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Deaver, Jeffery. HARD NEWS. New York City, NY: Doubleday/A Perfect Crime Book, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 310 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough third novel. One of Jeffery Deaver's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Jeffery Deaver's "Hard News". Perhaps his best, most fully satisfying book. A crime novel in which Rune, the female protagonist, is erratic, unreliable, and otherwise deeply flawed, and the main antagonist comes across (in the end, after one brilliant twist after another) as more humane and sympathetic than the news-media journalists who hound him (hence the title), who are irredeemably corrupt, and are desperately hiding something diabolical. "Deaver's background as a journalist helps him to describe the ruthlessly competitive, back-stabbing caste system of network news, and to depict the tedium as well as the excitement a reporter experiences when breaking a major story. He writes with clarity, compassion, and intelligence, and with a decidedly humane slant" (Publishers Weekly). An absolute "must-have" title for Jeffery Deaver collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by the author: "11/11/92 To Ruth, from a Tovarish! Jeffery Deaver". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. A "Tovarish" is the Soviet-Era Russian term of endearment for comrade. It became popular among journalists and writers covering the former Soviet Union. So the recipient is unmistakably a fellow journalist/writer. This title is a late-modern classic of the thriller genre. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, dated, and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $600 because this is a very early Deaver outing. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant thriller/novelists of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JEFFERY DEAVER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385421214. $200.00

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