THE MAN IN THE TRICORN HAT.
London: Methuen, (1960) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first book featuring Juan Llorca, a member of the Spanish Civil Guard. When a Texas oil millionaire with a penchant for paintings is murdered, Juan finds himself distracted by the beautiful but enigmatic young English widow Julia Fairfax and distraught when she becomes a prime suspect in the murder case. There are hints of blackmail and art forgery as well. An enjoyable mystery with an authentic background of life in a Spanish village - a village much like the one where the author lives. 200 pp.