New York: William Morrow and Company, 1952. First edition. Original publisher's cloth binding stamped in black on spine and front board. Some bumping and shelf wear to bottom extremities. In an unclipped, VG+ jacket that that shows some toning, particularly to the rear panel and flaps; chipping to edges of front panel, wear to the extremities of the spine, and a small closed tear to the top of the rear panel. Signed and inscribed by the author on the front endpaper.
Number 39 in Gardner's famed Perry Mason series, the present novel finds the infamous detective in a steak restaurant with his secretary, celebrating his most recently-won case. Mystery and intrigue soon follow, as a waitress with a moth-eaten mink flees the restaurant, raising questions that lead Mason into a whole new case. The mink, a gun linked to the murder of a cop, and a dead body in a hotel -- these are the components that make the novel, which was adapted into one of the most popular episodes of the Perry Mason tv series. Near Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #2645)