Death in Red. [Typescript detective novel] “by Robert Dewees”. Detective Fiction, Robert E. Nuese.
Death in Red. [Typescript detective novel] “by Robert Dewees”
Death in Red. [Typescript detective novel] “by Robert Dewees”

‘the friendly presence of the thousands of volumes in the stacks’

Death in Red. [Typescript detective novel] “by Robert Dewees”.

[N.p., New York: n.d. 1930s?].

Apparently unpublished. Typescript. [5], 259 leaves, text on recto only, with occasional corrections/alternative readings in pencil. 1 vols. 4to (11 x 8-12 inches). ‘the friendly presence of the thousands of volumes in the stacks’. Hole-punched and bound by metal fastener between thin card covers with typescript title label affixed to upper cover. Covers creased, otherwise very good. In grey archival box. Provenance: Naninne Joseph (literary agent, 200 West 54th Street, New York), with her ink-stamp on title sheet. Item #267902

“feeling, as he often did, the friendly presence of the thousands of volumes in the stacks”

An intriguing novel involving the brilliant Dr. Orlando Fenloe, whose “agency” is actualy a private library — the “Baconian Library” on Bacon Square in lower Manhattan, which doesn’t have clients but “members” who are entitled to call upon the research services the library can offer. Mr. Bottsford, minority shareholder in United Emporia, asks Fenloe to look into the activities of the chairman, Mr. Manfred. Missing silver, assaults, car crashes, and when Santa Claus topples over in one of the display windows at Randall’s department store, it turns out to be the corpse of Manfred. There are red herrings and tough talking policemen, and at the conclusion, Fenloe explains all.

Cornwall, Connecticut, may be the link between the author and agent Nannine Joseph. The latter’s clients included Mark van Doren, who had a house in Cornwall, and, at one time, the Roosevelts.

An unpublished novel with bibliophilic elements.

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