New York: Phoenix Press, (1943). 12mo. Black cloth, stamped in yellow. 256 p. 1st edition. Bookplate & name on front endpaper, some wear at edges; else a good copy in a worn d.w. which has been internally reinforced & has the flaps affixed to the paste-downs. 
"At the Boston Book Fair, the mystery author Victor Quade had rashly boasted that, given the first three chapters, he could solve any crime story. Erma King, who found herself living in the middle of a mystery, took Quade at his word. Whereupon he found out that real-life detection is not quite so easy as its fictional counterpart," according to the blurb.