The House of the Seven Flies - Victor CanningLondon: Hodder & Stoughton, 1952, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded.
From the cover: “The House of the Seven Flies is a story of adventure in Holland, the highly exciting solution of an unsolved mystery of 1944, when nearly a quarter of a million pounds-worth of stones had been stolen from an Amsterdam bank. Its rival treasure-hunters — seven men and women up against one another or in uneasy partnership — are real and intriguing characters.
You could never be certain, never, thought Detective-Inspector Molenaar. Men and women were like cash accounts, from day to day you had to strike a balance and accept it. Only ‘in the long run could you find out whether they stood on the credit or debit side of truth.
Its puzzle is a complicated one. High stakes, and a race that must be run in secret — to a point unknown.
"Seven flies” Furse the Englishman kept saying to himself. He had to find the place, house, landmark, whatever it might be. Kapitan Walter Maserling had used it as a mark; Maserling was a German and methodical. He would never have chosen an orienting point which might be obliterated, or so esoteric that it could only be discovered by himself. He would find it, thought Furse. He had to find it.”