Title:The Rope Began to Hang the Butcher : A Gil Henry Murder Mystery. A Dell Map-Back.
Publisher:  Dell Publishing Company, New York, 1944, 1944
Seller ID: 114847
GRAFTON, C. W. The Rope Began to Hang the Butcher : A Gil Henry Murder Mystery. New York : Dell Publishing Company, (copyright 1944). Pp (4),-288. Small 8vo (pocketbook), illustrated yellow card covers, lettered in yellow, pink and black, all edges dyed blue, with crime map on back cover.
A Dell Mystery 232.
A Dell Map-Back.
"Cornelius Warren ("Chip") Grafton (1909–1982) was an American crime novelist. He was born and raised in China, where his parents were working as missionaries. He was educated in Clinton, South Carolina, studying law and journalism, and became a municipal bond attorney in Louisville, Kentucky. The hero of his first two mystery novels (The Rat Began to Gnaw the Rope and The Rope Began to Hang the Butcher) was a lawyer named Gilmore Henry. Using the first two lines of a nursery rhyme as the titles of his first two novels suggested that other Gilmore Henry novels would follow, but none did. (A partial manuscript of a third novel, The Butcher Began to Kill the Ox, is known to exist. Henry did not appear in Grafton's two subsequent novels. In World War II, Grafton served with distinction as a military deception officer in the India-Burma theater.
Grafton was married to Vivian Harnsberger, and they had two daughters, Sue and Ann. Sue Grafton (1940- 2017) was also a writer and is famous for her "Alphabet Series" of crime novels. C. W. Grafton died four months before the publication of "A" Is for Alibi."
Slight peeling to edges of co vers, else very good. 40.00