New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1937. First American Edition. Attractive copy of Daly's second hard-boiled novel featuring Vee Brown, his best-known detective after Race Williams. "In Emperor of Evil, he tangles with Vincent van Houton, an apparently respectable member of society who is actually a human devil, the head of the Black Death organization, and so successful at concealing his identity that the police refuse to believe in his guilt" (Penzler & Steinbrunner, p.116). Scarce in dustjacket, particularly inscribed. Hubin, p.104. Item #2718
First Printing. Octavo (19.25cm); navy blue cloth, with titles stamped in orange on spine and front cover; dustjacket; x,302pp. Inscribed by Daly to his secretary, Betty Grover Eisner, on the front endpaper: "June 14, 1939 / For Betty Eisner / my partner in crime / Carroll John Daly." Spine ends gently nudged, upper edge of textblock foxed, else Near Fine and clean throughout. In an attractive example of the dustjacket designed by Arthur Hawkins, Jr.; unclipped (priced $2.00), lightly edgeworn, with two shallow losses to crown (none affecting lettering), a few tiny nicks and short tears; Very Good+.