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By James M. Cain

Long island 1946 First and moment versions earlier than Printing. Sm.8vo., 232pp., hardcover. VG in reliable DJ, small stains close to folds, small closed tear on entrance fold, slender chip at head of backbone, a number of chips alongside edges.

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