The Motive

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Author: Evelyn Piper (PSUED Merriam Modell (1908-1994) [born Miriam Levant]

Year: 1950

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Place: New York


242 pages. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 4 3/4") bound in quarter yellow cloth with black lettering to sine over red boards in original pictorial jacket. An Inner Sanctum Mystery. First edition.

Shirley Kolp finds the movie star sleeping in the park. Even before he speaks a word, she recognizes Gavin More – a Hollywood A-lister reduced to spending the night on a New York park bench. Feeling compassionate, she invites him to come up to her apartment and get out of the rain – for a cup of coffee and a place to sleep, nothing more. Gavin has just bedded down when the door opens and Shirley joins him, stark naked and rather less frumpy than she had looked before. It's a beautiful evening, but there's murder lurking in the air. The next morning, Shirley is found bludgeoned to death in the same park where she stumbled across Gavin. When her roommate, screenwriter Joe Anton, learns of the murder while sitting in his West Coast office, he's sick down to his soul. He begins asking questions that lead him to mysterious Gavin More, but the truth of the matter is stranger than anything a Hollywood playwright could devise.

Condition: Price sticker removed from front end paper leaving slight abrasion, small perforation to spine, heal spine and edge bumped. Jacket soiled, spine stained, edge wear with some chips and tears, corners chipped, spine sunned else very good in a good to very good jacket. 

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