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  • Keep Murder Quiet – Selwyn Jepson – 1942

    Keep Murder Quiet – Selwyn Jepson – 1942

    Rare Sun Dial edition. Published in 1942 and in very good condition for a war book.

    Roger Spain avenges his father’s death but it’s not easy.

    Thrilling complex plot – one of the best.

    When this book was published the author was an officer in SOE recruiting female spies, he thought they worked better alone than men who required companionship!

    $60.00

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  • Diary of Death – Wilson Collinson – First edition 1932

    Diary of Death – Wilson Collinson – First edition 1932

    A first edition published by Tudor, New York in 1932. Octavo, 245. Very good condition with a super period dust jacket.

    An intimate diary and many lovers at the heart of the murder of beautiful Laura Carlin.

    Wilson Collinson was quite a character. Also a successful playwright, his Red Dust was made into a movie starring Clarke Gabel. He penned some unusual titles … Expensive Women and Getting Gertie’s Garter are examples.

    Tape your fingernails!

    $60.00

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  • The Man Who Was Murdered Twice – Leitfred – First Edition 1932

    The Man Who Was Murdered Twice – Leitfred – First Edition 1932

    Published by Green Circle books, New York first edition 1932.

    Octavo, 255 pages in excellent condition bar some dust jacket chips. Classic period dust jacket design …. Well better than that!

    Author Robert Leitfred had also penned “The Corpse that Spoke” so this is not the first time he has tackled life after death.

    A wealthy playboy returns home to find he has been swindled out of his inheritance. The swindler dies in a car crash … but has he? … fast moving drama 1930’s style

    Double the suspense with “twice murdered”

    $80.00

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  • The Double – Edgar Wallace – 1928

    The Double – Edgar Wallace – 1928

    Published by Collier, New York 1928. Octavo, 304 pages with the striking period dust jacket designed by S Eldredge

    The strangest of murders with surgical overtones confronts Dick Staines our Cambridge educated detective

    Edgar Wallace was maybe Britain’s most prolific writer of crime novels. He was hugely successful and penned many plays and film scripts. He wrote the film adaptation of Hounds of the Baskervilles and King Kong

    1928 Wallace Double

    $60.00

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  • The Human Factor – Graham Greene – Australian First Edition

    The Human Factor – Graham Greene – Australian First Edition

    A first Australian edition published by The Bodley Head in Australia, Sydney in 1978.

    Octavo, 339 pages top edge stained lilac as required. Very good if not better condition with a super dust jacket.

    Graham Green himself an ex spy back in the world of spies. “Out of reality are our tales of imagination fashioned” – superb Greene. A leak has occurred in SIS and a suspicions and tensions build. Among a number of characters, Maurice Castle, dull but brilliant enjoys sausages for lunch at Voyager Bill’s favourite pub … must be smarter than they think!

    Australian First Greene out Spying.

    $40.00

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  • Brighton Rock – Graham Greene – First Australian edition 1944

    Brighton Rock – Graham Greene – First Australian edition 1944

    First Australian edition published by Invincible Press printed by “Truth”. Published in 1944. Softcover, octavo, stapled 175 pages showing some usual even toning of war paper – still a pretty good copy. Cover design identical to the UK first.

    The Publisher summary on the front cover is taken from the Heinemann first UK edition of 1938 … “A story of murder and love, of guilt and faith, of the perpetual conflict between evil and good, Brighton Rock is one of the most powerful and exciting novels the publishers have handled” … and it certainly is …

    Many regard this as Greene’s greatest work. Being short in form he still regarded it as an “Entertainment” rather than a fully formed and sized novel.

    Dickie Attenborough starred in the first film adaptation … now recognised as a classic … Dickie was brilliant in the role of the central character

    Graham Greene Collectable

    $90.00

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