[Item #47853] Death by Remote Control. pseud. Abraham Polonsky, Mitchell A. Wilson.

Death by Remote Control

New York: Hillman Periodicals, Inc., 1942. Reprint. Octavo (19cm); blue pictorial paper wrappers; 128pp. Wrappers creased and lightly soiled, with rubbing about the extremities; stray pencil mark on front. Textblock edged and preliminaries foxed; date penciled on title page (January 12, 1942); mild reading wear, else Very Good overall, very scarce.

The third entry in Hillman's "Detective Novel Classics" series, this humorously lurid mystery pulp tells the tale of an "electrical wizard" who is found dead in his personal electrocuting chamber (every house needs one). Our range of suspects include the usual dames and dodgy guys, all to be investigated by our chain-smoking detective, Marty Cohen.

Published under a joint pen name used by ecclectic writer and filmmaker Abraham Polonsky, who was blacklisted by the HUAC in 1951; this story is actually a reissue of his 1940 The Goose is Cooked, written in alternating chapters with novelist Mitchell A. Wilson. Don't miss the hilarious "dead giveaway" on page 89 with the two real authors referring to themselves by name.

Price: $25.00

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