Notes: A novel featuring Downing's recurring character, the US Customs Service inspector Hugh Rennert. Like most of Downing's novels, this one is set in Mexico. The scene here is a remote ranch in Tamaulipas where three murders take place.
Downing was a member of the Choctaw Nation, born in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) in 1902. He was the first commercially successful Native American and Oklahoman mystery writer. He was particularly interested in Mexico and the Spanish language (he also spoke Choctaw, French, and Italian) and wrote a book on the history of Mexico from the indigenous perspective, The Mexican Earth (1940; republished 1996).
Edition + Condition: First ediiton (stated). A near fine copy in a very near fine dust jacket with only the lightest shelfwear. A lovely copy of a scarce jacket.
Publication: New York: Published for the Crime Club by Doubleday, Doran and Co., 1937.
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