Spies in Spain - J. M. Walsh 1938 - Odhams Press Limited, London - First Edition Colonel Ormiston of the Secret Service is to find out about a tunnel that is being projected from Spain under the Straits of Gibraltar to Cueta on the African coast. The possible military significance of the tunnel involves British interests... and Ormiston encounters the mysterious gentleman known only as ‘The Man from Burgos’...   For some reason this title was published by Odhams Press and not Collins. It is the only title by Walsh to have been published by Odhams as far as we can ascertain, Collins came out with a paperback edition in 1940 under their White Circle Mystery label.

James Morgan Walsh (1897-1952), was an Australian author who moved to England in 1929. The majority of his works were spy related and written under his own name, however he penned a few Science Fiction works and also wrote as H. Haverstock Hill, Stephen Maddock, George M. White and Jack Carew. He was born in Geelong and educated in Melbourne, and is best known as an extremely prolific writer of crime mysteries, mostly located in England. His first novel,
Tap-Tap Island (1921), was first serialised in the Melbourne Leader, his second, The Lost Valley (1921), was a prize-winner in the C.J. De Garis competition; his third was Overdue (1925). After experience in auctioneering and book-selling, Walsh visited England in 1925 to negotiate with publishers, returned to Victoria but left for permanent residence in England in 1929. Walsh also wrote in collaboration with E.J. Blythe and Audrey Baldwin. His first three novels, which are adventure romances, are set in New Guinea and Western Victoria and he also wrote two Australian detective stories, The Man behind the Curtain (1927) and The League of Missing Men (1927).

References: Spy Guys and Gals. Goodreads.

Octavo (book size 18.9x12.8cm), pp. 252 [4 (publisher’s ads)]. Without free endpapers as published. In publisher’s green cloth, spine lettered in and stamped in gilt. Dust jacket priced ‘7’6’ to spine, light colour touch-up to edges and spine.
  Condition: Very good, light foxing to foredge and first/last few pages, spine slightly toned, in very good dust jacket with light wear along folds and to corners, amd gentle colour touch-up to spine and edges.   Ref: 109933   Price: HK$ 800