Fly Away Paul - Victor CanningNew York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1936, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, a little loss to the head of the spine and tanned on the verso. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “Mr. Finchley’s Holiday introduced to America a young novelist with a talent for telling a racy, cheerful, picturesque and exciting tale. Here is another story of that genre, with a magnificent zest for living.
When Paul Morison, a young American, set out for England, his mother’s ancestral home, he stowed away on the S. S. Pandaric as the result of an impulsive bet with a friend. The ship was hardly at sea when things began to pop for adventurous Paul. For fifteen hours he dodged officers and deck hands, then was discovered and put to work in the kitchen.
Among the first-class passengers was the famous American crooner and radio star, Peter Gabriel, fleeing New York police who wanted him for embezzlement of funds from a charity which he had sponsored on the air. Through a series of unusual circumstances, Paul Morison was induced to change places with Peter and to go ashore in England on his passport, wholly unsuspecting that he would be impersonating a criminal.
The subsequent mixture of identities and the situations which developed when Scotland Yard got on the trail, provide a mad, merry yarn that is kaleidoscopic in its speed and endlessly entertaining.”