Past All Dishonor

By James M. Cain

Long island 1946 First and moment variants earlier than Printing. Sm.8vo., 232pp., hardcover. VG in strong DJ, small stains close to folds, small closed tear on entrance fold, slim chip at head of backbone, a couple of chips alongside edges.

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