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Like a Hole in the Head - SIGNED 1st Edition/1st Printing

Banbury, Jen

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ISBN 10: 0316171107 / ISBN 13: 9780316171106
Published by Little Brown & Co, Boston, 1998
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Flawless As-New condition 1st Edition/1st Printing hardcover and dust jacket SIGNED and dated by Jen Banbury on the title page without inscription. This was Banbury's highly-regarded first and, to this date, only novel; in 2003 she turned to journalism and has been writing and reporting for Salon, NPR, etc. ever since. "Like a Hole in the Head is a fast and funny debut that reads like a furious, rocket-fueled update of The Maltese Falcon. Author Jen Banbury deftly keeps the plot cooking, but the real triumph here is in the creation of her heroine, Jill. She's tough, fallible, and refreshingly human." -- George Pelecanos. We will pack the book in bubble-wrap to protect its corners and ship it in a sturdy box to ensure safe delivery. Bookseller Inventory # ABH124

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Title: Like a Hole in the Head - SIGNED 1st Edition...

Publisher: Little Brown & Co, Boston

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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From a startling new writer comes a wisecracking novel starring one of the toughest, funniest heroines around. Jill, a part-time bookseller with a dangerous wit, buys a first-edition Jack London--and then unloads it for a profit. But her good fortune turns out to be short-lived when an outlandish cast of psychopaths, sleazy book dealers, and minor-league Hollywood moguls start sniffing around for the missing volume Author publicity .


The same marinade of lonely-girl tough-talk that flavored Barbara Seranella's Edgar Award-nominated first novel, No Human Involved, enriches playwright Jen Banbury's wonderfully raucous and raunchy debut, Like a Hole in the Head. Banbury's mystery is also set in a Los Angeles made memorable by fresh insights. "I took Venice Boulevard," says Jill, who works in a used bookstore. "Past all the two-story apartment buildings where old women laid out their cast-off clothes like a distress signal. They would sit around in beach chairs waiting to sell wrinkled muumuus for two bucks a pop. Past the strip malls with the five dollar manicure places. Past Donut Heaven, Donut Time, Winchell's Donuts, Time for Donuts, I Love Donuts, Falafel and Donuts, Jimmy's Donuts, and Dough-nutty. Past the Hare Krishna temple. I had gone there once for a free vegetarian meal. They asked me to leave before serving me. You have to chant before you can eat and I kept saying 'Hairy Hitler' instead of Hare Krishna. The girl praying next to me blew the whistle. I was hungry and I shouldn't have been such a wiseass. I've heard the food is pretty good." There's also a plot, of sorts: a rare first edition of a Jack London work drops Jill into a bizarre and dangerous substrata of desperate dwarfs, failed actors, and lethal antiquarian book dealers.

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