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Koontz, Dean R.
VG+ or better
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Lancer (#75386-095) 1972 paperback. ("A Lancer Science Fiction Original" / the first and only printing.) Cover by Armand Weston (signature at bottom), 221 pages, 95 cent cover price. Condition is VG+ or better: tight with mild tilt (1/16" to 1/8"); spine is "flat" - no lines, a raised wrinkle in middle (as printed) and has been reinforced with 2" non-yellowing library tape. Age tanning is amazingly light for a book this old - much less than expected. Stamp on first page and page 85 - no other marks or writing.
Some glue traces at top end of spine tells me this has been repaired. Lancer books of this vintage (and Berkley and Curtis Books) are notorious for having the glue fail - and then either the cover comes off or the pages fall out of the book. Careful repair with epoxy cures this, and I haven't seen a book so repaired lose pages (in the 25 years or more since I did such repairs for the SF lending library - in the early Eighties.)
Koontz started out as a Science Fiction writer, but didn't find much recognition until he worked out the kind of tale he does best - a mix of thriller, horror, and science fiction. Then he became a best-selling author, and his early novels (the first dozen under his own name and early ones under pseudonym) - are now rarities because they have not been reprinted.
Warlock, an early novel by Dean R. Koontz - in its first (only?) appearance.
[first page blurb, quoting a segment of text]: THE FACE OF YESTERDAY...