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The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler

1939 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition
What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on the top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell.’

Chandler's first book and the introduction to the world of the famed private eye, Philip Marlowe, and established Chandler as the master of the 'hard-boiled' detective novel. The basis for the 1946 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and an endless source of private eye quotes.

It seemed like a nice neighborhood to have bad habits in’.

A lovely bright copy, and absolutely no sign of restoration, rare and honest as you can expect this ‘dust jacket’ to be in a world where its going out of style (apologies). Housed in a custom clamshell cloth case. 
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James Tarrant, Adventurer - Freeman Wills Crofts

1941 - Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
‘What terrible tale of tragedy did these movements and these falsehoods indicate? Had Merle interviewed Tarrant, and furious or despairing at his attitude, had she put the poison in the tea?’

A lovely copy of Croft’s twenty-fifth novel, in bright dust jacket, featuring the inimitable Inspector French, and a great example of why Raymond Chandler called Freeman Wills Crofts ‘the soundest builder of them all’. 
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1955 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition, First impression, Second State
‘Bond is what every man would like to be and what every woman would like to have between her sheets.’ - Raymond Chandler on Moonraker.

The third and arguably one of the best Bond novels. .

An attractive copy of the uncommon third James Bond title, in the ‘flame’ design dust jacket by Kenneth Lewis.

Smartly housed in custom made black morocco leather and cloth clamshell case, titled in gilt.
 
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The Friends of Eddie Coyle - George V. Higgins

1972 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition
‘What I can’t get over is that so good a first novel was written by the fuzz.’ – Norman Mailer. By ‘fuzz’ Mailer is referring to U.S. Attorney George Higgins.

A fine copy housed in a custom chemise and slipcase, which also contains specially made pockets that contain three reviews:-

New York Times – ‘I don’t know what kind of lawyer George Higgins is, but I know now that he’s a writer. With “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” he’s given us the most penetrating glimpse yet into what seems the real world of crime’;

Life magazine – Shove over, Raymond Chandler, if you don’t want an elbow in the eye, And somebody pull up a chair for George Higgins, the new boy in the back room. Hard-nosed George is an assistant U.S. attorney by trade. But that first cops-and-robbers novel tucked under his arm qualifies him for the corner table where all the best tellers of low tales sit, taking their Dashiell Hammett straight with a Hemingway chaser’;

Time magazine – ‘George Higgins’s pungent, ironic dialogue precisely registers the feints and formalities of a world in which unguarded speech can often be fatal He risks confusing us in order to make us sink or swim as his characters must learn to do. Alertness is richly rewarded’.

When asked to name the top ten mysteries, Elmore Leonard said, ‘My all-time favorite, the one book that has made a lasting impression is
The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins. That would be my list’. 
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Price HK$ 2,500