Best Underworld Stories - Edited by Douglas RutherfordLondon: Faber & Faber, 1969, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a short tear, now tape-repaired on the verso, to the foot of the lower panel. Price Clipped.
From the cover: “Take the trip which Douglas Rutherford has planned for you. There are crooks galore, from burglars of London’s Underworld and con men of various strata to gangsters and murderers. There are also a group of ageing anarchists who never fail to wring a certain concession from the French police, a political assassin of South America, an adventurer who finds himself searching among the dead passengers of a submerged aeroplane, a prisoner who has escaped from Penang to the mainland, a plantation recruiting officer who goes out in the dark of the moon and meets with the nocturnal Underworld of the bush.
The authors of these twenty-two stories include Peter Ustinov, Henry Cecil, Michael Gilbert, Brian Cleeve, Maurice Procter, Dan J. Marlowe, Edmund Crispin, Victor Canning, Olaf Ruhen, R. C. Hutchinson, Douglas Rutherford himself. The stories are in every mood — laconic, funny, strung-up, horrific — and are sometimes quite appallingly ingenious. It’s a seamy collection, but a richly entertaining one.”