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Hawes, James. A WHITE MERC WITH FINS. New York City, NY: Pantheon Books, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 289 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most sensational literary debuts of the last decade of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The first print run was very small and the edition is now rare. "Narrated by a middle-class man who, in his late twenties, is suddenly faced with his own mortality and mediocrity. To avoid the truth about himself, he develops a plan to rob a private bank that caters to the whims of the British ruling class. To pull off the robbery, he brings together three other characters, including a former dancer, with whom he becomes sexually and emotionally obsessed, the services of the IRA, and a stolen white Mercedes. The peculiar characters and absorbing action make this witty and satirical drama entertaining. The narrator's unflinching insight into the British contemporary social scene, and ultimately our own, effectively jumps from the comic to the tragic" (David A. Berona). "Crime is just Nature's way of right-sizing economic differentials" (James Hawes). A "must-have" title for James Hawes collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover even though it went into multiple subsequent printings. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce copy thus. Finalist for the Booker Prize in 1996 for "A White Merc With Fins". One of the most brilliant living writers. A fine copy. . ISBN 0679442251. $30.00

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