London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1938. [Haycraft-Queen cornerstone novel]. FIRST EDITION. Octavo (18 x 13cm), pp.287; , advertisement. Bound by the W.H. Smith and Son bindery in green cloth, titled in gilt to the spine. Some spotting and toning to page edges, cloth a little rubbed and darkened to extremities. Very good. The author's third book, being one of the four classic pre-war thrillers which established his reputation as a spy writer; Ambler is described by Gilbert as the pioneer of the sophisticated espionage novel and the inventor of the modern political thriller. Item #50247
Howard Haycraft; Murder For Pleasure. Cooper and Pike; Detective Fiction, see also Haining; Crime Fiction p.201. Gilbert; Ian Fleming The Bibliography, p.634.
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