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Nicholas Blake - A Penknife in My Heart

N.Y., Harper, 1958. First U.S. edition. This novel does not feature Nigel Strangeways, but concerns the attempt to commit a perfect murder, vaguely similar to Highsmith's Strangers on a Train.  Indeed, the first UK edition of 'Penknife'  found two of the main characters with the same first names as in the Highsmith, which Day-Lewis changed upon discovering this.  Fine in dust jacket, which has a darkened spine. $15.00


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