London: Nicholson and Watson, 1943. First U.K. Edition, First Printing. First UK edition. Octavo, 19cm x 12cm, red cloth with black titles to spine, unclipped dust-jacket, 191pp, last page used as paste-down, as issued, war economy standard issue. The dust-jacket is worn along the edges, chipped at the head of the spine with no loss of text, 3cm chip out of mid-spine below the title and above the author’s name, interior is very clean throughout. Very good / good. Item #233
Classic crime noir and Hughes’ first novel. Published three years after the first American edition, this UK first is uncommon.