Very Good -. Item #8658
New York: Ives Washburn, 1930. First Edition. Octavo; publisher's red cloth lettered in yellow; 254pp.; photographic portrait frontispiece. Lacks dust jacket. Extremities rather rubbed with shallow loss at spine crown (spine lettering rather dulled), contemporary ownership ex libris to front pastedown, brief paper flaw to front free endpaper from previously removed sticker, top fore-edge corner of frontispiece darkened, else a Good to Very Good, internally sound copy.
Gangster-turned-how-to author Danny Ahearn's claim to fame, as of the writing of this invaluable volume, was having been tried twenty-two times for various crimes, only to be convicted twice. Of his two murder charges, both were thrown out. In the present volume, rife with American underworld vernacular slang, Ahearn teaches the reader how to hold up a jewelry store, how to run a craps game, and how to commit a murder and get away with it.