17 AND BLACK.
Edition: First printing.
New York: The Viking Press, (1954) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book, a hard-boiled novel about the manager of a Mexico City gambling casino - Waer's own occupation in Las Vegas: "Jim Foster, manager of gambling casinos and an honest man in a dubious profession, transfers his curious talents to Mexico City . . . The irregularities happen to include two murders, an international crime ring, various beautiful women, none of whom could ever be accused of innocence, a bewitched roulette wheel, and any number of operatives from the police and underworld." While all 3 of Waer's novels were set in the world of gambling, this was the only one to be published in hardcover. 241 pp. Dust jacket design by Bill English.
Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket (a lovely copy - the rather striking green and red dust jacket has a short closed tear at the bottom edge with associated creasing but is now in a protective cover and is quite attractive.)