New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1947. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. First edition. Octavo, original brown cloth stamped in green. A virtually fine copy in a fine dust wrapper with a faint touch of rubbing at the edges. A sharp, clean copy. Fine in Dust Jacket. Item #309568
¶ Hard-boiled backwoods 'noir' novel. A swift story that is packaged with suspense, morality, and the forbidden topic of incest. And murder. Cain's writing is terrific in this novel. The characters burst from the pages, the plot has plenty of twists and offers a stark portrayal of hatred, lust, and even the passion of love. There is an intensity in this story and it builds and builds, then ends masterfully. The basis for the 1982 film starring Orson Welles, Stacy Keach and Pia Zadora.