London: The Crime Club, by Collins, 1954. [Spy novel] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.192. Publisher's cloth binding in dust-wrapper priced at 10/6. No inscriptions. Some toning, spine panel a little browned. Very good indeed. Secret Service thriller from the Queen of Crime; When a number of leading scientists disappear without trace, concern grows within the intelligence agency. When the only possible lead dies in a plane crash, a British spy must persuade a potential suicide that if she must die, it may as well be in the service of her country. Published as 'So Many Steps to Death' in the USA. Published 1st November 1954. This it the first edition in book form; an abridged serialisation appeared in John Bull Magazine, September - October 1954. Item #62327
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