New York: Dell Publishing Company, Circa 1943. Paperback. 240pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Illustrated wraps. The text block edges have the publisher's blue stain. Good. The spine and covers are rubbed and creased. There is a 1/4" tear in the paper at the foot of the spine. There is a small loss from the top fore edge corner of the rear cover. The text block edges have faded a bit, and the text block is just beginning to pull away from the covers. There is an old price sticker on the front free endsheet. Browned pages. Item #36566
A Dell Mystery. Dell 96. Map Back. A Todd McKinnon Murder Mystery. The intricately rendered scene-of-the-crime representations on the back of the Dell Map Backs made them popular and collectible. 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.'"