KING, Rufus. Murder by the Clock. Garden City New York: Printed for the Crime Club by Doubleday Doran & Company, 1929.
8vo., original black cloth with lettering in red to upper board and spine. Pictorial dust wrapper designed by McKnight Kauffer; pp. viii, 288. Wrapper with a little chipping and creasing; one larger chip to upper edge of front panel; rear hinge cracked; otherwise a very good copy.
First Edition of the first Lieutenant Valcour mystery, a French-Canadian detective attached to the NYPD. King's most famous novel, the plot involves the mystery of a double murder: at 8:34 P.M. the victim is found dead, but at midnight is revived by the injection of adrenaline to the heart. But by 1am he has been murdered again. Adapted into the 1931 film starring William Boyd.
A Haycraft Queen Cornerstone title.