Three of a Kind

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943. First Edition. Second issue with a price clip on the front flap, publisher's stamped price of "$2.50" at the bottom of the front flap, and a two-paragraph admonition from James Cain (with a photo of the author) about war bonds on the rear panel.

The first appearance in hardcover of three Cain short novels: "Double Indemnity," "Career in C Major," and "The Embezzler." The first two were made into films, the most famous being Billy Wilder's 1944 classic, "Double Indemnity," a cornerstone of the film noir genre scripted by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and starring Fred Macmurray and Barbara Stanwyck.

Jacket spine lightly toned, overall about Fine in an exceptionally bright, Near Fine dust jacket. In a custom green cloth clamshell box.

The Dark Page I: 1940-1949, p. 44.

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