THE MAN WHO DIDN'T EXIST. New York: William Morrow & Company, 1937. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-276 [277-280: blank] [note: last two leaves are blanks], original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in red, top edge stained red, fore-edge rough cut. First edition. The author's third mystery novel. Features newspaperman Robin Bishop. "Between 1936 and 1946, Homes published 12 detective and suspense novels set primarily in the valleys and foothills of north-central California. Each is distinguished by clever plotting, semi-hard-boiled realism, fast-paced action, witty and remarkably good dialogue, and some of the finest and most vivid descriptive passages in mystery fiction." - Pederson (ed), St. James Guide To Crime and Mystery Writers (4th ed.), p. 533. Lower corner a trifle bumped, top edge dusty, but a bright, fine copy in very good plus dust jacket with mild rubbing to corners and edges, small closed tear to upper front panel, and color of spine lettering a bit faded. (#127404).