London: The Crime Club, (1940). First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine / Very Good. Original orange cloth, lettered in black to the spine. George Cole's own copy of the book with a statement in his own hand to the front free endpaper - "Please return to/ G.D.H. Cole/74 Holders Hill Road/London, N.W.4." This one of a kind copy also comes with a bright and complete dust jacket. Also, based on most of the critics, this book represents their best work. The jacket shows some minor edgewear to the spine ends. The setting is World War II and an explosion at the factory kills the wife of the factory manager. A leading Union figure is arrested for the crime and the angry workers go on strike, shutting down an important source of war-time weaponry. Superintendent Wilson is under a great deal of pressure to find the real culprit and get the factory up and running. With a map of the plant and surrounding neighborhood. A lovely and rare copy of a really terrific and important mystery novel. Listed in Hubin.