A Mind to Murder

Price: 385.00 USD

New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1967. First Printing (with Scribners 'A' on copyright page) of the author's second novel, first published, in Great Britain, in 1963. 8vo: 234pp. Publisher's pea-green cloth, fetish device to front cover and spine lettered in bright blue, first state illustrated dust jacket (with Feb. '67 and $3.95 on front flap). A bright, nearly pristine example (apparently unread), save for neat inscription on fly leaf. Set in a London psychiatric hospital, the Steen Clinic, whose administrative officer is bludgeoned, then stabbed through the heart with a chisel, clutching to her breast a wood-carved fetish. "Although it is an early work, A Mind to Murder features a surprise ending so cleverly conceived that it does not seem at all like a cheap device. In the novels that have followed, James has shown an increasing mastery of the labyrinthine murder-and-detection plot." But quite apart from Detective Adam Dalgliesh's unraveling of the murder mystery, which "affords the principal pleasure to one large group of her readers, a second group most admires the subtlety and psychological validity of James's characterizations. . . . Critics have often remarked that James, more than almost any other modern mystery writer, has succeeded in overcoming the limitations of the genre. In addition, she has created one of the more memorable progeny of Sherlock Holmes [in Dalgliesh]." (enotes) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. First American Edition. Fine.


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