Hard Cover. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1942. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. One of 6,500 copies. Publisher's light grayish brown cloth, stamped in dark purplish red to boards and spine; in the original blue, yellow, and white dust jacket designed by Hans J. Barschel. A very good copy with a slight lean to spine and wear to spine ends, a bit of loss to the cloth at spine head, a touch of offsetting to endpapers and toning to top edge of text block, else very clean; in a very good unclipped dust jacket with some wear to extremities, a few chips to spine ends and corners, a few scattered abrasions, particularly to front panel which also has four tiny, innocuous holes. Overall, a nice copy. Bruccoli A3.1.a In The High Window, private investigator Philip Marlowe searches for the wealthy Murdock family's missing rare coin, the Brasher Dubloon. What seems to be a simple case turns into a complicated web of crime and deceit. In classic Chandler fashion, he keeps the reader guessing until the very end. This novel is also demonstrative of Marlowe's sensitivity underneath his tough exterior, which distinguishes him from similar hard-boiled detective characters such as Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op and Sam Spade. After uncovering the victimization of the Murdock family's secretary Merle, Marlowe makes a point to remove her from her harmful living situation.