New York: L. B. Fischer, 1943. Octavo, pp. [1-12] [1-2] 3-496 [497-498: blank], cloth. First edition. The author's first novel. A novel of crime and the numbers racket which also frames contemporary social commentary. "...the reader is confronted with a terrible, blinding vision of the whole of modern society mirrored in the microcosm of the New York Underworld. It is a tragic picture, one of the slow, relentless destruction of man's natural self by economic insecurity-of a world in which men are dehumanized and demoralized by the steady pressure of economic necessity." - book review, New York Times, 25 April, 1943 by Thomas Lyle Collins. Filmed in 1948 as Force of Evil with John Garfield. Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir, 141. Silver and Ward (eds.), Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style (3rd edition), pp. 105-106. Johnson, The Dark Page I, pp. 280-281. Top page edges a bit dusty, a little rubbing to corner tips and spine ends, spine a bit dull, a very good copy without dust jacket. (22330). Item #22330

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