New York: Dell Publishing Company, Circa 1943. Paperback. 224pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Illustrated wraps. The text block edges have the publisher's blue stain. Very good. The covers are mildly creased and rubbed. Slight spine slant. There are several very tiny moisture stains on the top edge of the text block. Browned pages. Item #36485
A Dell Book. Dell 410. Map Back. A Sheriff Jess Roden Murder Mystery. Cover painting by Robert Stanley. Numerous well-known authors had their books reprinted as Dell Map Backs such as Rex Stout, David Dodge, Agatha Christie and Dashiell Hammett. According to William H. Lyles, author of Putting Dell on the Map: A History of the Dell Paperbacks, "Dell achieved more variety than any of its early competitors. It did so, at first, with an instantly identifiable format of vibrant airbrushed covers for its predominantly genre fiction, varying 'eye-in-keyhole' logos, maps on the back covers, lists of the books' characters, and 'tantalizer-pages.'"