Frozen Assets - P. G. (Pelham Grenville) WodehouseLondon: Herbert Jenkins, 1964, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a couple of very small nicks. Gift inscription to the first blank.
From the cover: “When Edmund Biffen Pyke departed this life he left behind him a mountain of money and a will calculated to make interested members of his family question his sanity. That he should leave his fortune to his hair brained godson Biffen suggested eccentricity; but his proviso that the young man should inherit only if he remained free from the clutches of the law until his thirtieth birthday had all the hallmarks of lunacy. Or so reasoned Lord Tilbury, brother of the deceased, who never missed a trick when it came to adding to his own massive fortune.
The proviso also worried Kay, Biffy’s sister. She knew that in Biffen’s code an inheritance of this magnitude would call for a series of major celebrations, and past experience showed that there had never been a festive occasion in Biffen’s butterfly existence that had not ended up in his taking a poke at some inoffensive member of the police force. Mercifully there were only a few days until the time limit ran out and so she enlisted the aid of Jerry Shoesmith, hoping that together they might hold Biffy in check long enough to see him safely through his period of probation.
And they might have done just that but for Temptation in the form of Percy Pilbeam. No serpent was ever more cunning than Pilbeam, and it was this reflection that brought Lord Tilbury a measure of comfort when he agreed to pay the exorbitant fees that Pilbeam demanded for his services.
How this tangle of intrigue is unwoven is uproariously related in one of the funniest novels for years. It is pure vintage Wodehouse.”