Garden City: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1945. First edition. Hardcover. 189 pp. Octavo [20cm] Red cloth over boards with title stamped in black on spine. Crime Club Selection stamped in black on front board. Spine ends lightly bumped. Textblock mildly yellowed. In a dust jacket with chipped edges. Price sticker residue on rear panel. Very Good / Near fine. Item #64664
From the dust jacket-
"Here is the gist of the story: After arranging for the murder of his wife, Alan turns flip-flops trying to prevent its accomplishment.
Alan J. Admont, it appears, had married the rich old cobra, Christine, but not in a fit of blind passion. Thus he agreed quite readily when a gangster suggested Christine should be liquidated in order to pay off the $25,00 Alan owed him. Since Christine's will made Alan her sole beneficiary an expert in murder was necessary to make the job "accidental" and here's where the dove came in.
"Je os a gentlemanly, mild-mannered old guy, and for looks you would think that a sneeze would blow him away. He likes accidents. Sometimes he likes illnesses. Some of the traps he's rigged up would honestly make you laugh. And once you turn him loose on a job, you never see him again until it's over. He works like a ghost."
Then Christine put all of her money in an annuity, and it became Alan's main object in life to protect Christine from the murder he had engineered. In a menage fulll of completely fantastic chracter, Alan tremvles and shrieks and curses, frantically wondering when the blow is to fall on his golded egg."