King Blood by Jim Thompson (Otto Penzler – 1993)

King Blood, 1st US edition

King Blood, 1st US edition

First US edition of Jim Thompson‘s King Blood. Published by Otto Penzler Books in 1993. Introduction by James Ellroy.

The fact this was published as part of The Armchair Detective Library had everything to do with Thompson’s reputation and absolutely nothing to do with the book’s genre. It’s a western, plain and simple. A graphically violent western but a western nonetheless.

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