The Beckoning Dream
First edition of Berckman's second novel
First edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 19 × 12.5cm, 192pp.
Connie Walworth, a young widow of extravagant tastes and no income, believed that her husband's family owed her a living. They thought otherwise and just let her beg or sponge. Seeing one of the diaries which Archibald Gedney had kept while dying in an expensive nursing home gave Connie an idea. The diary revealed that Archibald had been troubled by a recurrent, haunting dream. Archibald Gedney, thought Connie, carried a subconscious load of guilt about something. So she started prying into Gedney family affairs and found that they all came into money through the sudden death of their stepmother years back. Could this death have been an unsuspected, diabolical murder for profit?
The book was filmed for television as Worse Than Murder, 1960, starring Boris Karloff and Constance Ford.
A good copy. The book is a bit tired, with spotted foxing to the page edges and dusting to the top edge. The dustwrapper is rubbed to the edges and has been price-clipped.