New York: Boni and Liveright, 1928. First American edition. 8vo, 251pp; terracotta cloth. Faint glue remnant on the front pastedown, beneath the jacket flap, where a discreetly placed bookplate appears to have been removed; covers a bit rubbed and used; very good in a moderately rubbed dust jacket, spine darkened slightly, and with a touch of wear. Item #205643
Exposé on South American sex-trafficking by an inventor of modern investigative journalism. Londres was an adventurous reporter, travelling the world and uncovering a variety of scandals and untold stories on topics ranging from the penal colonies in the French West Indies, the Indian independence movement, lunatic asylums, the drug trade, and the Tour de France cycling race. He was killed in a suspicious shipboard fire while returning from an investigation in China at age forty seven. The highest French journalism award, the equivalent of the American Pulitzer Prize, is named for Londres, and he is thought to have been a model for the beloved cartoon character Tintin.