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Eternity Here I Come - David Hume
1940 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Collins in London
A solid VG book (thicker format, near 7/6 size) in price clipped dust jacket
The book has no names or stamps etc. Couple of small ghostoing marks to boards, light paper tan to edge, tight and square
The dust cover has small chip to front panel and some shelf wear to edges, rear panel has a fabulous sketch of the author done in 1939

Mick Cardby gets involved in a 20 year old Scotland Yard investigation

A very rare book indeed from the notoriously difficult 1940 period, I've never seen another copy, let alone a first in jacket

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Bring 'Em Back Dead - David Hume
1936 English hardcover SECOND impression (same month as first) published by Collins in London
A VG+ book in 3/6 unclipped dust jacket
The book is solid and tight, clean contents and cloth
No names or stamps etc
The dustwrapper has shallow loss to spine ends and some edge wear, looks very nice and the same as the 1st bar the price on the spine

THE quays at lie de Re were deserted. Black soldiers stood at the entrances with bayonets fixed. Then the gaunt doors of the great fortress prison of Saint Martin opened, and the air was filled with the sound of tramping sabots. The floating prison of the ship La Martin/ere stood waiting for the consignment of men bound for Devil's Island. Mick Cardby stood watching the chained men, scrutinising their faces.

An extremely rare book, possibly a one-off chance and as near a 1st issue as possible

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Never Say Live - David Hume
1942 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Collins in London
A near VG book (scattered mottling to boards) otherwise very nice in price clipped dust jacket
The book has neat previous owner name and date to endpaper
The dust cover has closed tear to foredge crease, neatly repaaired to rear, clean and bright

THE quays at lie de Re were deserted. Black soldiers stood at the entrances with bayonets nxed. Then the gaunt doors of the great fortress prison of Saint Martin opened, and the air was filled with the sound of tramping sabots. The floating prison of the ship La Martin/ere stood waiting for the consignment of men bound for Devil's Island. Mick Cardby stood watching the chained men, scrutinising their faces.

Overall, a nice attractive looking copy of a very rare book indeed

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Halfway to Horror - SIGNED Very Special Copy - David Hume
1937 English hardcover 1st edition, 1st impression published by Collins in London
Signed and dedicated by the author to his Mother and Father !
"To Mother & Dad - So many thanks ! David Hume (Jack)"
A VG book in 7/6 unclipped dust jacket
The book is solid and tight, some scattered spotting to edges
No other names or stamps etc, complete with publishers original postcard
The dustwrapper has loss and tan to spine as seen, rest complete and tidy with superb artwork

A rare book in jacket anyway but this copy . . . also something of a bargain - though I say so myself of course

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Below the Belt - David Hume
1934 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Collins in London
A VG+ book in 1st issue 7/6 dust jacket
The book is free from owner names or stamps etc, tight and square with a clean text block
The dust cover is chipped to spine ends and front panel with closed tears as seen. Fantastic artwork

A very rare book in jacket, never seen another, a Mick Cardby mystery and also a boxing mystery - what more could you want !

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About the Author David Hume ~ Brief Biography
DAVID HUME has an inside knowledge of the criminal world such as few crime authors can ever hope to command, for he has had first-hand experience of it for over fourteen years. During his nine years as a crime reporter he spent most of his days at Scotland Yard, waiting for stories to " break."

In this way he gained an extraordinarily wide and intimate knowledge of criminals and the methods employed in tracking them down. And his personality is such that he won his way completely into the confidence of the criminals themselves, who revealed-to him the precise methods they employ to enter a house or to open a safe.

Indeed, no one knows more about the technique of crime or criminal detection ; and (we should add) David Hume, far from sitting back in his author's chair, is taking care to maintain the contacts from which comes the convincing realism that is the greatest feature of his books

Sample of the Author David Hume's Work
THE young man standing at the back of the ferryboat raised a heavy collar higher round his throat, pulled a grey felt hat down over his forehead, and shivered. Mick Cardby felt a cold spasm coursing down his spine, almost as though icicles had been injected into his blood. Yet there was little bite in the air, and the breeze sobbing across the water was without venom.

Behind him was the town of La Rochelle; facing him was lie de Re\ Cardby cast no glance towards the town he had just left, had no eyes for the few passengers on the ferry. The vision that freezed him was not more than four hundred yards away, lying beyond the quayside of the tiny port of St. Martin de Re. Narrow, cobble-stoned streets ran from the waterside, all headed, all centred, seeming only to exist, that they might lead to the gaunt granite building that overstrode the island like a Colossus—the fortress prison of St. Martin !

Cardby had started at the sombre heaviness of Dartmoor Gaol, the slightly brighter mass of Park-hurst, the comparative mildness of Maidstone, the dull outlines of Broadmoor, and from the sight of all he had turned away with a thankful prayer for his liberty.

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