Danse Macabre by Frederic Mullally lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Secker & Warburg, 1959, Hardback in dust wrapper.
4th impression. [First Edition: September, 1959]
From the cover: It was at a London party that Bob Sullivan, top-line journalist who had just resigned his current Fleet Street job, first heard of Marianne. It was a few days later that young Brian Harper persuaded him to set out on a journey so that he could write the full story of the 19-year-old French girls life and death. But it was not till much later, when he found that his luggage had been ransacked in his couchette on the Naples-Barcelona Express that Sullivan became convinced she had been murdered and that he was likely to be murdered too.
By that time he had learned too much about Marianne to withdraw from Marie-Louise, the French girl who had been her friend in Paris; from Webster, the English painter in love with her on the Cote dAzur; from Franky, the Jamaican woman with whom she had lived in Rome. He could sense her beauty, her wild eroticism, the blind devotion she could inspire, the scandals she could cause. To Sullivan she was becoming an obsession. As he pursued her trail he was to learn much more, in an apartment house in Barcelona, from the Canadian novelist on the island of Ibiza. But nothing could have prepared him for the final denouement in the eerie house in the Moorish quarter of Tangier.
In his first novel Mr. Mullally has attempted a difficult task to create a full-length portrait out of the recollections of others. Marianne grows as we read about her until she comes to dominate the book. It is this which makes DANSE MACABRE much more than a thrill-packed story filled with well observed characters. The cafe society of the pleasure resorts of Europe is its background, the enigma of a girl who could never come to terms with herself or with life its compelling theme.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine.
288 pages. 8″ x 5¼”.
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