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Beat Not the Bones

by Charlotte Jay [Geraldine Halls]

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  • hardcover
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1952. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fair/Very Good+. Stated First Edition. Black cloth spine with gilt lettering; beige boards. Strips of black tape on boards (from previous dustjacket protective sleeve). Missing ffep. Tape ghosts on half-title page and rear endpaper. Previous owner's name at top of title page and rear paste-down. Soiling on first couple pages of chapter one, otherwise pages are generally clean. Dust jacket shows very light wear along edges; some rubbing and a little heavier wear at head and tail of spine; not price clipped ($2.50). DJ in archival sleeve. 250 pp. 8.25 x 5.75 inches. Beat Not the Bones was the inaugural winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel (1954). Set in colonial New Guinea, a young woman searches to find out the truth behind the death of her husband, the colonial administration's chief anthropologist. She fights "the heat, the insects, and the human beings who had been distorted by the tropics, by drink, by fears of themselves and their wretched lives." Charlotte Jay is the pseudonym of the Australian mystery writer Geraldine Halls (1919-1996). She lived in New Guinea between 1948 and 1950 where she had a job that afforded her the opportunity to travel around the coast to some of the most primitive and least accessible parts of the island.


Beat Not the Bones is a 1952 suspense novel by Charlotte Jay (pseudonym of Geraldine Halls) which won the inaugural Edgar award for best novel . The novel follows the actions of a sheltered young women who arrives in New Guinea from Australia, determined to find out what really happened to her husband, the Chief Anthropologist in the colonial administration. His death has been ascribed to suicide but she has reason to believe it was murder.

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Beat Not the Bones
Charlotte Jay [Geraldine Halls]
Book condition
Used - Fair
Jacket condition
Very Good+
1st Edition
Harper & Brothers
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
fiction, mystery, novel, Edgar Award, Edgar Allan Poe Award, Australian authors,

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