Antiquarian Book: The White Desert by Courtney Ryley Cooper - Published by Grosset & Dunlap 1922 - Crime Fiction - Lumbering

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The author of this spirited crime story set in lumber country, could be the main character in one of his own novels. Courtney Ryley Cooper ran away from home at 16 to join the circus, and ended up as chief publicist for Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey's Circus. He also wrote crime novels and circus books. He also worked as a newspaper reporter, and was a Marine.

He also campaigned against the evils of drug use, and ended up by committing suicide, which was a mystery in of itself as there was no note. Some think he was murdered! He was a favorite of J. Edgar Hoover, an expert on crime, and some believe he was a ghostwriter for Hoover.

Back to "The White Desert" - it was made into a movie in 1925. This is a first edition, second printing.

CONDITION: Good to very good - tan cloth cover, no DJ, with some staining, lots of bumping, but minimal wear inside. Pages tight with light tanning.

SIZE: 5 inches by 7 1/2 inches.

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