New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, . Hardcover. Small 8vo. Blue cloth with black spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 284pp. Very good/very good. Jacket a tad edgeworn, with chip at tail of spine. Item #41784
A tight, attractive first edition of this "new mystery" penned pseudonymously by the incredibly prolific Frank Gruber (1904-69). Teases the front jacket flap, "Meet as Salty a Pair of Private Detectives as Ever Shook Down a Client -- Otis Beagle and Joe Peel," a couple of ambulance-chasing West coast gumshoes. Rather scarce.