New York: Hearst Magazines, 1949. The first appearance of the novel, in an abridged pre-publication format, preceding the version published by Hamish Hamilton in the UK later the same year, and the US edition, published just after that.
Chandler's fifth novel, written after several years working as a screenwriter, and dripping with his contempt for Hollywood. Basis for the 1969 neo-noir "Marlowe," directed by Paul Bogart and starring James Gardner.
Very Good plus in wrappers, with fraying and small closed tears to the spine. Partial vintage address label to the front wrapper.