THE DETECTIVE WORE SILK DRAWERS.
Edition: First printing.
London: Macmillan, (1971) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Lovesey's second novel, and the second in the Sergeant Cribb series set in Victorian London - in the seedy world of bare-fist pugilism, forbidden in Victorian England, so the fighting has gone underground. When a headless body is found floating in the Thames, his hands 'pickled' for fighting, they select the young constable to infiltrate the gang, subjecting him to a rigorous program of purging, pickling and training. SIGNED on the title page. 187 pp. ISBN: 0-333125789.
Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (some light toning to the edges of the textblock and the cream background of the spine and back cover of the dj)