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condition: excellent
size / dimensions: Signed Hardcover

Collectible Books--Classic Mystery Noir by one of New Mexico's greatest authors

"The Expendable Man" by Dorothy B. Hughes; Random House (New York 1963). Hardcover. First Edition. No dust jacket. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR.

"[C]ritic H R F Keating chose The Expendable Man as one of his Crime and Mystery: The 100 Best Books. 'A late addition to the thirteen crime stories Dorothy B Hughes wrote with great success in one prolific spell between 1940 and 1952,' it was, in his view, her best book. But it is far more than a crime novel. Just as her earlier books had engaged with the political issues of the 1940s -- the legacy of the Depression, and the struggles against fascism and racism -- so The Expendable Man, published in 1963 during Kennedy's presidency and set in Arizona, evokes the emerging social, racial and moral tensions of the time." (From Persephone Books)

"A mystery writer who. . . in America was regarded as one of the great names of detective fiction...Her real talent lay in an ability to create atmospheres of growing apprehension and fear, a very modern approach at a time when Agatha Christie was producing her comparatively predictable puzzles. . . . Her last, and some consider her best, work of fiction was 'The Expendable Man'." --The Times (London)

"Puts Chandler to shame . . . Hughes is the master we keep turning to." --Sara Paretsky, author of the V. I. Warshawski novels

Dorothy Hughes (1904-1993) lived in New Mexico most of her life:
"For four decades Hughes was the crime-fiction reviewer for The Albuquerque Tribune, earning an Edgar Award for Outstanding Mystery Criticism from the Mystery Writers of America in 1950." (New York Review of Books)

Very Good to Excellent Condition.


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