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||Death Comes Ashore by - Ernest F. Charles
1938 UK hardcover 1st edition, 1st impression published by Nelson in London
A VG++ to near fine book in 7/6 unclipped dust jacket
The book is particularly nice, very clean bright boards, no names etc,
Tight and straight with a clean textblock
The dustwrapper is nice and clean with fantastic artwork with the spine delivering the coup de grâce !
Some minor edge wear but no real loss
We regularly talk about 'rare books' but this one is exceptionally rare and a superb attractive copy, surely a bargain as well for a pre-war fat 7/6 book !
I know very little I'm afraid. His series character was Dick Torreyton who appeared in:
Death Crosses the Line 1937
Death Comes Ashore - 1938
Before the Wind - 1938
All published in London by Nelson
" GOOD God ! It's—it's alive ! "
For a quarter of a mile the narrow waterlane stretched straight towards the last of the daylight in the west. There it opened to a broad basin, and there the tall, age-warped warehouses that lined the waterway on both sides came to an end. The last of them towered, in sharp-cut silhouette, black against the feeble lemon-yellow glow from a dying sun ; thek perpendiculars were all awry, leaning as though tired.
From just beneath the roof of one of them a derrick jutted out, supported by a slanting cross-piece. The thing held the gaze of the idler, whose boat had long been lost in deep shadow ; it suggested, dismally in this dead, deserted spot, nothing so much as a gallows-tree waiting patiently in the still emptiness.
The man turned his eyes away, but they came back. They opened wide, staring. Something hung at the derrick head. A bundle, long and narrow, and black against the sky—and it was already descending. Its shape altered slightly, beginning a measured regularity of change which, the watcher reassured himself, was merely reasonable in inanimate matter hanging by a rope. Rotation—yet there was something about this sudden package . . .
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