Publication: Harper & Brothers, 1949, New York
First edition. Author's third hardcover book. Fine in dust jacket with light professional internal restoration to spine ends and corners and some minor light rubbing to front fore-edge. An attractive copy with no loss and the last to be published during his lifetime. Joe Wilmot and his wife Elizabeth own a small movie house. Not being particularly fond of her husband, when Elizabeth catches Joe kissing another woman, she tells him that she is willing to "disappear" if Joe agrees to pay her $25,000. The three decide they will murder a stranger, leave the woman's body in Joe's garage, set the garage on fire, and then, pretending that the dead woman is Elizabeth, collect the $25,000 from the insurance company. This is a tale of fraud, murder, and adultery ... a powerful tale of suspense that leads to a shuddering, disturbing conclusion.
Inventory Number: 23290