1988; Doubleday publishers, New York; hardbound with red boards and gilt decor and lettering on cover and spine; quite good condition of book and dust jacket; see pics.
"Jennifer Blake can still vividly remember the day when, momentarily distracted by an odd young woman, she left her three-year-old daughter, Debbie, unattended in a grocery cart. Whe she turned back, the child had vanished...Now, seven years later, Jennifer has found hope...hope in the startling words of Corinthea Arles. The wealthy Mrs. Arles has telephoned from Victoria, on Vancouver Island. It seems she has seen Debbie's photograph and believes the little girl may be living in her own home..."
Phyllis Ayame Whitney (September 9, 1903 – February 8, 2008) was a Japanese-born American mystery writer. Rare for her genre, she wrote mysteries for both the juvenile and the adult markets, many of which feature exotic locations. Often described as a Gothic novelist, a review in The New York Times once dubbed her "The Queen of the American Gothics", although she hated this title. She preferred to say she wrote "romantic novels of suspense".
She was born in Japan to American parents and spent her early years in Asia. Whitney wrote more than seventy novels. In 1961, her book The Mystery of the Haunted Pool won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Juvenile novel, and she duplicated the honor in 1964, for The Mystery of the Hidden Hand. In 1988, the MWA gave her a Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement. In 1990, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romance Writers of America. Whitney died of pneumonia on February 8, 2008, aged 104.