First edition. Author's first book. Inked presentation inscription on the title page: "To Otto Penzler -- Why is it always the jug wine you break out when you see me coming? Just asking .... Thomas Gifford." Fine, bright, tight copy in a fine, bright, price-clipped dust jacket. A box of decaying Nazi documents are left to a small-town library and John Cooper encounters more than he bargained for----his brother is murdered, the library and courthouse are blown up, the librarian is murdered, and two attempts are made on John's life. John begins by retracing his brother's steps from South America to Europe in order to unravel the conspiracy. 20th Century Crime & Mystery Writers says, "It is distinguished, however, by the quality of the writing, the excellent descriptive passages, the superb sense of place, and the fine characterization." An exceptional copy and a great story.
Inventory Number: 43408