The Black Eyed Blonde by John Banville / Benjamin Black 1st / 1st 2014
A first edition and first print published by Mantle in London 2014. This copy is near fine. The wrapper has not been price clipped and is clean and free from marks. The text block does not have any foxing or browning. The pages are clean and do not have any rips or tears. There is no previous owners ink. Overall, this copy is in a near fine condition with only minor wear.
Although this is Banville's attempt at a novel in the style of the Philip Marlowe series by Raymond Chandler, he has chosen to publish it under the name of Benjamin Black, the identity he has adopted for a series of crime novels (including Christine Falls and Holy Orders) featuring Quirke, an Irish pathologist in the 1950s.
Signed by the author.