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By Dennis Lehane (2001)
SIGNED, First Edition, First Printing
DESCRIPTION: One of the most common questions out there among people who collect "hypermodern" first editions (books less than thirty years old) is how to best guess which living authors to be collecting in the first place; and while only the future will show us which writers of our times will still be read and venerated a century from now, it's almost never a bad bet to target an author both popular and award-winning, pick the most famous title of their career, then purchase a signed first edition, first printing of it in immaculate shape. Take this signed first-edition copy of Mystic River for example, the 2001 stunner about childhood abuse and long-term manifestation by Dennis Lehane, which undoubtedly is his most famous because of the Oscar-winning adaptation by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn among many others; although to be sure, this is far from Lehane's only brush with Hollywood, having also been the author of Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone and Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, as well as a multi-award-winning staff writer of the TV show The Wire during its flabbergasting third through fifth seasons. Fans call Lehane one of the most poetic noir authors in history, a rare superstar when it comes to portraying both the motivations and speech patterns of some of the lowest members of our society; and as recent history has shown us, with the sudden rise in value recently of old pulp titles from the 1930s, it is always genre fiction that takes so long to be embraced by both academia and collectors, making this a great choice for a long-term investor just making their first acquisitions now at a young age.
CONDITION: Text: Like New (LN). Indistinguishable from how it appeared brand-new in bookstores. Dust Jacket: Like New (LN). Indistinguishable from how it appeared brand-new in bookstores, now protected in a Demco mylar sheet. SIGNED on the title page. Stated "First Edition" on the copyright page, along with a "1" at the bottom of the page, makes this a true first edition, first printing.
PROVENANCE: Acquired by CCLaP in spring 2013 at the Bella Luna going out of business sale.