First U. S. edition. Light residue on front pastedown sheet from the removal of a bookplate, small stain to pages 202 & 203, else a near fine, bright copy in dust jacket with small red portion on the spine sunned, light wear to the spine ends and corners, with small creases and nicks to the bottom edge of the front cover, and a small closed tear to bottom edge of rear cover. Dust jacket artistic design by Boris Artzybasheff. Attractive copy of Allingham's sixth novel that features detective Albert Campion in the first book in which the author examines her society and the world of her characters is an integral part of the plot. Before the murder takes place the world of art is created, complete with poseurs and hangers-on, and where an artist, dead for 18 years, "reappears" at a showing of his work and soon afterwords the bodies start dropping. A Haycraft/Queen Cornerstone title. An elusive title.
Inventory Number: 46758