The Mystery of the Missing Passenger

By Robert Martin (Reginald Alec Martin)
First Published 1964 by Nelson
Illustrated by Antony Maitland
first edition wrapper. Click to enlarge
dustwrapper by
Antony Maitland
Nelson 1964
'I feel it in my bones that they'll ruin my holiday. Trouble gravitates to those two like bees to honey.'

That is what Detective-Sergeant Manny Gribbon says about Mike and Jim Dance at the start of their holidays when they all go off to North Devon - Jim and his friend Birdie to stay in a holiday camp, Mike in digs in the town, and and Manny and Uncle Tom fishing in the Brendan Valley. And sure enough Manny is right. The boys get tied in with a car crash and a lot happens afterwards - Manny does some telephoning, Mike makes two friends and the whole thing ends with a car chase, shooting and money blowing over the countryside - an exciting story well in the Martin tradition.

Both our copies, assumed first editions:
Nelson 1964:
Hardback with dustwrapper; boards light green with black blocking of title and author on the front board and same with publisher on spine; 125x185mm; 182pp; 4 illustrations including frontispiece, all b/w; dustwrapper full colour, separate picture on spine; rear plain blue with white Nelson logo upper centre; cover price 7/6 net.

Other editions:

Foreign editions:

Picazo, Barcelona, Spain 1972:

Published as El misterio del pasajero desaparecido

Laminated boards; 140x210 mm; 192 pages; translation by Luis Buelta; full colour cover artwork and nine black and white text illustrations by Alberto Sanatal.

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Spanish edition cover
Alberto Santal
Picazo 1972

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