels in the late Sixties and early Seventies, Burke went 15 years without having a novel published in hardcover, until LSU -- which had recently had great critical and commercial success publishing John Kennedy Toole's posthumous, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces -- published this. Critical reception was immediate and extremely positive, and the following year Burke had the first book in his award-winning Dave Robicheaux mystery series published by a major New York publisher. It can rightly be said that this was his breakthrough book. Signed by the author. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with just a hint of wear to the spine extremities. [#912963] $250

(New Orleans), (B.E. Trice), (2000). The limited edition of this Robicheaux novel. Of 176 total copies, this is number 40 of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine slipcase. [#912978] $175

Huntington Beach, Cahill, 1992. The first separate edition of this short story, which was also included in Prize Stories 1993: The O. Henry Awards. Of a total edition of 326 copies, this is number 20 of 300 numbered copies signed by the author and illustrator. Fine. [#912967] $150

(New Orleans), (B.E. Trice), (2001). The limited edition. Of a total edition of 176 copies, this is number 42 of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine slipcase. [#913801] $125

(New Orleans), (B.E. Trice), (2001). The limited edition of this novel featuring series character Billy Bob Holland, a lawyer and Vietnam vet. Of a total edition of 176 copies, this is one 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine slipcase. [#018542] $125

(London), Orion, (2000). The first British edition of this Robicheaux novel, which preceded the U.S. edition. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with an introductory price sticker on the front panel. [#912981] $40

NY, Hyperion, (1995). Very Good in Very Good DJ. [#701402] $20

NY, Hyperion Books, (1994). Very Good in Very Good DJ. Promotional bookmark laid in. [#705003] $20

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