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Gumshoe; Reflections in a Private Eye

Josiah Thompson

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ISBN 10: 0316841757 / ISBN 13: 9780316841757
Published by Little Brown & Co., Boston, 1988
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Little Brown, Boston, Mass, 1988. Hardcover. First Edition, Second Printing. Book Condition: Near Fine. Head and Tail of spine are some what rounded but still quite stiff. Paper block square and tight. Looks clean. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1,1/2 inch closed tear at top of front fold. A couple of small edge wear tears. Price intact. All flaws listed. Jacket is protected in Brodart cover and book placed in archival bag.Inscribed by the author and dated." For Carolin, With best wishes and thanks for coming to the talk. Josiah Thompson, October, 20, 1988". Also included is a flier from the event he signed the book. INSCRIBED, DATED IN YEAR OF PUBLICATION AND SIGNED ON HALF TITLE PAGE !!!. Bookseller Inventory # 000178

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Title: Gumshoe; Reflections in a Private Eye

Publisher: Little Brown & Co., Boston

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Philosopher-turned-detective Josiah Thompson tells how his curiosity about the danger and riddle-solving that surrounds detective work led to a career as a private eye in San Francisco and includes details of detective work and philosophical musing on his

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Why would a philosophy professor at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, married with two dependent children, give up a tenured post paying an estimated $75 an hour to become a San Francisco private eyeapprentice op, in the lingoat $10 an hour? Perhaps for the "voyeur's rush" he feels on surveillance jobs? Readers, for their part, will experience little of that high as Thompson relates the "hugger-mugger stuff" (his wife's phrase) of his work during 1978-88: a palimony suit involving a gay podiatrist, murder in Chinatown, domestic-estrangement capers, a trip to India on a child-custody case. With nods to Kierkegaard's "despair of finitude" and to the "detectivery and shadowy" ideal of "St. Dashiell" (Hammett), he shows us a philosopher "dicking around as a detective" and becoming so pleased with himself that he makes his new career permanent. Readers can only wonder at his misreading of Soren and Dash.
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