Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. / The Crime Club, 1931. First American Edition. Second volume in Charteris's series featuring his long-lived and internationally famous anti-hero Simon Templar, a.k.a. The Saint. While Templar made his debut in the 1928 novel Meet the Tiger, Charteris was dissatisfied with the book, later declaring its only value was to introduce the character, and claiming the series actually began with Enter the Saint. The book contains a series of three novellas, detailing how the Saint began his career: "The Man Who Was Clever," "The Policeman with Wings," and "The Lawless Lady." Hubin, p.76. Item #4584
First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); black cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in red on spine and front cover; red topstain; dustjacket; 320pp. Light wear to extremities, some faint, scattered spotting to front cover, with a small abraded and discolored spot on upper front pastedown, showing an old price beneath; Very Good+. In a supplied dustjacket, with a few tiny rubbed spots, else bright and Fine.