The Gray Flannel Shroud



Edgar Award winner for Best First Novel (1960). Zenith # ZB-33. 159 pages. From Kirkus: "When Gordon Tait of Hagerty-Tait Advertising had a heart attack, up-and-coming, bright-young-man Dave Robbins gets the juicy Burke Baby Foods account. He discovers that the promotional Burke Baby was switched over a period of months. The follow-up leads to the further discoveries: that the new Baby is the illegitimate child of Tait and his mistress Annie Gander; that Gordon's wife, Grace, killed Annie in jealousy, the innocent photographer in fear, Gordon in greed, Annie's boyfriend in retaliation for blackmail. Having narrowly escaped his own death by the rampant Grace, Robbins decided, when she is suitably apprehended, that the advertising game is worth all the effort. Anyway he likes the boss' niece. Harmless." Light wear and soil, overall a nice clean copy.
  • The Gray Flannel Shroud
  • Henry Slesar
  • Zenith Books, 1959