Hard Cover. Garden City, NY: Double Day & Company, Inc., 1933. 1st Edition. Very Good.
First edition. Publisher's grey cloth, lettered in maroon. Very good, with some toning to the spine and board edges, small stain to the front board, light rubbing to the spine ends, former owner's inscriptions to the front endpapers, a few faint and scattered spots to the otherwise clean interior. Fast One is a gritty hard-broiled mystery novel that was hailed by Raymond Chandler as "some kind of high point in the ultra hard-boiled manner" (Washington Post). First published serially in Black Mask magazine from March - September 1932, it tells the story of Kells, a reformed racketeer who is blackmailed after refusing to return to his criminal ways. Notably, Fast One is the only novel that George Caryl Sims published as Paul Cain, which as the pseudonym he used for Black Mask; for screenwriting, Sims used the penname Paul Ruric.