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1 Hughes, Dorothy B. In a Lonely Place
New York Bantam Books 1979 (c.1947) 0-553-12114-6 / 9780553121148 1st printing thus Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (photo cover) 
[tight & bright copy, faint handling wear]. Mass Market PB Hard-boiled novel, the basis for Nicholas Ray's 1951 film with Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame (pictured on the cover). The movie is wonderful, but the book is harder and scarier: we're in the protagonist's head from the beginning, and his guilt (unlike in the movie) is never in doubt. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2 Hughes, Dorothy B. Ride the Pink Horse
New York Duell, Sloan and Pearce (c.1946) First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [worn book, a decent reading copy but no more; some deterioration to cloth at spine and hinges, general browning/yellowing of pages due to use of cheap paper stock (typical with this book)]. Hard-boiled suspense yarn about a Chicago tough guy who comes to Santa Fe, New Mexico, seeking revenge for a double-cross. One of this underrated author's most notable works, in large measure because of the stylish film noir made from it by Robert Montgomery (who both directed and starred) in 1947. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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3 Hughes, Dorothy B. The Cross-Eyed Bear
New York Duell, Sloan and Pearce (c.1940) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [spine turned, dampstain and minor surface scraping to rear cover, light dust-soiling to top edge, internally quite clean; jacket is decent-looking, but with two strange problems: #1, it seems to have been deliberately clipped just a tiny bit at all corners, and #2, there is a single strip of old clear tape (now somewhat yellowed) running horizontally from one flap all the way across both panels to the other flap; I guess this was intended as some weird form of reinforcement but in any case it probably can't be removed without doing serious damage to the jacket, so there it stays]. This underrated mystery writer's second novel, "the story of the billionaire known as The Cross-Eyed Bear, of the three sons he hated and of the three wives they didn't want. Although he had been dead for some years, before the events in this story took place The Bear -- so known because he was big and shaggy and cross-eyed -- was behind everything that happened. He had fashioned his will in a most peculiar form because -- he said -- of his three sons he wanted two to be murdered and one to hang." (Decidedly *not* the basis for that popular TV show of the 1960s starring Fred MacMurray.) 
Price: 125.00 USD
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