New York, Dutton, 1949. First edition. Upon the passing of his mother, Martin Lynn is rebuffed by his local priest over lack of money for a lavish funeral and is driven to commit murder; everywhere he goes, the finger of guilt points at him. The Catholic Church is always by his side, both friend and foe. A crackling first novel and noirish tale. Near fine, small open tears and chipping to dust jacket. $10.00.