THE LUCKY STIFF. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1945. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 1-251 [252: blank], original black cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, top edge stained yellow, fore and bottom edges rough trimmed. First edition. One of Rice's very popular mystery novels featuring Chicago lawyer John J. Malone, "a hard-drinking, womanizing parody of the hard-boiled detective ... [here] plagued by the apparition of a woman wrongfully executed in the electric chair." - Pronzini and Muller, p. 680-81. Filmed in 1949. Barzun and Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime (1989) 2873. A bright, nearly fine copy in very good dust jacket with wear and shallow loss and fraying at spine ends and corner tips. (#157047).
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