Payment Deferred - C. S. Forester 1926 - John Lane The Bodley Head Limited, London - First Edition A scarce and attractive first edition, broody, gritty, and extraordinary in every sense of the word, one of the darkest murder mystery titles of the early 20th century.

The novel follows anti-hero William Marble, and his slow, unremitting descent into madness as he manipulates his wealthy nephew in order to solve his own financial despair. Combining the psychological trauma of Poe’s
‘The Tell Tale Heart’ with Forester’s excellent eye for dialogue and realism, the novel is a masterpiece of suspense. The title has been listed as a Haycraft-Queen cornerstone of detective fiction, and Julian Symons 100 Best Crime & Mystery Books.
  ‘Forester followed an ordinary man, committing a crime in a realistic way, making the novel all the more absorbing and chilling.’ - Book and Magazine Collector.

Cecil Scott Forester (1899-1966), a British writer born in Cairo, whose most famous character was Horatio Hornblower, a British naval officer during the Napoleonic Wars, about whom he wrote 12 novels, and for which he twice received the 1938 James Tait Black memorial prize. Forester also worked as reporter in London for The Times, and during World War II, he wrote propaganda to convince the U.S. to join the Allies.

Book and Magazine Collector, September 2006, Issue no. 272, [web].

Octavo (19 x 13 cm). pp. v [3] 304 [8 pages of publisher’s advertisements]. In publisher’s red cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt, top edge tinted red.
  Condition: Near fine, minor sunning to spine, a few spots to foredge, and some light scratching to panels.   Ref: 108974   Price: HK$ 7,600