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Death in the Limelight by A E Martin

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A. E. Martin (1885-1955), the author of this book, was born in North Adelaide and grew up in Orroroo. With C.J. Dennis, he founded and co-owned the weekly newspaper, Gadfly, which folded in 1909.

In 1912 Martin left for the fairgrounds of Europe, where Houdini became his mentor, and he later became involved in promoting circus events and vaudeville acts back in Australia. After the war he wrote and published magazines for soldiers and children's comics.

Martin did not begin his career as a novelist until he was over fifty. In 1942 he won an award from the Australian Women's Weekly for ''Common People''. Many of Martin's mystery novels were published in America and Britain. He also had short stories published in US mystery magazine Ellery Queen and wrote radio plays and serials for George Edwards productions. He died of cancer in 1955.

Many of the characters in Martin's novels were drawn from his experience of show business and circus life.

All this is to give you some indication of the quality of the story of this edition. The book was published in 1946 by Simon and Schuster, New York as part of what looks like a mystery book club called "The Inner Sanctum Mystery". The book club idea is my theory, anyway.

This edition is bound in black cloth-covered boards. The spine is bumped on the top and bottom while the boards are actually pretty good without any shelf-wear. The pages are rough edged on the front and bottom adding to my impression that this is a book club edition. The pages themselves are quite clear with no foxing or stains and completely intact. The whole production quality is what one would expect from the US after it had just been through rations and such in support of World War ll. The book is approximately 7 3/4" by 5" in size and is 284 pages long.
A. E. Martin (1885-1955), the author of this book, was born in North Adelaide and grew up in Orroroo. With C.J. Dennis, he founded and co-owned the weekly newspaper, Gadfly, which folded in 1909.

In 1912 Martin left for the fairgrounds of Europe, where Houdini became his mentor, and he later became involved in promoting circus events and vaudeville acts back in Australia. After the war he wrote and published magazines for soldiers and children's comics.

Martin did not begin his career as a novelist until he was over fifty. In 1942 he won an award from the Australian Women's Weekly for ''Common People''. Many of Martin's mystery novels were published in America and Britain. He also had short stories published in US mystery magazine Ellery Queen and wrote radio plays and serials for George Edwards productions. He died of cancer in 1955.

Many of the characters in Martin's novels were drawn from his experience of show business and circus life.

All this is to give you some indication of the quality of the story of this edition. The book was published in 1946 by Simon and Schuster, New York as part of what looks like a mystery book club called "The Inner Sanctum Mystery". The book club idea is my theory, anyway.

This edition is bound in black cloth-covered boards. The spine is bumped on the top and bottom while the boards are actually pretty good without any shelf-wear. The pages are rough edged on the front and bottom adding to my impression that this is a book club edition. The pages themselves are quite clear with no foxing or stains and completely intact. The whole production quality is what one would expect from the US after it had just been through rations and such in support of World War ll. The book is approximately 7 3/4" by 5" in size and is 284 pages long.

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