London: Published for the Crime Club by Collins, 1941. [Detective Fiction] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.192. Publisher's orange cloth with black titles to spine, dust-wrapper priced 7/6. A clean copy of the book without spotting or inscriptions, in a similarly bright jacket with some light edgewear, frayed to crown with a closed tear and one chip to rear panel at foot. An attractive copy. A murdered government agent leaves a cryptic message, which Tommy and Tuppence Beresford must decipher; this is the third of five cases for the adventurous detective pair, following 'The Secret Adversary' (1922) and 'Partners In Crime' (1929). They would return in 'By The Pricking of My Thumbs' (1968) and 'Postern of Fate' (1973). Item #58694
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