BEEF, IRON AND WINE. Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1916. Octavo, original brown cloth stamped in gold and blind. First edition. Spicy slice-of-life fiction from this Chicago journalist who published four gangster novels in the early 1930s, two featuring Polack Annie. He became best known for a series of seamy thrillers he wrote with Lee Mortimer, NEW YORK CONFIDENTIAL (1948), CHICAGO CONFIDENTIAL (1950), WASHINGTON CONFIDENTIAL (1951), and U.S.A. CONFIDENTIAL (1952). He also wrote scripts for Hollywood. An important presentation copy with signed inscription by Lait dated 1917 to William Fox, founder of Fox Films (later Twentieth Century Fox). Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 L-18. Some of the gold stamping on spine panel is dull, else a very good copy. (#117603).