NY: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1967. First Edition. Brief signed presentation from Spillane on the front endpaper: “Hi Ron! Mickey Spillane.” Mickey Spillane [1918–2006] was an American crime novelist (and a New Jersey guy), whose stories often feature his signature detective character, Mike Hammer. More than 225 million copies of his books have sold internationally. Spillane was also an occasional actor, once even playing Hammer himself in Ring of Fear (1954). Ron is a Chicago-based book collector who amassed a large mystery genre collection. In 1946, Spillane, an established comic-book writer created the private-eye character Mike Danger for proposed comic-book or comic-strip publication. Unable to sell the project as a comic, he reworked the story as the novel I Jury,” converting Mike Danger to Mike Hammer and supporting character Holly to Velda. 8vo., blue cloth in dust jacket; 219 pages. Item #57422
Very Good (covers nice but with little occasional bumping; contents clean & tight but first four pages have a crease to the upper corner [see image]; little soiling & minor edgewear (small tear) d/j.