First edition. Inscribed by Plummer to the front endpaper: “To Mavis & Bill from Joyce & Tom. When Brian’s a wee bit older let him have this book: Sep. 10th 1947. Uncle Tom.” The book is bound in quite bumped and rubbed red cloth lettered in black to the spine, there is some staining to the cloth. The text block is slightly toned, foxed and dusty, it has been well read and is cracked at points and somewhat fragile, but holding together reasonably firmly. A Frampton novel from this prolific crime writer, warmly inscribed in the year of publication.