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Crumley, James. THE MEXICAN TREE DUCK: A C.W. SUGHRUE NOVEL.. New York City, NY: The Mysterious Press, 1993. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 247 pages. Fine.

The author's second "C. W. Sughrue" novel. Uncorrected Proof. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by James Crumley. Without DJ, as issued. "While the often furious action of Crumley's mystery takes place in the West, from Montana to the Tex-Mex border, the novel's heart beats in wartime Vietnam. There private eye C. W. Sughrue and most of Crumley's memorable cast spent their formative years, learning about arms, reconnaissance and dope, and forging the relationships that hold them together or tear them apart as effectively as an AK-47. As the bodies fall in increasing numbers, Sughrue falls, too, into bed with various women and in love with one or two. He enlists the help of other vets, including an ex-intelligence officer who is now a lawyer famous for defending drug lords. Sustained by booze and cocaine, driven by loyalty and revenge, Sughrue and his company gradually unravel the threads of sex, drugs, oil interests, and politics that lead to a final para-military campaign with a high body count" (Publishers Weekly). A "must-have" title for James Crumley collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by James Crumley. This is one of very few signed copies of the Uncorrected Proof still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest living American mystery writers. A fine copy. . ISBN 0892963913. $50.00

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