Spring has sprung, and with it comes, not a shower (if only), but a veritable deluge of books from the library sales, the cleaners-out and the movers-on. The volumes come unloosen in their thousands. Among them have been yards of U.S. history, a meter or two of philosophy (including nearly everything Heidegger ever wrote or just muttered within earshot of someone with a pencil), a ton of low-to-mid-range fishing books, and at least a smattering of everything else. As of this writing we even have a bunch of Elena Ferrante novels, which has not been the case all Winter.
The big sci-fi/horror/mystery buy is all but unpacked. Among them is this curiosity, which features one of the farthest-fetched pseudonyms I have ever encountered.
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Here's another great book from the collection. As you can see, it purports to be a mystery by the incomparable screen presence and self-described cad George Sanders.
In fact, the entire book was ghost-written by novelist/screenwriter Leigh Brackett. This fact is acknowledged in Sanders' very rye dedication:
Of course, it's possible that Brackett wrote that part, too. (Please note, this is for show-and-tell purposes only. The book is not currently for sale.)
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