The Chinese Box

By Robert Martin (Reginald Alec Martin)
First Published 1960 by Hutchinson
Illustrated by Richard Kennedy
First edition wrapper. Click to see full wrapper
First edition dustwrapper by
Richard Kennedy
Hutchinson 1960
Just because you do somebody a good turn you don't expect to get involved in a burglary, kidnapping and detecting. Ginger had a soft spot for sharp-toned Granny Tippit. He was a long way from being an old age pensioner himself, but all the same he could feel for the old lady when it grew pretty plain that her biting remarks had driven most of her neighbours into their shells. So Ginger took on her weekly shopping, and it didn't really seem much of a burden until one Saturday morning when she entrusted him with a Chinese box.

From then on Ginger found himself in some dangerously tight corners . . . .

First edition:
Hardback with dustwrapper; yellow boards with blue blocking on spine; no logo front board; 125x190mm; head logo on title page and 15 other line drawings; dustwrapper colour picture front and separate figure on spine; front flap 'blurb' (in part reprroduced above) and cover price 9s 6d net; rear flap has press comments on other three books in series; rear of d/w describes main characters (seen when picture is enlarged) and states re books in series: 'each 8s 6d net'.

I assume 'sharp-toned' in the blurb above is an error for 'sharp-tongued'.

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