Edinburgh: The Moray Press, 1934. [Crime Thriller] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.278 . Publisher's blue cloth with darker blue titles to spine. With the colour-illustrated dust-jacket signed 'VCB,' priced at 7/6. Light browning and spotting to top edge. Very light offsetting to endpapers. Light wear to board edges, with some heavy bumping to lower corners. An extraordinarily well-preserved jacket, with only light toning to spine, and some light chipping and bruising to edges. Near fine. A rare post-depression crime novel, in which a fortune in stolen diamonds is smuggled from Britain to America in a barrel of salt-herring. Unlike most plot-driven suspense stories, this one features some genuine introspection and social commentary, inspired by the author's own life and the lack of work or prospects which followed so many young men in the post-war years, taking him from his native Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides to the New World, and back again, by the early 1920's. Item #54251
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