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1 McBain, Ed (Evan Hunter) Like Love : An 87th Precinct Mystery Novel
New York Simon & Schuster 1962 First Edition Hard Cover 
Near Fine in a Good dustjacket. Black boards quarterbound in red cloth. The spine is stamped in black. Octavo. Red topstain. Decorative black and white endpapers. 223pps. Stated First Printing. There is a small, vintage price-label affixed to a preliminary page, otherwise Fine: clean, tight, square, and bright. All tips are sharp. The text is immaculate; no apparent reading wear and no previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a new mylar sleeve, is mildly rubbed, has a 2" closed tear at the heel of the spine, a smaller closed tear at the top of the front panel, and two lines of writing (faint, principally an impression) at the top of the front panel; the original price (3.50) is intact. An excellent copy of this early McBain in a flawed, though presentable, dustjacket. ".It was April. Spring had come to the 87th Precinct. But Steve Carella, Cotton Hawes, Meyer Meyer and the rest of the 87th Squad weren't enjoying it. First there was the girl on the ledge twelve stories above the street, then, a little later, the gas-filled apartment that exploded, killing an innocent bystander. This was routine, but the two bodies on the bed presented a problem. Carella and Hawes had learned through years of experience that every case has a feel to it -- something intuitive, impervious to either logic or reasoning, something close to insight. When it comes, you listen to it. You can find whiskey bottles on the floor, and clothing stacked in neat little piles, and a typewritten suicide note, and an apartment full of illuminating gas; you can add up all these pieces of evidence and come up with an obvious suicide -- and the feel tells you it ain't. It's as simple as that. But getting evidence to prove murder was anything but simple. This time it seemed impossible. And it wasn't until after they put it with the other unsolved cases in the Open File that the break finally came." Purchase with confidence: all books, gradings, and descriptions are rendered the care of a genuine bibliophile. Satisfaction guaranteed or all costs you've incurred will be promptly refunded. Thanks for your interest in Nooks Of Books. To assist with your decision, photos can be emailed upon request. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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