Title: Beware the Young Stranger
Author: Ellery Queen (Talmage Powell, ghostwriter)
Publication Year: 1965
Publisher: Pocket Books (50489)
Special Attributes: An Original Pocket Book edition, first printing
Used Condition: tight binding, clean text, no marks, not ex-library, slight spine slant
Description from inside front cover:
"Keith," he called in a clear, calm voice. "If you're here, we came alone. We'd like to talk with you. You may show yourself safely. We're not armed and we'll keep our distance."
A breeze, surly with the last chill of spring, sighed through the pines. Gravel crunched softly beneath their feet.
"Listen," Ralph said, "I heard something. I heard movement up there ... on the hill above the driveway."
Vallancourt's mouth was afflicted with a creeping dryness. Unbidden, his mind created an imaginary scene. Nancy up there on the dark hillside, realizing now what a foolish and terrible mistake she had made. Nancy helpless against Keith's strength, his arm locked about her throat, his breath hot against her ear as he warned her not to make a sound. His daughter with a man who had quite possibly already killed twice.