Green for Danger - Christianna Brand 1945 - John Lane The Bodley Head, London - First U.K. edition ‘In view of my failure - correction, comparative failure - I feel that I have no alternative but to offer you, sir, my resignation, in the sincere hope that you will not accept it.’

As a series of murders are committed in Heron’s Park military hospital, attentions turn to a young a British anaesthetist, though no-one has succeeded in catching him before he strikes... Featuring the wisecracking, chain-smoking, irreverent Inspector Cockrill, Brand sets the novel in the tempestuous final days World War II, as several characters put themselves under the knife in an attempt to thwart the killer’s plans.

The novel was featured as one of the Crime Writers Association’s top 100 novels of all time, and became the basis for the 1944 British Thriller film of the same name, directed by Sidney Gilliat and starring Alistair Sim, Trevor Howard, and Sally Gray.
  Christianna Brand (1907-88) first set pen to paper while working as a young salesgirl, recording her fantasies concerning how she would kill off her tyrannical supervisor (all purely speculative, of course...) She later delved into writing books for children, most notably the Nurse Matilda series which was later adapted into the movie Nanny McPhee, starring Emma Thompson. She is regarded to be one of the last notable contributors to the Golden Age of crime fiction.

Provenance: Previous owner’s name ‘Marilyn Reagan’ and ‘Joubert’ to front free endpaper, Joubert’s also added to top edge.

References: Herbert,
The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, 46.

Octavo (19 x 13 cm). pp. 224. In publisher’s green cloth, spine lettered in black, front board and spine illustrated with black silhouette of dog and footprints. Dust jacket price-clipped.
  Condition: Very good, sunning to top edge and spine ends, small bookseller stamp to rear free endpaper, in very good price-clipped dust jacket, slightly wrinkled top edge, light marks to front panel,   Ref: 108965   Price: HK$ 3,500