Welcome to Man Drowning, a noir tale if ever there was one. First published in hardback by Harper & Brothers in 1952, it wouldn’t have been at all out of place in the Gold Medal paperback line of the same year. Nick Banning, the book’s narrator, is a blue-collar guy and a war vet, like so many of the characters in noir books and films. And like them, he has problems, chief among them his almost uncontrollable anger and his obsessive love of a woman named Sherry, to whom he was once married. He finds Sherry in Arizona and tries to convince her, and himself, that he’s changed, that his obsession with her won’t lead him to do the kinds of things he did in the past. Sherry knows better, Nick knows better, the reader knows better, and his downward spiral has already begun.
This new edition of Man Drowning is signed by Bill Crider, who wrote the introduction, and Ron Lesser, who provided the stunning cover artwork. Limited to just 200 copies for sale.