It Couldn’t Matter Less - Peter Cheyney 1941 - Collins, London - First Edition First edition of Cheyney’s fourth Slim Callaghan novel. Dust jacket not price-clipped but without price printed, possibly for export.   Reginald Evelyn Peter Southouse Cheyney (1896-1951) was the first British writer to admit the influence of the American Hard-boiled school, the rumour is he began them after a bet of £5 that anybody could write a book along the lines of an American thriller, leading to his first novel ‘This Man is Dangerous’ featuring Lemmy Caution. During the 1920’s Cheyney worked for the Metropolitan Police as a police reporter and crime investigator, until his prolific writing career became successful (in 1946 alone, over 1.5 million copies of his books were sold). A meticulous researcher, Cheyney kept a massive set of files on criminal activity in London.

References: Herbert, ‘
The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing’, 201. Reilly,’Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers’ (1980), 300.

Octavo (book size 19x13cm), pp. 252 [3 (publisher’s ads)]. In publisher’s pale yellow cloth, spine lettered in green, Stamp of ‘A Pater Cheyney Novel’ blocked in green to front board, all edges trimmed.
Dust jacket without price (as published?), and with later touch-up of colour to spine.
  Condition: Near fine, couple of spots to fore-edge and light foxing to last few pages, in very good dust jacket with minor wear to spine ends and corners, faint spotting to front flap, and some colour touch-up to spine.   Ref: 109929   Price: HK$ 2,500