Publication: Collins, 1972, London
First edition. Author's fourth novel. Fine in dust jacket. Schoolmaster Joe Askern has interests that are simple and kept within safe bounds. When he meets Cess Carter, the friendly local criminal and father to one of Joe's more problem students, it seems they have a common interest, that being Averingerett, country seat of the old and aristocratic Trevigore family. Joe's interest is scholarly, Cess's economic. Proposing a merger, Cess and the dumpy sinister 'Lord' Jim along with the voluptuous Cynthia, use their own special talents to persuade Joe to agree.
Inventory Number: 28670