THIS GUN FOR HIRE. Graham Greene.
THIS GUN FOR HIRE.
THIS GUN FOR HIRE.

THIS GUN FOR HIRE.

[the Penzler copy] Garden City NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1936. Original wheat cloth stamped on the spine in green, top page edge green, with dust jacket.

First Edition, preceding the UK edition which was titled A GUN FOR SALE. It is the tale of the assassin Raven, a hitman who kills a Czech Minister of War in others' plot to provoke war; he is then betrayed by the person who hired him, and sets out to find him... This was the first of several Greene noir tales of pre-war and wartime England, such as BRIGHTON ROCK (1938), THE CONFIDENTIAL AGENT (1939), and THE MINISTRY OF FEAR (1943). In 1942 "This Gun for Hire" came out as a film starring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, and Robert Preston, plus a young Yvonne De Carlo with her one line "Cigarette, Sir?" -- with the action re-located from England to California.

This volume is in fine condition. The dust jacket is nearly fine as well -- there are a few tiny edge-nicks, plus (as usual) the red "Graham | Greene" panel on the spine is faded. The $2.00 price remains on the front flap, along with a stamped "D" that also appears on the volume's front paste-down. Provenance: as indicated on the rear free endpaper, this was lot 148 in Swann Galleries's April 2010 sale of Otto Penzler's collection of British Espionage and Thriller Fiction -- where it realized $3,360.00. Item #14666

Price: $2,950.00

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