Bonner, Margerie The Last Twist of the Knife
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1946 1st Edition (A) Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dj
[moderately worn book, some discoloration to endpapers, small stain on bottom edge; jacket is heavily edgeworn, a little paper loss at both ends of spine, several small closed tears] Very scarce mystery novel set in Laguna Beach, California, just prior to World War II. There's a bit of a Hollywood (or at least motion picture) angle to the story: "Paul Vincent, wealthy California sportsman, playboy, and philanderer, was stabbed to death with a carving knife while a little group of his intimate friends -- and one deadly enemy -- watched a motion picture of Paul's skiing prowess at Sun Valley." The author, who also had a brief and minor career as an actress (mostly in the 1920s) before turning to writing, was the second wife (and ultimately posthumous literary guardian) of dipso novelist Malcolm Lowry.