Tom Ward, Policeman - Bernard J. (James) FarmerLondon & Glasgow: Blackie & Son Limited, 1955, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss at the spine ends. Price Clipped. Leans. Edges of the textblock heavily spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Illustrated by way of: Frontispiece; Black & White Plates ;
From the cover: “Tom Ward, the son of a police officer, who has already been met in The Vanished Policeman and Policeman’s Holiday, is now himself in the Police Force. On his first beat he expects at once to discover crimes, but it is in the course of a quiet and innocent-seeming investigation that he uncovers something both startling and dangerous. A police constable had died under a cloud, and Tom feels there is enough mystery about the circumstances to warrant his interest. Aided by one of a group of toughs whose loyalty he gains by founding the Rugs, a rowing-club, he manages to interest his superiors in the case of P.O. Morse. Snide — forged banknotes — is being passed, and the question is how did P.C. Morse happen to possess some of it? The wrong-doers are a mixed but clever bunch, and Tom and his associates have to face dangers and discomfort and repeated mortification at being outwitted before the police get their man.
The author knows police methods and organization intimately and along with the skilful character interest and the excitement of the story is interwoven much information about a policeman’s life and work.”