New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc. 1975. An Alternate Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. Hardcover. 317pp. Octavo [21.5 cm] 1/2 black cloth with tan paper covered boards , a gilt stamped title on the spine, and the author's name stamped in gilt on the front board. The edges of the spine and covers are slightly bumped, rubbed and faded. There are a couple of tiny stains on the bottom edge of the front cover. There is a deep gouge in the rear board. The edges of the text block are very mildly foxed and soiled. The pages are subtly yellowed. The dust jacket is in good condition only. Darkened, creased, and rubbed. The jacket is also slightly soiled and stained. There are numerous small losses from the edges. There are also multiple small and large thin or closed tears in the edges. The longest tear measures 1 and 1/2 inches long. Price-clipped. Item #28787
A novel of the twenties based on the life of legendary gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond. From the jacket- "I had come to see Jack as not merely the dude of all gangsters, the most active brain in the New York underworld, but as one of the truly new American Irishmen of his day: Horatio Alger out of Finn McCool and Jesse James, shaping the dream that you could grow up in America and shoot your way to glory and riches..."