James Tarrant, Adventurer - Freeman Wills Crofts 1941 - Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition ‘What terrible tale of tragedy did these movements and these falsehoods indicate? Had Merle interviewed Tarrant, and furious or despairing at his attitude, had she put the poison in the tea?’

A lovely copy of Croft’s twenty-fifth novel, in bright dust jacket, featuring the inimitable Inspector French, and a great example of why Raymond Chandler called Freeman Wills Crofts ‘the soundest builder of them all’.
  ‘The all-time master of the intricate timetable alibi.’ - The New York Times Book Review.

Freeman Wills Crofts (1879-1957), Irish crime writer, born in Dublin, Crofts enjoyed a successful career with Belfast and Northern Counties Railway, which eventually became a key inspiration for the settings and plots of his meticulously crafted novels, written following his retirement in 1929. In 1939 he became a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and has since been considered one of the most significant contributors to the ‘Golden Age of Detective Fiction’. Crofts was the first author to utilise the literary tactic of deconstructing a seemingly watertight alibi, a device which then went on to become a cornerstone of the genre.

References: Herbert,
The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing 111, Haycraft, Murder for Pleasure 122.

Octavo (18 x 12.5 cm). pp. 320. In publisher’s yellow cloth, spine lettered in black, front board with publisher’s device stamped in black. Dust jacket priced ‘8/3 NET’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: A little light foxing to the endpapers else fine, in very good dust jacket, light wear to edges and rubbing to spine, minor soiling to rear panelsmall tear to front board, wear to corners, rear panel slightly soiled.   Ref: 108867   Price: HK$ 4,500