Grierson, Francis D.
Title The Limping Man
Book Condition Near Fine in Very Good+ dj
Publisher New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1926)
Illustrator Illustrated by (dj) Edward C. Caswell
Seller ID 19418
[nice clean copy, bottom corners a bit bumped but no other discernible wear, vintage price sticker from the noted San Francisco department store The White House on rear pastedown; jacket shows a bit of dog-earing and minor creasing along top edge, light soiling to rear panel The first of the author's thirteen mystery novels featuring the duo of Detective-Inspector Sims, a Scotland Yard man, and Professor Wells, "a scientist of international celebrity, with half an alphabet of letters after his name." In a 1935 essay, Grierson stated that the Professor was "founded on a very distinguished scientist who is now dead [and who] was, I must admit, an acid critic of my work," and claimed that he tried to depict his fictional crime-fighters "as human beings rather than demi-gods of criminology. They enjoy their creature comforts and discuss their cases with a touch of humour, for crime is a drab affair, and only those who have participated in its detection know how welcome even the smallest touch of light relief can be." [The jacket design and illustration on this reprint are identical to those of the first edition, published by Edward D. Clode.]
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