First edition bound in blue cloth with gold spine lettering & decorati on. 8vo size, 512pp. About fine in dj. Just a hint of tanning to the p aper and a very light rub to the folds of the jacket. Bright, clean co py. A psychological suspense novel with heavy tones of erotica and hor ror. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Liers In Wait
Publisher: Bruce Humphries, Inc.
Publication Date: 1956
Book Condition: NF
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description Bruce Humphries, Inc, Boston, 1956. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. Boston: Bruce Humphries, Inc, 1956 Dust jacket fair, heavy rubbing to edges. Blue cloth with gilt titles to spine. Good, rubbing to edges with heavier wear to spine. Hinges slightly weak, 512 pages. . Cloth. Good/Fair. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 8509
Book Description Bruce Humphries, Inc. (c.1956), Boston, 1956. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good dj. First Edition. [slightly bumped at all corners, otherwise a solid copy with just a trace of soiling to page edges; jacket is moderately edgeworn, with a few tiny tears and some light soiling to the rear panel]. Psychological suspense yarn, taking place from 1939 through 1945, mostly in England but with chapters also set in Italy (1940) and America (1941). It commences with "a bizarre murder in a secluded castle on the Yorkshire moors, [and] evolves into a tale of sexual aberration, of sadism and lesbianism and the frightening concept of erotic books bound in human skin. The men seek power and position; the women, beautiful and luxurious and debauched, live only for the pleasure of the moment. The underlying motives of the characters are based to some extent on Freudian dreams [as opposed to just regular dreams], which the authors record with striking dramatic detail." (Plus, it's a pretty good contender for Worst Title Ever -- not a misprint, "Liers" meaning "Those Who Lie.") But get this: there's a jacket blurb from none other than Orson Welles! Did he REALLY think the book was "brilliant and possessed of many moments of philosophical beauty," or was he just doing somebody a favor? I guess we'll never know, but it does get me wondering who the heck these authors were. Apparently this was their only novel, and there's a little bit of an autobiographical whiff to the enterprise -- since the main characters/lovers are named "Major John Lawrence" and "Kay Munn.". Seller Inventory # 15723