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"FITT, Mary" - [FREEMAN, Kathleen, 1897-1959] : DEATH STARTS A RUMOUR.
Redhill : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1949). [Second edition]. A Superintendent Mallett tale from this always interesting and erudite author. Originally published by Nicholson & Watson in 1940.
"GLINTO, Darcy" - [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : LADY - DON'T TURN OVER.
London : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1940). First edition. "Clare Holding went to a night club, but she didn't go back home ..." Kelly's archetypal White Slave kidnap novel - the first British crime thriller to be banned by the courts. Copies are also known in a pictorial dust-jacket, but these are perhaps of later issue.
"GLINTO, Darcy" - [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : NO MORTGAGE ON A COFFIN.
London : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1941). First edition. "His work was sabotage; his recreation women". Gangsters, Nazi spies and mistresses in East Coast America. The book was voluntarily withdrawn from sale by the publishers when both they and the author pleaded guilty to obscenity charges relating to two other Glinto titles at the Old Bailey in May 1942.
"STERLING, Stewart" - [WINCHELL, Prentice, 1895-1976] : DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN.
Redhill : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1949). First British edition. An early title from Sterling, originally published in New York in 1943. An unusual waterfront story story featuring the New York Harbor Police.
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SYMONDS, F. Addington (Francis Addington), 1893-1971 : MURDER OF ME.
London : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1946). First edition. “My dear daughter Pearl : By the time you get this, you will be acquainted with all the apparent circumstances of my death. You will have heard that my body was found in a ditch off the Spaniards Road on Hampstead Heath; the coroner will have returned a verdict of Death from Natural Causes ... and that will be that. Nevertheless, my death was no more due to ‘natural causes’ than was that of the victims of, say, Crippen, Mahon or Major Armstrong. It was the inevitable climax to a deliberate plot; in a word - and a very ugly word - it was Murder”.
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TRACY, Don (Donald Fiske), 1905-1976 : HOW SLEEPS THE BEAST.
London : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1941). First paperback edition. The shocking tale of an amiable young black man in the American south charged with the rape and murder of a white woman. Tracy was unable to find an American publisher and the book was first published in London by Constable in 1937.
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