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Slender Margin - Basil Francis
1938 UK hardback first edition, first impression published in London by Constable
A VG+ book in 7/6 unclipped dust jacket
The book is a tidy example, clean cloth, straight spine and clean tectblock
No previous owner names
The jacket is unclipped at 7/6 as called for, chipping to spine ends and shallow loss to edges
Still clean and bright with excellent period artwork

So there they were, each one a pretty strong suspect. Inspector Ghent, and Detective-Sergeant Dean (who solved the murder at the Bank so successfully), clear up matters and bring the murderer to justice in a convincing and expert manner.

Overall a nice copy of a very rare Golden Age nice 'fat' 7/6 title and a bargain!
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Death at the Bank Written By Basil Francis
1938 English hardcover 1st edition, 1st impression published by Constable and Co in London
A VG++ book in wonderful 7/6 unclipped dustwrapper
A really tidy book, lovely clean boards with the Constable Policeman Logo to front
Very clean paper, solid binding
No owner names or stamps etc
The jacket is unclipped and 1st issue 7/6, bit of loss to spine and light edge wear
Very clean and bright with absolutely stunning artwork - this one really is a cracker

The author handles his clues very cleverly and is never pompous or drearily stylistic, but for ever on the move—eating up the pages—and never out of the realm of possibility. The background of the crime, with its description of the Bank and staff, and their relation to the sinister and cunning manager, is painted in with great precision and fidelity, This alone gives the narrative that touch of originality in subject which is so great a help lo the enjoyment of a crime story. Finally, in Detective-Sergeant Dean of Scotland Yard, and Turner, the local superintendent of police, we have two officers quite worthy to join the select body of detective sleulths.

Just a lovely thing to own, very rare indeed and surely cheap
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Death at the Bank - Sample
Enter the Chief Constable
Heatherington's car came flying up the main street of Burchester and rocked to a standstill outside the bank. There were two other cars drawn up at the kerb and a uniformed constable standing at the side entrance, who saluted smartly as the Chief Constable jumped out of his car,
" 'Morning, Symes," nodded Major Heatherington. " Superintendent Turner inside ? "
" Yes, sir," answered Symes; " and Dr. Blake, too, sir,"

The major nodded and strode briskly up to the rear entrance. He was met in the porch by the superintendent and a younger man.
" Well, Turner," he demanded, as he shook hands, " what's all this about ? Any theories ? "
Turner made a slight coughing noise.
" Well, sir, I have one or two ideas, as a matter of fact, and I have been fortunate enough to obtain also one or two facts ! Er—I don't think you've met Mr. Dean, sir, have you ? Major Heatherington, Chief Constable—Detective-Sergeant Dean, of Scotland Yard."


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