New York: Walter J. Black. Very Good+ in Very Good dj. (c.1951). Book Club Edition. Hardcover. [light bumping to spine ends, otherwise a nice clean copy; jacket shows moderate wear at edges and extremities, slight paper loss at top of spine (just nicking the first "S" in the title a bit), split along top rear foldover, front panel a little rubbed]. A New York detective who's supposed to be taking it easy, on vacation at "Joseph's Vineyard," runs into a murder case, in that way that vacationing detectives invariably do. "What could be the connection between an quiet, elderly male boarder, an indolent, middle-aged toper, a dim-witted youth who lived on the beach and whistled Yankee Doodle over and over, and the town's wealthiest spinster?" (I dunno, but judging from that jacket blurb Woolrich was only about two characters short of a Harry Stephen Keeler plot.) [This is the Detective Book Club issue (unpriced jacket with a blurb for the Club on the rear panel), but NOTE that the imprint at the base of the jacket spine reads "Rinehart" (the trade publisher), even though the binding of the book itself is stamped "Black".] . (Inventory #: 14245)
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