Jonathan Latimer, Red Gardenias, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1939
The Doubleday Crime Club was one of the most famous Crime Series. It started in 1928 and thus was an exact contemporary to European Series Le Masque (Librairie des Champs Elysées) and Giallo Mondadori . Like both Le Masque, in France and Giallo, in Italy, it went on to publish well over 2000 titles, over more than six decades. It found immediate success, thanks to the popularity of Edgar Wallace’s books, which it introduced in America and of which it sold 5 millions in its first year. The Series rank among the most beautifully designed editions of Crime Fiction hardbacks.