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Author: Reilly, Helen (1891-1962)

Year: 1955

Publisher: Random House

Place: New York


239pp Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 3/4") issued in grey cloth wigh tilt and balck to spine and black vignet to cover. 1st edition.

Helen Reilly was a prolific author of mystery novels, whose career stretched from 1930 to 1962. All except her very earliest books feature New York City police Inspector Christopher McKee and were among the first American novels to stress police procedure. To what school do Helen Reilly's novels belong? This is not an easy question. In Murder for Pleasure (1941) Howard Haycraft emphasized that she was not an HIBK [Had I But Known] writer. This was true at the time; but later, she often included young society women in her tales, who were in jeopardy – a sign of HIBK influence on her later work. However such HIBK-like Reilly novels as The Opening Door (1944) and The Silver Leopard (1946) seem to me to be among Reilly's poorest works.


Dust jacket has some small closed edge tears, spine head and hinges lightly rubbed. Over all a better than very good copyin in a very good to fine jacket.

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