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Jordan, Neil. SHADE. New York City, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2004. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 329 pages. As New. Signed.

The author's fourth novel. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Advance Reading Copy. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Praised by The New Yorker Magazine as one of the best novels of the year 2004. A dazzling production by Bloomsbury: Regular-sized volume format. Glossy pictorial softcovers with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Neil Jordan. Without DJ, as issued. The novel's narrator/protagonist, 50-year-old Nina Hardy, has been murdered with a pair of gardening shears by her childhood friend George Truite. The mystery is not who committed the crime but why. Although George has been for some years a resident of the local insane asylum, his madness is but a small part of the answer to the excruciating question. "Casts a wistful eye on childhood desires and alliances that call to mind William Trevor. Like Jordan's greatest success, 'The Crying Game', the novel is full of surprises and the biggest shocks are not always the most telling" (Jill Harvey). Neil Jordan is the renowned director of such films as "Mona Lisa", "Interview with the Vampire", "The End of the Affair" and "The Crying Game", for which he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1993. He is also an immensely talented and rewarding writer whose impeccable instinct for form and structure and whose profound psychological insight (put to such effective use in his rich, complex films) are just as evident in his novels, "The Past", "The Dream of a Beast", and "Sunrise with Sea Monster" (called "Nightlines" in the United States), and the brilliant short story collection, "Nights in Tunisia". A "must-have" title for Neil Jordan collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Neil Jordan. This edition was not sold commercially. This is one of few signed copies available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant living writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER NEIL JORDAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $40.00

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