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SWING AWAY, CLIMBER [Novel] Glyn Carr 1959 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By Carr, Glyn [pseudonym for Showell Styles]
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New York, 1959, 1st USA edition. 255 pp. Neate X-78. Hardcover with dust jacket. Spine and front of the jacket are nice, some edge wear, rubbing. Near Fine.

Shakespearean actor-manager, mountaineer, and amateur detective Sir Abercrombie Lewker arrives for a weekend's rock climbing; he finds the other climbers to be a congenial lot and looks forward to the weekend. Then tragedy strikes and mystery abounds.
 
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 recently 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. Born in 1908, Styles-Carr made his home in his native Wales, passed away in 2005, age 97.  


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