Central City specialized in vice, legal gambling and easy divorces. Teen-age “B” girls in low-cut evening gowns drank with the suckers. If the sucker’s bank account was substantial enough, he would be drugged and “found” in a hotel room with a scantily clad bit of Jail Bait. This badger game served the dual purpose of enslaving the girl and exacting a considerable income from the victim. Freelance crime was not tolerated in Central City; all such activities were conducted on a highly organized basis headed by the anonymous “Mr Big.”
When Tom Doyle, Chicago investigator, accepted a blind case in Central City, he ran head on into Mr Big’s organization. Doyle was greeted on his arrival by the Karney twins, who pistol-whipped him into a pulpy mass of bruised flesh and gently invited him to leave their fair city….
Doyle soon learned that the solution to his case depended on getting Mr Big. Many people were murdered to prevent Doyle from accomplishing this and before the case was over, Tom had cause to wonder – IF THE COFFIN FITS.
A paperback original first edition.
Title: If The Coffin Fits
Author: Gunnar Hjerstedt writing as Day Keene
Imprint & Number: Graphic 43
Cover price: none
Publication date: 1952
Cover artist: uncredited
A classic among those that collect “hypo covers,” or pulps/paperbacks/comics with a prominently displayed hypodermic needle.
Gary Lovisi’s Antique Trader Collectible Paperback Price Guide has this edition valued between $8 and $120, depending on condition.