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THE PASS OF MORNING Showell Styles 1966 1st USA ed DJ Near Fine
By Styles, Showell
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New York, 1966, 1st USA edition. 128 pp. Mountaineering novel set in Norway. [Neate X355.] Fourth 'Hughes' story. Original lavender cloth hardcover with black lettering on spine; dust jacket, Near Fine.

Of the eighteen mystery novels written by Glyn Carr that featured mountain-climbing detective and government agent Abercrombie Lewker, only seven have been published in the US, and only five of these appeared contemporaneously with the British editions. Three of Lewker’s adventures were published under Carr’s real name, Showell Styles.  
 
Settings for the Lewker books include all of the obvious ones, and some that aren’t: Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Nepal, Majorca, France and Wales. Surprisingly enough, “Filthy,” as he is called by his friends, is described as short, bald and fat. Perhaps there is hope for all of us.
 
Styles-Carr had a life filled with many of the same kind of escapades as his hero, seeing much duty with the Royal Navy during World War II.  His first book, Death on Milestone Buttress (Geoffrey Bles, 1951) was published by Rue Morgue Press (2002), its first ever publication in the US. His second and third books were published by Dutton as Guilt Edged Mysteries.

From Wikipedia:

Frank Showell Styles (14 March 1908 – 19 February 2005) was an English writer and mountaineer.


Showell Styles was born in Four Oaks, Birmingham and educated at Bishop Vesey's Grammar School in nearby Sutton Coldfield.Known to his friends as 'Pip', Showell Styles' childhood was spent in the hills of North Wales where he became an avid mountaineer and explorer. During the Second World War, Styles joined the Royal Navy and was posted in the Mediterranean, but even there he walked and climbed as much as he could.


An aspiring writer, Styles already had articles published in Punch before setting out to make his living as an author. His first novel, Traitor's Mountain, was a murder mystery set on and around Tryfan in Wales. He became a prolific writer, with over 160 books published for children as well as adults. In addition to historic naval adventure fiction such as the Midshipman Quinn and Lieutenant Michael Fitton series set during the Napoleonic Wars, and non-fiction works on mountains and such as The Mountaineer's Weekend Book, he wrote detective fiction under the pseudonym of Glyn Carr, and humorous pieces as C.L. Inker.


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