Best Detective Stories - Cyril HareLondon: Faber & Faber, 1959, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little loss to the spine ends, small scuff to the upper panel. Slight lean. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “Readers of short stories in newspapers and periodicals during the last twenty years will from time to time have encountered, always with pleasure, the name of Cyril Hare. (He is, of course, known to a very large public as one of the most brilliant writers of full-length detective stories.) He wrote stories of all lengths, but was a specialist in what has come to be called the short short story, more gracefully described by the French as the conte. In this type of story, whether with a legal or with a criminal background, he had few equals. The present volume is a selection made from the whole body of his published and unpublished stories.
As many readers will know, Cyril Hare was the pseudonym of His Honour Judge Gordon Clark whose untimely death occurred last year. Mr. Gilbert, who is himself a lawyer, a friend of the author, and a very distinguished writer of detective fiction, has prefaced the collection with an introduction which is both an enlivening and witty discussion of Cyril Hare’s work, and an affectionate and living portrait of Mr. Hare himself.”