Before the Fact, A Murder Story for Ladies - Francis Iles (pseud. Anthony Berkeley Cox) 1932 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition As Colin Dexter (of Inspector Morse fame) points out, despite the fact that this is one of the earliest ‘inverted’ crime novels, shocking traditional Golden Age murder mystery fans by ‘unashamedly’ announcing the identity of the murderer on the first page, ‘readers were never going to be disappointed for more than a few pages – if that – since interest is immediately kindled in a wholly different kind of puzzle.’ ‘We are no longer in the mind of the detective as he grapples with evidence. Instead, we are far closer to the criminal action, we share the thoughts of the murder’s victim’.

A powerful psychological drama and the basis for the film "Suspicion" (1941) directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine.
  Octavo (book size 19 x 13.4 cm) pp. 352. In publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered in yellow.   Condition: Very good, light rubbing to cloth, wear to lower corners, inner hinges starting, internally generally clean with one or two spots.   Ref: 109281   Price: HK$ 1,100