First Edition. Cobbledick dustjacket art. Rare early murder mystery by this well-known screenwriter and author of pulp and hard-boiled fiction. "She had been a great actress on the American stage. But now the inexorable march of years had caught up with her. Life had become dull, barren and incredibly stupid, and she had become obsessed with the idea of death. So she decided to commit a murder!" Very Good, some soiling and few drip spots to cloth, in Very Good dustjacket, nickel sized chip at top spine end, modest wear at edges and flap folds, few nicks.