The Urban Trilogy – The Asphalt Jungle, Little Men Big World, Vanity Row - W. R. Burnett 1949 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Editions ‘Burnett paints an unforgettable panoramic picture of the metropolitan night-world as he unfolds the story of a relentless, big-scale manhunt, filled with suspense that does not let up until the very end - peopled by characters who are credible human beings - neither monuments of virtue nor monsters of vice...’

A stunning collection of these 1940’s gangster novels, beginning with the legendary ‘Asphalt Jungle’. Written by one of the most influential authors in screenwriting history. As one of the first writers to utilise the ‘antihero’ type while exploring the underbelly of the Mafiosi, Burnett unleashed an obsession with gangsters upon Hollywood from which it still has not recovered.
  W. R. Burnett (1899-1982) wrote 33 novels, 18 of which were thrillers, 27 screenplays, and received 60 screen credits. His importance to the gangster genre and, to a lesser extent, film noir cannot be overestimated. Two of his novels changed film history (Little Caesar and The Asphalt Jungle), and a third, High Sierra, marked a change in the gangster genre that prefigured the influence of noir a few years later.

Reference: Mayer & MacDonald,
Encyclopedia of Film Noir, 25.

Octavo (20 x 14 cm). pp. [12] 271 [5]; [8] 308 [4]; [8] 276 [4].
Asphalt Jungle in publisher’s purple patterned paper covered boards, spine lettered in black, front panel with silhouette vignette, dust jacket priced $2.75 to upper corner of front flap. Little Men Big World in publisher’s purple cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front panel lettered and with vignette in blind, top edge tinted green, dust jacket price-clipped. Vanity Row in publisher’s blue patterned cloth boards, spine lettered in black, dust jacket price-clipped.
  Condition: Near fine, minor soiling to top edges, in near fine dust jackets, last two two price-clipped, some wear to spine ends.   Ref: 108651   Price: HK$ 4,500