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High Sierra - W. R. Burnett

1940 - Alfred A Knopf, New York. London - First Edition in First State Dust Jacket
‘In the darkness, in a vivid flash, he saw old Barmy’s thin wise face. Dead and buried now, poor guy! What was it he’d said about being buried? Yeah. Barmy said when they planted him he’d be wearing ‘the turning globe’ for an overcoat. Now, who’d think of a thing like that but him? It made you see the little earth lost in space, turning slowly through the night.’

‘In
High Sierra, Burnett, one of the most influential of the ‘Hard-Boiled’ crime writers, changed the typical characterisation of the gangster story from the aggressive, ambitious figure characterisation of the 1930’s to the ageing Roy Earle, a gangster well past his prime. A sense of fatalism pervades the story, and Burnett and John Huston scripted a film version for Warner Bros, which was released in 1941 with Humphrey Bogart as Earle.’ – Encyclopedia of Film Noir.

Housed in custom cloth slipcase.
 
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The Urban Trilogy – The Asphalt Jungle, Little Men Big World, Vanity Row - W. R. Burnett

1949 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Editions
‘Burnett paints an unforgettable panoramic picture of the metropolitan night-world as he unfolds the story of a relentless, big-scale manhunt, filled with suspense that does not let up until the very end - peopled by characters who are credible human beings - neither monuments of virtue nor monsters of vice...’

A stunning collection of these 1940’s gangster novels, beginning with the legendary ‘Asphalt Jungle’. Written by one of the most influential authors in screenwriting history. As one of the first writers to utilise the ‘antihero’ type while exploring the underbelly of the Mafiosi, Burnett unleashed an obsession with gangsters upon Hollywood from which it still has not recovered.
 
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