NY, Delacorte, (1976). The uncorrected proof copy of the second of Leonard's mysteries published by Delacorte in the mid-'70's, just before he gained wide recognition and popularity. Issued in tall padbound wrappers: the front wrapper has been removed, and a page of reviews taped to the first leaf serves as cover. Signed by Leonard on the title page. But for the absent cover (which may have been by design, to draw attention to the reviews), near fine in tall, pad-bound wrappers. An unusual and fragile format of one of the books that helped launch Leonard into the top tier of American crime fiction writers. [#034730] $1,250
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