First edition of the author's scarce first book. Winner of the first Red Badge Mystery Prize, winning out over a field of more than 300 entries. Inked inscription on the front fly leaf: "To Pauline Giles, Able exponent of the theory that girl always gets boy. With my very best wishes, Clifford Knight, 1937." Cloth lightly rubbed at spine ends, and corners, else a near fine copy in dust jacket with professional restoration to the spine ends. The CLUE INDEX at the rear of the book is present Introduces English Professor Huntoon Rogers in his first of many adventures. This time he goes along on a scientific cruise to the Galapagos Islands amid the tangled relationships of millionaire yachtsman Carlos Lanfrey, his wife, and their assorted passengers, including feuding scientists, a gambling photographer, and a beautiful young artist, all make for a promising closed circle whodunit, when Rogers must track down a relentless killer. The story takes its name from the crabs that live in this archipelago, whose shells are as red as blood. A difficult title.
Inventory Number: 45015