London: Chatto & Windus. Near Fine in Very Good dj. 1952. 2nd impression. Hardcover. [spine very slightly turned, very light wear to book extremities; jacket shows a little edgewear and a few nicks along the top edge, tiny bits of paper loss at top and bottom of front hinge, tiny smudge on front panel, light soiling to rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page: "To _____ _____ / with my most sincere good / wishes & in memory of / 'Farlands.' / Edward Grierson / Margate[?], England, March 1952." The author's first novel, a crime story set in the fictional English cathedral town of Turlminster, and centering around an act of patricide within the confines of a dysfunctional family. It was included by critic Julian Symons on a list of "99 Best Crime Stories" that he published in 1958, and is considered by some as an underrated novel; Melvyn Barnes called it "at once a supremely competent study of domestic murder and a perfect example of courtroom drama." Grierson (1914-1975), a barrister, wrote just three more crime novels (including "The Second Man," which won an award as the best British crime novel of 1956), but also turned out a few mainstream novels (sometimes under pseudonyms), as well as some biographies and other non-fiction works. Signed by Author . (Inventory #: 22656)
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