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The First Deadly Sin

by Sanders, Lawrence

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New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1973. Nice copy of first printing. Unmarked, tight and square. Gold lettering on burnt orange boards clean and fresh. Price intact jacket has two tiny chips at head of spine and small triangular closed tear on rear panel. Moderate rubbing to spine of jacket. Basis for film that starred Frank Sinatra and Faye Dunaway. In mylar. . First American Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


The First Deadly Sin was Sanders’ second novel and the first of his Edward X. Delaney ‘Deadly Sins’ series. When a  councilman is found dead, killed with a blunt object, leaving no clues or motive behind, Delaney returns to work from a leave of absence caring for his sick wife. But before Delaney can track down the killer another man is murdered in the same way. As the investigation moves forward Delaney realizes the killer just may be untouchable. The novel was the basis of the 1980 film starring Frank Sinatra as Delaney and Faye Dunaway as his wife. It was originally slated to be produced by Roman Polanski, just before he fled the country, and the production was taken over by Brian G. Hutton. Bruce Willis also makes his acting debut in this film, as an extra. Lawrence Sanders, one of America's most popular novelists, began his publishing career at the age of 50, and went on to author more than twenty-two bestsellers before his death in 1988.  The First Deadly Sin was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in 1973. The original dust jacket has a $8.95 price on the front flap.


On Mar 2 2007, WhofanJohn said:
This is a wonderful book, which I have read so often I broke the spine of my first copy! It wasn't the first Lawrence Sanders book I read, that was the Tommorrow File, again a fabulous book to read.

The story of the stolid, dour but upright and fiercely honest and moral New York Detective seeking a terrible killer, counterpointed by his distress at his wife's dying and death, and the motley collection of people who assist him through his wife's death and to catch the killer is beautifully drawn. The necessary procedural elements of the the book seem to be pulled right from the experience of a cop, and once I had read this book I thirsted for more of Sanders writing.

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The First Deadly Sin
Sanders, Lawrence
Book condition
second hand - Near Fine
Jacket condition
Very Good
First American Edition
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
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Modern First Editions;
8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

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I am a internet based bookstore that specializes in Modern First Editions, film sources, Mystery and Detective fiction and Western Americana. I have approximately 10,000 books, primarily first editions with about 1300 of them signed by the author. I try and stock only books that are sound, clean and attractive.


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