Dames Don’t Care - Peter Cheyney 1937 - Collins, London - First Edition First edition of Cheyney’s third Lemmy Caution novel, in bright clean and sharp dust jacket, not normally encountered so.   ‘Lemmy Caution, became so popular on the Continent that Eddie Constantine, an American actor, portrayed him in a series of French films. These films were so successful that Jean Luc Godard used Constantine as Caution in his New Wave film ‘Alphaville’’ – Francis M. Nevins, 1001 Midnights.

Reginald Evelyn Peter Southouse Cheyney (1896-1951) was the first British writer to admit the influence of the American Hard-boiled school, the rumour is he began them after a bet of £5 that anybody could write a book along the lines of an American thriller, leading to his first novel ‘
This Man is Dangerous’ featuring Lemmy Caution. During the 1920’s Cheyney worked for the Metropolitan Police as a police reporter and crime investigator, until his prolific writing career became successful (in 1946 alone, over 1.5 million copies of his books were sold). A meticulous researcher, Cheyney kept a massive set of files on criminal activity in London.

References: Herbert, ‘
The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing’, 201. Reilly,’Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers’ (1980), 300.

Octavo (book size 19.8x13.5cm), pp. 284 [1 (About the Author)] [3 (publisher’s ads)]. In publisher’s blue black cloth, spine lettered in silver, all edges trimmed. Dust jacket priced ‘7/6 net’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, some small residue to spine edge, and light offsetting to endpapers, in very good dust jacket with a hint of toning to spine, 3cm closed tear to upper spine fold, short closed tears to lower edges, some minor rubbing to corners and spine ends, 0.5cm chip to lower corner of rear flap.   Ref: 109927   Price: HK$ 5,000