Published by Boardman Books UK, 1951, this is a sharp copy with classic period cover art of Chord in Crimson by 'Gale Gallagher' Number 99 in the published series ( but a standalone murder mystery) Originally published in the USA in 1949.
There are two small bumps to teh head and base of teh spine there are period tape strengthening to both, but relatively minor and neatly done. Boardman republished US mass market paperback crime in the UK.
Gale Gallagher was a pseudonym used by Will Oursler & Margaret Scott.
Fast-talking skip tracer/private eye GALE GALLAGHER heads the Acme Investigating Bureau of New York City in two well-written books in the late forties.
Gallagher is arguably the missing link between the good girl sleuths of the past and the tougher modern female P.I.s of the present. In the "tag end" of her twenties, she's smart, well-dressed, and seems pretty self-assured and independent for that era. She goes to bars and jazz clubs alone, and enjoys the company of several men. She has a license to carry, though she rarely does, but she speaks with a dry wit and a "low-key toughness" that is all-together believable.
Gale Gallagher was the pseudonym of married couple Margaret Scott and Will Oursler. Besides co-creating Gallagher, Oursler is probably best-known in hard-boiled circles for editing the 1951 collection of hard-boiled pulp tales As Tough as They Come.