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[LEWIS, Cecil Day.] BLAKE, Nicholas.

The Beast Must Die.

Published: London: Published for The Crime Club by Collins, 1938

Stock code: 98267

Price: £775

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First edition, first impression. “[Day Lewis’s hero] Strangeways was a real innovation, a truly literary detective rather than one of those given quotations to spout. The best of his pre-war cases, and perhaps Blake’s most successful book, is The Beast Must Die (1938)” (Julian Symons, Bloody Murder, From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel: A History, 1972, p. 125). A nice copy of this scarce title.

Octavo. Original red cloth, black lettered spine. With the dust jacket. Price clipped from jacket. Small portion torn from head of spine (with loss of lettering), rear panel a little soiled, a couple of creases to spine.

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