Corners bumped including a couple pages, slight edge wear. A tight, attractive copy.
Rex Stout's first novel, originally written in 1913 (during his first writing career), was never published in book form until 1997.
"Prefiguring the devices and charades of the celebrated Nero Wolfe mysteries, Rex Stout's first detective novel follows the fortunes of the pretty, young Lila Williams, a telegraph operator at New York's swank Lamartine Hotel, as she becomes unwittingly enmeshed in the operations of a counterfeiting ring. For nothing here is quite what it seems, not even the safety Lila thinks she finds in the arms of the man who quickens the beat of her heart."; 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall