A tale of adventure and mystery featuring three young lads and Alfred Hitchcock, as they attempt to unravel the truth about a heist of jewels from a museum. Written to appeal to the young, and following the Enid Blyton or Just William trail with its cast of young people outwitting their elders and solving mysteries beyond the powers of their betters.
Robert Jay Arthur Jr. (1909–1969) was an American writer of speculative fiction known for his radio series 'The Mysterious Traveler', and for a series of young adult novels, 'The Three Investigators'. He also wrote TV scripts, in particular for Alfred Hitchcock's show 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents'. He was twice awarded an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama by the Mystery Writers of America.
Our copy is in generally good condition, with some exterior wear consistent with its age (corners bumped, shelf wear to top & bottom of spine, cover a little dulled with age, a 1.5 cm tear at bottom of spine - see photo). The paper-covered boards are illustrated with a scene of discovery (including a knife!); no dust jacket, as issued. Inside, illustrated dark-blue endpapers depict another exciting night-time scene in a cemetery, . The binding is firm, and the pages all clean and bright. There is foxing to the outside edges of the textblock but none within the pages. A light reddish mark on the last blank page is the only visible defect.