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The Great Mouthpiece.

A Life Story of William J. Fallon.

Published: New York: Covici Friede, 1931

Stock code: 96847

Price: £475

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First edition, first printing. An inscribed presentation copy from the author to his daughter, inscribed on recto of front free endpaper: “To my sweet darling,/ Jane, from her/ ever-doting parent,/ Gene Fowler/ 1931”. An uncharacteristically benign inscription: Fowler’s animus towards children was legendary. William J. Fallon (1886-1927) was one of the most flamboyant characters of 1930s Manhattan, described in Great American Lawyers: an Encyclopaedia, as “one of the three greatest criminal attorneys in the first half of the twentieth century” .

Octavo. Original blue cloth lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket. Some tears to dust jacket with some loss, small pale splash mark at foot of front panel. A very good copy in the scarce dust jacket.

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