New York, Harper & Brothers, 1949. First US edition. Kings Council Patrick Butler is alternately known as 'The Great Defender' and 'That damned Irishman.' He is charged with defending Joyce Ellis on a murder charge, despite his firm belief that he is guilty. When more victims of mysterious poisoning crop up, enter Dr. Gideon Fell. Lovely crisp copy; dust jacket shows wear and chipping to extremities with small open tears. Markings to rear panel. $65.00.