Gould, Stephen (pseud. for Steve Fisher)
Title Murder of the Admiral
Book Condition Near Fine
Edition First Edition
Publisher New York The Macaulay Company (c.1936)
Seller ID 18865
(no dust jacket) [nice-looking copy, tight and square, with just a trace of wear to the extremities, minor soiling to cloth at front joint]. Early novel by this former pulpster, the first of two to feature Sheridan Doome, "ace of the Naval Intelligence," who is notable (I guess) for having been badly disfigured in the explosion of a ship during the first World War, requiring the permanent placement of "huge steel plates over his entire chest and back." As the narrator describes him: "His face was just one ugly scar. For eyes he had only black blotches, crazy shaped; his ears were tiny pieces of things that hugged his bony white head. His mouth was without lips. .... His nose was a grotesque stump. If you think that Frankenstein looked horrible on the screen, you cannot imagine Doome." There's more -- but of course he also had "a brain so cunning, so astute, that there was not a man in the service who could match it," not to mention a "warm, sympathetic heart."
United States Navy Murder