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London: Jarrolds Publishers London Limited, n.d.. [1939]. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-255 [256] [note: first leaf is a blank],. original gray cloth, spine panel stamped in black.. Private bookplate tipped onto front paste-down. Aside from some. foxing to pages early and late and page edges, a fine copy in good. printed first printing dust jacket (7/6 price on spine panel) with. shelf wear at edges, several creases, and shallow chips from lower. spine end and upper edge of rear panel. (#133018). First edition. The author's first book, a hard-boiled crime novel about the kidnapping of an heiress by a mob of ruthless gangsters. "... one of the best-selling mysteries ever published ... The shocking blend of violence, sex, and American gangsters sold more than a million copies within five years of publication." - Steinbrunner and Penzler, Encyclopedia of Mystery & Detection, p. 81. Filmed in 1948 and again in Cinerama in 1971 as "The Grissom Gang." Hubin (1994), p. 156.
      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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