Edition: First printing

London: Thomas Nelson, 1939. Green cloth, spine lettered in yellow. pp (346), [2]. Light soil spot on spine, small tan spot to rear free endpaper, light yellowing to page edges and endpapers, else a fine, bright copy. Dust jacket has chips, rubbing and small tears to ends of lightly darkened spine but only a small part of two letters affected; fingernail size chip to front panel; small chips to outer corners; two inch split to lower rear spine fold; rear panel lightly soiled, with a skinned spot to blank lower margein; generally VG otherwise, colours bright, flap price (7/6) intact, decent in appearance. A crime novel in which we are told at the outset that the K.C. who is defending an accused man is himself the murderer. Features an authentic murder trial. "Jack" Kennedy, born in London, UK, was a member of Toronto's Arts and Letters Club where he knew Canadian crime writer William Lacey Amy ("Luke Allan") and where he bet Amy he could write a crime novel as good as any of the Luke Allan tales. After taking his degree at Cambridge, he was sent to British Columbia to be a fruit farmer. He instead chose to study law and was called to the BC bar in 1918. He next moved to Port Arthur, ON, and then to Toronto, being called to the Ontario bar in 1921. He became an outstanding lawyer and a partner in Manning, Mortimer and Kennedy. He was also an outstanding tennis player, though he had only one usuable arm owing to a childhood bout with polio. Kennedy became a more than competent watercolourist, claiming that Lawren Harris taught him how to paint while he taught Harris how to play tennis. He wrote the official history of the Dept. of Munitions and Supply in WWII, and in 1952 moved to Peterborough where he served as a judge until his retirement in 1963. The present book is the second of his three crime novels. Skene-Melvin p 120. Uncommon book, scarce in jacket. ; Octavo

Book ID: 49963
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