By St. Clair McKelway. Would McKelway be as amused as I to see how many online sellers render the title as "from the ANALS of Crime"? Who can say. I can say that this is a revered entry in the genre: a compendium of stories from The New Yorker about, among others, a New York fire chief's oral history of firebugs; "the most expert and persistent subpoena server in history"; and counterfeiter "Mister 880." Full list is on the back cover in the pic; if you want to know how the older half lived, this is the vintage true-crimer for you.
I'm quite fond of this little paperback for the cover art, but it's not in great shape: there's that fingerprint-y blot on the front cover (probably not a design element); page toning; some kind of wax situation on the bottom page edges; and lots of rubbing (and a crack) to the spine. As well, there's a small split at the bottom spine joint, and as a result the flyleaf is coming free. It's been stored carefully, though, and with