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Two on Safari - George Agnew Chamberlain

1935 - The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis - First Edition
First edition in the rare dust jacket, by this Brazilian born American author and diplomat .

Stranded in London, Ballard Mallory, an American wanderer, receives a remarkable assignment. Spiderlike solicitors, acting for Lord Morland of Morland, send him to Africa to search for a missing boy – the Hon. Laurence Morland, who has disappeared into the interior of East Africa. Should he find the boy alive, he is to receive one hundred pounds a month until he returns. Should he find the boy dead, he is to be paid a bonus of five thousand pounds! 
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The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler

1939 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition
A lovely bright copy, and absolutely no sign of restoration, rare and honest as you can expect this ‘dust jacket’ to be in a world where its going out of style (apologies). Housed in a custom clamshell cloth case.

What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on the top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell.’

Chandler's first book and the introduction to the world of the famed private eye, Philip Marlowe, and established Chandler as the master of the 'hard-boiled' detective novel. The basis for the 1946 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and an endless source of private eye quotes.

It seemed like a nice neighborhood to have bad habits in’. 
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Sea Spy. A Naval Novel - E. Keble Chatterton

1937 - Hurst & Blackett, London - First Edition
First edition in the rare and evocative dust jacket. Chatterton was one of Britain's best-known yachtsmen and maritime writers in the early part of the century.

‘Mr. Keble Chatterton has the art of the sea story at his finger tips and in “Sea Spy” he has combined a fast moving plot with plenty of thrills and action. John Trevenna, late of His Majesty’s Navy, is persuaded by his old chief, now the head of a new department of the Secret Service to give up a pleasure cruise in his one-man yacht, and use it instead to follow the activities of one Zouleki and his henchman Ptemnoff round the coasts of France... a vivid and fascinating tale.” –
The Straits Times, Singapore 1937. 
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The Urgent Hangman - Inscribed to Dennis Wheatley - Peter Cheyney

1938 - Collins, London - First Edition
Dennis Wheatley’s copy, inscribed by Peter Cheyney ‘To my good friend Dennis’ and dated ‘14. 6. 38’. With Wheatley’s illustrated bookplate.

A near fine copy of the first ‘Slim Callaghan’ novel, in fine and thus rare dust jacket.

Cheyney’s action-filled and action filled plots ran counter to the comfortable murder mysteries of the time, and Slim Callaghan was, like his American hard-boiled cousins, cynical tough and marginally mannered.
 
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Don’t Get Me Wrong - Inscribed to Dennis Wheatley - Peter Cheyney

1939 - Collins, London - First Edition
First edition of Peter Cheyney’s fifth Lemmy Caution novel. In fine and thus scarce dust jacket.

From the library of Cheyney’s friend and fellow author Dennis Wheatley with his wonderfully illustrated bookplate, and inscribed on the title page ‘
ToTo Dennis, from Peter Cheyney.’ On the back flap of the dust jacket is a review from Wheatley “Peter Cheyney is now becoming a definite menace to all other thriller writers; for who will read any other thriller writer but Cheyney if they can get a chance?”

Wheatley described Cheyney as ‘
the greatest liar unhung but a magnificent story teller’. 
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Towards Zero - Agatha Christie

1944 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First English Edition
What is the connection between a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl, and the romantic life of a tennis player?  To the casual observer, apparently nothing. But when a house party gathers at Gull's Point, the seaside home of an elderly widow, earlier events come to a dramatic head.

Superintendent Battle investigates...
 
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Death Comes As The End - Agatha Christie

1945 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition
Set in ancient Egypt, 2000 BC, a priest’s daughter investigating a suspicious death uncovers an asp’s nest of jealousy, betrayal, and serial murder.

A bright copy of this groundbreaking novel, in which Christie anticipates the modern popularity of historical detective stories by setting her murder plot in ancient Egypt.

The book was fully researched, with each chapter scrutinised by leading Egyptologist Professor Stephen Glanville, who was a colleague of the author's husband, British Museum archaeologist Max Mallowan. Christie accompanied the pair on many excavations and travelled extensively throughout Egypt and the Holy Land. She had a great knowledge of the area and was a junior member of the archaeology team.
 
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Destination Unknown - Agatha Christie

1954 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition
A Secret Service thriller from the Queen of Crime.

When a number of leading scientists disappear without a trace, concern grows within the intelligence agency. When the only possible lead dies in a plane crash, a British spy must persuade a potential suicide that if she must die, it may as well be in the service of her country.
 
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