Vintage Mystery: Beat Not the Bones 1st Edition in Dust Jacket 1952 by Charlotte Jay - Edgar Allan Poe Award


Title: Beat Not the Bones

Author: Charlotte Jay [Geraldine Halls]

Description: Stated First Edition. Black cloth spine with gilt lettering; beige boards. Strips of black tape on boards (from previous dustjacket protective sleeve). Missing ffep. Tape ghosts on half-title page and rear endpaper. Previous owner's name at top of title page and rear paste-down. Soiling on first couple pages of chapter one, otherwise pages are generally clean. Dust jacket shows very light wear along edges; some rubbing and a little heavier wear at head and tail of spine; not price clipped ($2.50). DJ in archival sleeve. 250 pp. 8.25 x 5.75 inches.

Beat Not the Bones was the inaugural winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel (1954). Set in colonial New Guinea, a young woman searches to find out the truth behind the death of her husband, the colonial administration's chief anthropologist. She fights "the heat, the insects, and the human beings who had been distorted by the tropics, by drink, by fears of themselves and their wretched lives."

Charlotte Jay is the pseudonym of the Australian mystery writer Geraldine Halls (1919-1996). She lived in New Guinea between 1948 and 1950 where she had a job that afforded her the opportunity to travel around the coast to some of the most primitive and least accessible parts of the island.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Fair
Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Publisher: Harper & Brothers
Place: New York
Year: 1952

Language: English

ISBN: n/a

Keywords: fiction, mystery, novel, Edgar Award, Edgar Allan Poe Award, Australian authors,

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