Truth Came Out - Inscribed to the Detection Club - E. R. Punshon 1932 - Ernest Benn Limited, London - First Edition Signed first edition of this early and scarce Punshon title, with excellent provenance, a gift from Punshon to the Detection Club, (he became a member in 1933), in which Punshon has written on the front endpaper ‘Presented to The Detection Club’, it also contains the illustrated bookplate of the Detection Club library.   Ernest Robertson Punshon (1872-1956) ‘is one of the most shamefully neglected writers of detective fiction. His ability to construct labyrinthine plots that keep the reader fascinated but not confused is rivalled only by John Dickson Carr, with whom he shares a powerful imagination, a gift of conveying atmosphere and setting, and a most ingeniously fertile mind, adept at devising clues and situations. Yet his work is not only exemplary detective fiction, but studies of character, of the catalyst that drives an ordinary human being to commit the ultimate crime. In their emphasis on bizarre psychology, fantastic (but logical and convincing) plots, and the ability of the past to influence the present (whether it be in the form of past crimes or literary or artistic treasures), his work resembles a combination of H.C. Bailey, Gladys Mitchell, G.K. Chesterton and Michael Innes.’ - Nick Fuller, Golden Age of Detection.

Provenance: The Detection Club, with their bookplate.

First edition, with no later printings stated on copyright page and most recent titles listed opposite title page ‘
The Cottage Murder’ (1931) and ‘Genius in Murder’ (1932).

References: Cooper & Pike,
Detective Fiction, 243. Herbert, The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, 187. Dean Street Press.

Octavo (book size 18.7x12.8cm), pp. 288. In publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered and decoratively ruled in orange, front panel with decorative orange border enclosing two pistols, a star, and title, all in orange, all edges trimmed.
  Condition: Internally fine, in very good cloth, spine faded, some light markings to front panel.   Ref: 110423   Price: HK$ 4,000