London: Nelson, 1913. First Edition. Minor cloth wear; very good. A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Haycraft notes in Murder for Pleasure (New York, 1941) that this book, “...like every epochal work, must be regarded in its own historical spectrum to be fully appreciated. Compared to the highly developed product of to-day, it is competent, literate...but in no sense of the word pyrotechnic. Its deceptive un-remarkableness, in fact, is the chief reason for its uniqueness in an era in which flamboyance and over-writing were the hallmarks of the crime novel...Trent’s Last Case stands truly first among modern examples of the genre.” John Carter, among the earliest champions of detective fiction, called Bentley “the father of the contemporary detective novel.”.