A UK first edition, first impression.
Wrapper : The wrapper on this copy is bright, clean and complete. It has been clipped. The front panel is bright, sharp and unfaded as is the back. The spine is bright, unfaded and clean. It shows a touch of trivial bruising at the head and tail. Looks sharp in protective plastic.
Book : The book is square and very tight. The boards are very clean. The spine ends are bruised. The pages are clean. The closed page edges are sound, if insignificantly dulled. No dog-eared pages. The binding is solid - no cracked hinges. The ownership inscription of the crime writer, Derek Smith, is on the ffep. A nice copy in a protected wrapper.
Publisher: Collins ( Collins Crime Club ), 1944
Condition: Very Good +++. Wrapper: Near Fine