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BRETT, Mike (Michael), 1921-2000 : THE GUILTY BYSTANDER : A DIAMOND WAS THIS GIRL’S WORST FRIEND!

BRETT, Mike (Michael), 1921-2000 : THE GUILTY BYSTANDER : A DIAMOND WAS THIS GIRL’S WORST FRIEND!

London : Brown, Watson, [1960]. First British edition. One of the two early Sam Dakkers novels from Brett – Sam scrams down the fire-escape, “but a gentleman is always a gentleman – and when he heard gun shots coming from the gal’s place he ran back up ...”. Digit Book D 310. First published in the USA in 1959. “Never make a pass at the Devil’s moll” runs the tagline.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – the design from the American Ace Double edition; some very mild rubbing; some creasing, more particularly to lower wrapper, but overall a very good copy.

£20

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LAWRENCE, Keith : WOMAN IN CUSTODY.

LAWRENCE, Keith : WOMAN IN CUSTODY.

London : Brown, Watson, (1961). First edition. Frau Fifi is arrested in Rome for a murder in Munich. Digit Books R535.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Rainey; some very minor rubbing and wear; slight creasing; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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LONDRES, Albert, 1884-1932 : THE ROAD TO BUENOS AYRES : THE MOST TERRIBLE EXPOSURE OF THE WHITE SLAVE TRAFFIC EVER WRITTEN.

LONDRES, Albert, 1884-1932 : THE ROAD TO BUENOS AYRES : THE MOST TERRIBLE EXPOSURE OF THE WHITE SLAVE TRAFFIC EVER WRITTEN.

London : Brown, Watson, [1959]. Third edition in English of "Le Chemin de Buenos-Aires : La Traite des Blanches" (Paris : 1927). The 1928 Eric Sutton translation of the pioneering investigative journalist. Digit R271.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (158),[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; lightly rubbed, but overall a very good copy.

£15

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"RICHARDS, Rex" : [COVER TITLE] FLOOSIE FOR HIRE.

London : Brown, Watson, [1951]. First edition : the title-page of this Dutch printed production is mysteriously blank. "The night it happened was one of those cold bleak nights with the wind screaming through the trees, and if you had any sense you were stuck round the fire with a book, or curled up on a divan with a bottle of rye, a packet of weeds and a blonde. Being sensible, I was doing the latter!" - cosy scene interrupted by best friend being found hanged.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - an eye-catching design in green polka dot - unsigned but probably by John Pollack; small chip and some splitting to spine; some light creasing and mild soiling; staples lightly rusted; a few internal spots and faint creases; a good copy of one of the most attractive of the Brown Watson publications. Only the British Library copy located in the major UK libraries.

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STANDISH, Walter : I LIKE MY WOMEN TOUGH.

STANDISH, Walter : I LIKE MY WOMEN TOUGH.

London : Brown Watson, [1950]. First edition. Corpse disappears, redhead comes looking - "She was a red-head and I got a pash for that kind. Red-heads with green eyes. That adds up to my sort of homework ...".
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - red lips, red shoes, scanty green garment - an unsigned design, but possibly by John Pollack (1918-1985); minor wear at tips, with a short nick at foot; a few slight crease, with more pronounced diagonal crease to upper wrapper; staples rusting; internally a few minor marks and slight nicks, but overall a very good copy. Only the British Library copy located in any of the major UK libraries.

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STANDISH, Walter : JEOPARDY.

STANDISH, Walter : JEOPARDY.

London : Brown Watson, [1952]. First edition. "Where there's a gangster, you've gotta look for a moll. She's here, Magda Dufay, she calls herself. She's a tall redhead, with the air of a queen and the soul of a slut. Magda impales guys' hearts on the point of a poniard and grills them over the Devil's Cauldron. Maybe today she's Queen of Hell. I'd not know; I'm not in on all His Satanic Majesty's secrets ...".
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp - but lacking half-title, which has been roughly torn out. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - unusually wholesome and fully dressed blonde; somewhat worn, creased and frayed; chipped at foot, with short horizontal tear to spine; small corner chipped and slight ring-mark on upper wrapper; staples rusted; internally spotted and creased; a serviceable reading copy.

SOLD

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