New York: [Published by Knopf in 1965], 1965.
1st Edition. Signed by Author. Ross Macdonald's carbon typescript for the novel - 315 pages, rectos only. Signed as Kenneth Millar with his full address on the title page - a clean copy with several corrections in the author's hand. With appx: 116 additional pages - with major corrections, primarily deletions on about 30% of the material. Pages 1-15, 20-21, 58-75, 81, 94-109, 126-129, 135-136, 138-144, 153-155. 158, 162-169, 171-184, 200-201, 210-212, 216-217, 234-238, 240-241, 245, 253-257, 259, 286-287, 295, 300-302. An interesting archive. "the finest series of detective novels ever written by an American." - NY Times. "Has Tom Hillman run away from his exclusive reform school, or has he been kidnapped? Are his wealthy parents protecting him or their own guilty secrets? And why does every clue lead Lew Archer to an abandoned Hollywood hotel, where starlets and sailors o nce rubbed shoulders with grifters--and where the present clientele includes a brand-new corpse." - back cover paperback edition. "Ross Macdonald remains the grandmaster, taking the crime novel to new heights by imbuing it with psychological resonance, complexity of story, and richness of style that remain awe inspiring. Those of us in his wake owe him a debt that can never be paid." Jonathan Kellerman.
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