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!" Near Fine, short gift inscription at front endpaper, in Very Good dustjacket, half inch chip at lower spine end, few small edge chips and closed tears, small chip at mid-front flap edge.