The Steam Pig. James MCCLURE.

The Steam Pig

London: Gollancz, 1971. First U.K. Edition. First Impression. Octavo (20cm); red paper-covered boards titled in gilt on the spine; dustjacket; 224pp.; spine ends pushed, affecting title on spine; heavy erasure on front free end paper; mild foxing to textblock and endpapers; small scuff to rear board; Very Good. The dustjacket is unclipped (priced £1.60 net) with light rubbing to extremities; about Near Fine.

Author's first crime novel and winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award for 1971. First book of the Kramer and Zondi series. The setting is, most unusually, a South African town...it all begins with an embarrassing mix-up at an undertaker's. Two bodies are awaiting disposal, side by side...[and] a method of murder peculiar to certain Bantu gangsters. (from the dustjacket); HUBIN, p.266.

Price: $25.00

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