The Mystery of the Car Bandits

By Robert Martin (Reginald Alec Martin)
First Published 1958 by Nelson
Illustrated by George Lane
First edition wrapper. Click to enlarge and see full picture
First edition dustwrapper
George Lane
Nelson 1958
Dyno-supers - those flashy, streamlined cars were constantly disappearing from the London streets. As a matter of fact Jim Dance and his friend Birdie actually saw one being taken from the kerbside. Unfortunately the police were having difficulty in tracing the thieves, so Jim and and Jim's brother Mike, and Birdie too, of course, became sleuths for a while; and what could be a better name for the sleuths than

A plan was worked out very carefully that would enable two of the boys to follow a stolen car on Mike's motor bike while the third boy informed the police of the number of the car - a plan that should have been foolproof. But was it ?

First edition:
Nelson 1958:
Hardback with dustwrapper; 135x190mm; green cloth with black blocking; 180pp; frontispiece and five full-page illustrations, all black and white; rear of half-title gives The Mystery of the Golden Skulls as By the same author; dustwrapper full colour and wraps to include the spine; rear is plain blue with Nelson logo; front flap has 'blurb' transcribed above; rear flap has 'blurb' for The Mystery of the Golden Skulls; cover price 5/- net.

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