New York: Vanguard Press, 1940. First Edition. Novelist decides to try his hand at crime fiction. Befriends the leaders of two rival gangs, then invites them both to his country house for a weekend of "fact-finding." Hijinks ensue. Nice copy of a later work by our one of our favorite writers of proletarian hard-boiled fiction, a genre in which the Vanguard Press specialized through the Great Depression. Octavo (20cm). Cloth boards; dustjacket; 304pp. Lightly worn copy, VG or better, in the original pictorial dustjacket which is lightly rubbed with a few small edge-chips, still on the better side of Very Good.