The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn - Colin Dexter 1977 - Macmillan London Limited, London - First Edition A fine copy of the third Inspector Morse novel in near fine and thus scarce dust jacket with little of the usual yellowing and rubbing to which it is prone.

‘Colin Dexter’s position as Assistant Secretary to the Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations obviously providing the background knowledge for this story, although how popular he would have been after its publication is only to be guessed...

Once again you have the marvellous cocktail that makes up one of the truly top rate Inspector Morse stories, good local ale, local Oxford characters, professors and academics, dead ends, Wagner, a hesitant need to satisfy his more baser instincts, crosswords, the stalwart Sgt. Lewis, cups of tea, and poetry, and as can be (hopefully) deduced from the title, a deaf man going by the name of Nicholas Quinn.’
  Colin Dexter OBE (1930-2017) left Cambridge in 1954 and became a Classic Master at Loughborough Grammar School and Corby Grammar School before taking up his a position as Assistant Secretary to the Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations. According to one bio, Dexter listed his hobbies as ‘Reading poetry, drinking good beer, playing bad bridge and listening to The Archers. But his consuming hobby was crossword puzzles and he was for three years the national champion in the Ximenes clue-writing competitions. All of this comes through in the character of Inspector Morse.

Octavo (book size 13x20.4cm), pp. 254 [2]. In publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered in white. Dust jacket priced ‘£3.50 net’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket, gentle yellowing to upper and lower edges, light creasing to corners and spine ends.   Ref: 110291   Price: HK$ 5,800