Iles, Francis (pseud. for Anthony Berkeley) Before the Fact
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1932 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Fair
(no dust jacket) [worn copy, cracked hinges, spine turned, spine cloth faded, water-stain at top right corner of front cover, etc.; should be considered a reading copy only]. "This is the story of Lina Aysgarth, who, after eight years, discovered that she was married to a murderer. It is not a shocker or a detective story, but a brilliant, disquieting, frightening study of a charming and thoroughly evil murderer." A Haycroft Queen Cornerstone title, and the basis for the 1941 Alfred Hitchcock film SUSPICION, with Cary Grant as the charmer and Joan Fontaine as his milk-fed and very anxious bride.