Publication: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1943, Boston
First edition. Original blue cloth, titles in red on front cover and spine. Tape residue on the front and rear endpapers, else near fine, bright copy in a lightly restored dust jacket at the spine ends and corners. This book is the author's first mystery and a Haycraft/Queen mystery title. The story opens and Laura's life is ended ... killed in the doorway of her apartment with a shotgun blast that obliterated her face. Three men who knew her best tell the story. Some of it is told by the newspaper columnist, some by her fiance, and most by the detective involved in the case. Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and utterly mysterious. No man could resist her charms—not even hard-boiled NYPD Detective Mark McPherson, who was sent to investigate the murder. As McPherson investigates the mystery of Laura’s death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power. He soon realizes he’s been seduced by a dead woman ..... or has he? The story is told on screen in 1944 by Twentieth Century-Fox using the title "Laura" and directed by Otto Preminger. The cast starred Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, and Judith Anderson. Housed in a cloth clamshell case with the front cover of the dust jacket duplicated on the front cover of the case and the titles stamped in gilt on a leather spine label.
Inventory Number: 48076