Green for Danger

BRAND, Christianna. Green for Danger.

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BRAND, Christianna. Green for Danger London, John Lane, 1946.

8vo. Original green cloth stamped in black with an image of a dog with floppy ears following footprints, in the original green and white illustrated dust wrapper depicting three surgeons hard at work on a patient under a glaring overhead lamp; pp.224; some light fading to the spine, very occasional light foxing - a very good copy, not price-clipped.
First UK edition, second impression, of Brand's most famous novel, in the dustwrapper. This moody hospital murder mystery premiered as a film in London later the same year. The title is a reference to the colour-coding used on anaesthetists' gas canisters, and the plot revolves around mysterious deaths on the operating table. Brand spent time in a wartime hospital researching this, and in a rather acerbic author's note pointedly rebukes any suggestion that characters in the novel were based on real people.