Publication: Macmillan, 1970, London
First edition. Author's first novel. Signed by the author. Laid-in is an inked letter signed from the author in which he thanks the addressee for the hospitality received from them after the funeral of a mutual friend. Light erasure mark on the front free fly leaf, page edges uniformly tanned, else fine in dust jacket with light wear to the extremities and a small closed tear and crease to the bottom edge of the front cover. Introduces Insp. Cribb to solve the crimes which take place during a six-day walking race, or "wobbles" as the event was known in the late 19th Century. Great story and a first-class mystery set against a sordid but authentic historical background. This story was re-enacted on PBS Mystery in April, 1980, with Alan Dobie in the role of Sergeant Cribb.
Inventory Number: 47582