[LEWIS, Cecil Day.] BLAKE, Nicholas.
The Beast Must Die.
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.
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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.