First edition of The Dead Ringer by Fredric Brown.
Octavo, 224pp. Red cloth, title in black on spine and front cover. Stated “first edition” on copyright page. Faint dampstain on front cover, not affecting text. Dust jacket previously taped down, remnants on flaps and endpapers. Clean text throughout. In publisher’s dust jacket, $2.50 retail price on front flap, tape residue on flaps, some toning to spine, residual mark from dust jacket cover along bottom edge. A nice example of the author’s second crime novel.
Fredric Brown was an American science fiction, mystery, short fantasy and black comedy writer. His first novel, The Fabulous Clipjoint, won an Edgar Award for outstanding mystery novel. Another novel, The Screaming Mimi, was adapted into a film in 1958. He is widely considered one of the best Science Fiction Writers of the 20th Century. Fredric Brown died in 1972, having published over 100 works of fiction. Since his death, many of his early pulp novels have been republished and have found a cult following.