The Hammersmith Murders

New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1930. First American edition. Hardcover. Near Fine / Very Good. Original black cloth, lettered and decorated in red to the front panel and spine. Frome one of two pseudonyms for Zenith Jones Brown, the other and equally famous one being Leslie Ford. A neat previous owner dated inscription to the front free endpaper, dated 1930. A clean and bright copy in a very nice example of the jacket with two small areas of rubbing to the front panel and one small chip at the base of the front panel. The jacket is price-clipped. "A man is being murdered at 16 Caithness Road was the cryptic message received by the Commisioner of the C.I.D. in an envelope addressed in a straggling hand, on arriving at his office after midnight. It was postmarked Hammersmith, so Inspector Bull was called out of bed ... At 16 Caithness road he found that a man had just died, but that death had been caused by tetanus was certified to by Sir Henry Dangerfield Pringle, Bart., M.D., ... One curious fact that Bull discovered was that the dead man's father had been killed quite recently in a bus accident and that his daughter Margaret was present at both deaths." Several more murders ensue as well as a series of thefts. First Edition stated on the copyright page. An early Crime Club novel as well as a Haycraft/Queen Cornerstone novel. One of Frome's most highly regarded novels.

Price: $750.00


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