The Deadly Percheron

John Franklin Bardin


John Franklin Bardin’s bold and unconventional crime thriller is at once a murder mystery, poignant love story and, most important, an unsettling and hallucinatory dark voyage into memory, madness, torture, and despair. More happens in the first fifty pages of this book than you might think possible.
       Centipede Press is proud to present this classic novel, a combination of the detective story and the tale of psychological horror, in a new edition, with a new introduction by Jonathan Lethem, and the first chapters of a previously unpublished final novel which had never before been seen. The cover is by Surrealist Salvador Dalí, and the back cover has a more complete picture of this amazing painting. Each book is signed by Jonathan Lethem.

edition information

  • Limited to 300 copies, each signed by Jonathan Lethem.
  • Introduction by Jonathan Lethem.
  • Includes the first two chapters of a previously-unpublished novel.
  • Handsome photograph of John Franklin Bardin.
  • Salvador Dalí dustjacket, head and tail bands, three-piece cloth construction.
  • Original book price: $45.
  • Published January 2007.
  • ISBN 1-933618-11-6.