First printing of the modernist detective novel, a small-town nightmare grimly navigated by detective Philip Marlowe.
Near fine in like jacket.
THE LADY IN THE LAKE
"There are no goodies in THE LADY IN THE LAKE, just degrees of corruption." – Tom Hiney
Chandler's fourth novel takes Marlowe out of Los Angeles to a town near a lake, inspired in part by Chandler's own money-saving move to the woods before his writing saw mainstream success. Marlowe is sucked into a hard-boiled drama where there are no pleasant solutions, creating a disillusioned inversion of the classic Arthurian tale. A lovely copy, scarce in a bright dust jacket during wartime paper rationing.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943. 7.5'' x 4.5''. Original full green cloth, boards and spine stamped in blue. Original unclipped ($2.00) pictorial dust jacket designed by Norman Reeves. , 216,  pages. Shallow chipping to jacket spine head, otherwise minimal edgewear.
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