Bitter Ground - W. R. (William Riley) BurnettLondon: Macdonald, 1958, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier age-toning to the spine. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block.
From the cover: “W. R. Burnett is something of a phenomenon among contemporary American writers. In the world of the crime novel he is an acknowledged master. Little Caesar, The Asphalt Jungle and Underdog are classics of their kind, and Maurice Richardson recently described this side of Burnett’s work, in the Observer, as being “streets ahead of Hammett and Chandler". But Mr. Burnett is also an impressive story-teller of the Old West, and it is to this locale that he turns again in Bitter Ground. Nobody in San Ygnucio knew much about the young man called Staff, working at the local livery stable except that he was new around the place and Sheriff Ben Gann’s daughter had fallen for him, much to her father’s annoyance. Three gunmen decided to try their luck at taking over the town. Their leader was Doc, a small sharp-eyed man, reputedly the fastest gun in the West. Ben Gann was tough, but he was growing old, and the gunmen were getting it all their own way when the mysterious Staff started to take a hand in the game. Here is a fast-paced tale of gun smoke and courage, written with a superb professionalism and in the finest tradition of Owen Wister.”