He Who Whispers. A Dr. Fell Mystery Story - John Dickson Carr 1946 - Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York - First Edition A fine first edition of this ‘locked room’ murder mystery featuring the large pince-nez wearing, pipe smoking Dr Gideon Fell, who applies the full weight of his knowledge and education (B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard, M.A. from Oxford, and law degree from Edinburgh) to the challenge presented...

‘The master of the ‘Locked Room’ murder mystery, prolific American author John Dickson Carr (1906-77), who also wrote under the names ‘Carter Dickson’, ‘Carr Dickson’, and ‘Roger Fairbairn’, was a highly regarded member of the ‘Golden Age’ sect, his complex, plot-driven stories concentrated on the puzzle of the story rather than the fast-paced tough-guy violence purveyed by his contemporary pulp hacks. Carr modelled his major detective - overweight lexicographer Dr Gideon Fell - on G.K. Chesterton. The stories see the eccentric Fell solving ‘impossible’ crimes, where the victim is usually discovered, not only with doors and windows locked from the inside, but with multiple impediments.’ [BMC]
  ‘The master of the ‘Locked Room’ murder mystery, prolific American author John Dickson Carr (1906-77), who also wrote under the names ‘Carter Dickson’, ‘Carr Dickson’, and ‘Roger Fairbairn’, was a highly regarded member of the ‘Golden Age’ sect, his complex, plot-driven stories concentrated on the puzzle of the story rather than the fast-paced tough-guy violence purveyed by his contemporary pulp hacks. Carr modelled his major detective - overweight lexicographer Dr Gideon Fell - on G.K. Chesterton. The stories see the eccentric Fell solving ‘impossible’ crimes, where the victim is usually discovered, not only with doors and windows locked from the inside, but with multiple impediments.’ [BMC]

References: Reilly, ’
Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers’ (1980), 268. ‘Book and Magazine Collector’, issue 272. Herbert, ‘Whodunnit?’, 68.

Octavo (book size 19.6x13.6cm), pp. [6] 250. In publisher’s grey cloth, lettered in black to spine and lettered with decorative underline in black to front board. Dust jacket priced ‘$2.00’ to upper corner of front panel, and with some faint colour touch up to spine.
  Condition: Fine with the exception of wear to spine ends, in near fine dust jacket, light vertical crease to spine, some faint but unnecessary colour touch up along crease and to spine.   Ref: 110385   Price: HK$ 1,000